And then there’s the idea of reducing my carbon footprint and living in a place where I have everything I need and nothing more. On a practical level, just think of the hours I won’t spend cleaning or putting things away!
Which brings me to an article I’ve just read on an award-winning home near Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island. Taking out the Small Home category, admittedly it’s gorgeous and brilliantly designed but with a floor area of 120m² that’s not small. At least not to me. This studio apartment I’m currently sitting in is SMALL. At somewhere in the region of 33m² not including the deck, this is more what I had in mind when wondering if I could really, really, cope without the luxury of space - otherwise known as umpteen spare bedrooms, walk-in-wardrobes, laundry rooms, and such. And if not, then just how much do I need?
So here we are, Jas and I, experimenting between house-sits!
Included in our studio apartment (which by-the-way has a market value of a cool half million NZ dollars) is a lovely, trendy kitchen, complete with stone benchtops and full sized stainless-steel appliances. Of course, there’s little room to rustle up a three-course meal for six, or indulge in anything as homely as bread-making or boiling up vats of blackberry jam, but when have I ever done either? The bathroom however is a little tight, and I have to say that apart from a couple of trips in a self-contained campervan, I’ve never been in a shower quite this small! But the living/sleeping area is adequate enough, at least for me here at a little glass table clicking away on my keyboard while Jas is out at work. It could be different come the weekend when other than locking yourself outside on the deck, they’ll be no getting away from each other!
It’ll be interesting to see how the experiment is faring in say, three weeks!