This Prefab Home in New Zealand Makes the Most of Stunning Views While Sitting Lightly on the Land

A string of prefab pods helps a couple build an off-the-grid home on a remote, scenic site.

The panorama is staggering. High on a slope above Kenepuru Sound on New Zealand’s South Island, the parcel of land Kate Betteley and Ian Hamlin have owned for two decades overlooks a pristine coastal inlet. They have cultivated olives on the property and spent many vacations there, staying in a yurt or in small kitset shelters. But in the last few years, their ambitions have grown.

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Sam Eichblatt
Sam Eichblatt is a freelance journalist specializing in design, architecture, and culture.


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