While prefab houses are rapidly becoming a thing, designers create more and more reasons to consider this type of living arrangement. I was really pleased to see this beauty by Australian company Archiblox, aptly titled Carbon Positive House. The building evolved from being just carbon neutral to producing more energy than it requires. It is achieved by tech, architectural, and gardening tricks, such as the buffer zone that allows the house to “breathe”, green roof for better insulation, vertical garden that also blocks sunlight, and more. This little building is a looker too, both inside and out. Very promising and exciting. See more photos after the break.
Designers Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa have teamed up with Japanese retailer Muji to create a set of ultra-simple cabins for Tokyo Design Week. All three houses cover the basics, such as kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and lounging area, and follow Muji’s Spartan approach to removing distractions and freeing space from the unnecessary objects. After all, a vacation cabin is there to unite us with nature, not things. See more photos after the break.
Escape Traveler by Escape Homes is a proper luxury home, scaled down to 269 square feet. And it is mobile, which is another major win. This little cottage on wheels is styled after the Canoe Bay Resort cottages in Northern Wisconsin. It features everything a normal house should have, such as a full-size kitchen and bathroom, bedroom, dining area, plus a few extras, like a washing machine and a fire place. It also has climate control and tons of over-the-head storage. See more photos after the break.
Wonder what it’s like to live in a tiny house? You can rent one and find out! Getaway co-founders Jon Staff and Pete Davis with the help of some Harvard Design School students, built vacation tiny houses that are available for rent. Here is how they describe their project: “We start by custom-building Instagram-able tiny houses that are big enough to live in, but small enough to live simply in. The houses are designed by Harvard Graduate School of Design students to provide the comforts of home — including a comfy queen bed, a stove, a toilet and shower, and classic books and board games — all while being completely off-grid.” The Gateway houses are currently available in the Boston area, although expanding to other locations is in plans. You can book the Getaway House here.
This tiny moveable house concept by Polish architect Tomasz Zabłotny, is envisioned as an answer to the unused post-industrial spaces. These houses, each taking a smaller footptint than a parking spot, could fill abandoned rail yards and other open spaces and serve as temporary accommodations for people working at music events, festivals, or involved in other artistic activities. These nomadic shelters fold down when not in use, and unfold, when the occupant is inside. They include all the necessities, such as sleeping area, desk, kitchenette, toilet and shower, as well as some basic storage. Check out the images after the break for a full tour.
I love this fun video of a tiny guest house, capable to accommodate three (!) people. The garage sliding bed is my favorite feature. The bathtub in the basement is another one. Available for rent here.
(Thank you, Kelly)
Here is another tiny house story that made me feel warm and fuzzy. Jenna and Guillaume managed to escape the rat race by building a tiny cabin on wheels, in which they travel and reflect on their adventures creatively, Guillaume as a photographer, and Jenna as a writer. Here’s how she describes the beginning of their tiny house story: “Two years ago my partner, Guillaume, and I were both burdened by high rent, a multitude of belongings, college debt and careers that allowed us to maintain that lifestyle. I was beginning to believe I’d never be able to pursue my passion for writing and Guillaume felt the same way about his photography. Then we came across tiny houses. These artistically designed tiny dwellings inspired us to upend our lives and pursue our dreams. We came up with a game plan: 1) Build a tiny home, 2) Travel around North America for one year, and 3) Create a travel journalism portfolio about alternative lifestyles. He’d photograph. I’d write.” You can see and read more about Jenna and Guillaume’s travels on their blog, which I find truly fascinating. Check out more photos after the break.
The words “luxury” and “tiny” rarely go together, but this house in Aurora, Oregon, amazingly combines the two notions in one clever package. The creator of a house, Chris Heininge, was inspired by his travel to the East, especially to Japan. He tried to implement the same principles of beautiful and simplified living, the Japanese are so good at. The result is an American take on an Eastern idea. The house features everything one needs for comfortable existence: fully equipped kitchen, queen size bedroom, lots of hidden storage, and even spoils like fireplace and jacuzzi tub. Oversized windows provide enough light for it to feel cozy but not claustrophobic. The asking price is 70K. See more photos after the break.
This amazing project has been completed by studio PKMN Architectures in Madrid. The single story 15-square-meter house was remodeled to accommodate one person and all of her belongings. Here is how the architects describe it: “All I Own House materialises the interior of Yolanda’s house through her personal belongings. But these objects, such as Yolanda, would never stand still, they move around with her, accompanying her way through the day.” Several functional zones are rotating essentially on the same spot, all thanks to the three custom made wooden, suspended, mobile and transformable containers. These containers are attached to the ceiling via a simple industrial railing system. Quite remarkable, isn’t it? See more photos after the break.
This miniature house in north London has made headlines for its whopping listing price – £275,000 (roughly $444.000). Described as a “one-bedroom terraced house” on the seller’s website, the tiny 188 square-foot home is just one room with a bedroom loft. Situated in a fashionable neighborhood of Barnsbury, the deal proves, that location is the key element in urban living. “It’s possibly the smallest house in the world,” said the agent. “It’s just been developed and put on the market. It’s a great crash pad for the area. It’s got everything a house would have and the space is cleverly used. There’s storage under the raised part of the living area, a patio out the front and a window. I’ve been to the property and it’s a really sweet house – it works.”