Detached cottages for couples are by design, small - this one is 6m x 12m, done in Waiheke earth brick. Two bedrooms, one bath, a large 6x6 room with open plan that combines kitchen, dining, sitting and bifold doors that open the western wall to the outdoors.
The major challenge with detached cottages in terms of affordable housing on Waiheke is the cost of land. A cottage with full kitchen is considered a separate dwelling. On Waiheke, the district plan considered multiple dwellings to be anathema. The major obstacle are the Council's rules and the expensive process to secure a resource consent.