Solo parenting is not well provided for in housing design.
Traditionally, children were raised by extended families in large houses with many relations.
The Quad House was a design that came out of a dialogue with a group of Waiheke solo mums.
- The building consists of four blocks around a central enclosed courtyard.
- The only access to the courtyard is from the homes.
- Each home's ground floor has a large bifold door that fully opens onto the courtyard
- The courtyard has a retractable awning to provide some rain and sun protection
- Each block is privately owned in unit title
- They felt comfortable with their living space being semi-private, but wanted the kitchen & bedroom private
- They also felt very comfortable inviting elders to live in one of the quad blocks; surrogate grandparents
The quad house saves on land costs, but requires the Council think laterally. Technically, it consists of four dwellings on a single section. It is socially and culturally beneficial, but conceptually is closer to Kainga style living than the traditional Kiwi quarter-acre section.