Meet Annelies Zwaan
Annelies Zwaan is no stranger to alternative forms of housing: her childhood was spent watching her father build the family home out of earth. So when her latest flat broke up, the Christchurch-based furniture maker saw an opportunity to build a home of her own.
“I realised that I was tired of flatting and I wanted my own space,” she explains. “Unfortunately, being a self-employed creative type meant I couldn’t afford a conventional home, so I started looking at alternatives.”
Zwaan initially found herself leaning towards a caravan, but memories of a cramped houseboat holiday in London soon came flooding back.
“I realised that if I was going to build something to live in, it had to be a place I would feel comfortable in year round,” she explains. “I didn’t want to feel trapped during the winter months, or try and get through a winter with no insulation.”