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10 Tiny Fantastic Homes

Tiny House November 1, 2016

Tiny homes are loved these days because some people want to downsize and simplify their lifestyle. The structure, design and style are awesome and can mean important cost savings when building … and when moving the units as well.  Let’s take a look at these 10 gorgeous micro home designs.

These lovely tiny homes are built by companies we’ve already indexed in our Prefab Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can go there and search out the name of the company, and also find builders near your area.

Cool tiny house
Designed and built by Wheelhaus Wedge
wheelhaus

Simple home
Designed and built by Scott Newkirk
tiny-new-york-cabin

Creatively Designed Home
Designed and built by Floating Wooden Exbury Egg House
egg-house

Fabulous dwelling with breathtaking views
Designed and built by Prentiss Architects
eagle

Lovely Cottage Tiny House
Designed and built by Alex Scott Porter Design
porter

Extraordinary mobile abode
Designed and built by dmvA Architects
mobile

Spectacular Hawk House
Designed and built by Alex Wyndham
hawk

World’s Most Narrow House
Designed and built by Jakub Szczesny
narrow

Cute eco-house
Designed and built by Blue Forest
tree-house

Amazing Nomad House
Designed and built by Ian Kent
nomad-micro-home

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Small Prefab House Beach Design Meant to Be Affordable

Tiny House, Uncategorized October 25, 2016

small summer house

What is this small house prefab on the water? It’s 70 square meters of laminated timber construction, wooden deck and terminal base. Four meters in height where even the skylights can be opened.

“People want to stay rural in the summer – but still want all the facilities like toilets and showers. We have been striving for simplicity and a sense of freedom so that you experience the difference between cabin homes and permanent homes,” said Johnny Andersson and Michaela Tengblad, who created the summer house.

Johnny and Michaela, who work at Earth Architects, have designed this small prefab house for summer fun. Notice the housing structure with large glass windows including the roof. The idea is that you should feel that you have the sky as a roof. The large room should feel like a studio or greenhouse, a place where you can paint, pottery and work. Without a lot of sofas that you do not use. When you socialize as you sit at the dinner table. Living rooms are often the least used – if not the television is there.

A starting point for Michaela’s and Johnny’s prefab house design work has been to find the difference between permanent residence and holiday home at the same time they wanted to meet the requirements of convenience. Therefore, there is a toilet, shower and kitchen, but the shower is outdoors and the simple kitchen counter is more workbench which continues outdoors. The house has no hall with a definite admission, but outside several doors and sliding windows can be used. The bedroom’s surface is minimized but a bench in the main room is both storage and can serve as extra sleeping.

“When we designed the house we started from what we ourselves could afford. Therefore, we have worked with simplicity and rugged materials. But to build simple is usually difficult because you cannot hide the errors,” said the designers.

The basic concept of this prefab home design is a 70-square-meter small house, but it can be made larger and designed by the owner’s wishes. One part is built in wood and the other is the concrete foundation and steel structure. The house is winter insulated and equipped with a stove.

“We think that the house is equally suited to lie on a beach in a forest glade or in a holiday home area.”

Johnny sees no problem with having large skylights in the small house. “On the contrary, it is well amazing to hear the rain and watch the snow fall and experience the weather.”

Earth Architects work broadly with everything from private homes to prefab house designs to sheltered housing, from the landscaping to the design of the door handles. The team is Johnny Andersson, 47, who co-founded the architectural firm in 1999 in which nine people work today. Johnny’s dream home is a town house in New York, a hybrid between villa and apartment with its own entrance and terrace; and Tengblad Michaela, 40, who has been with the company for six years. Her dream home is a custom-designed, climate-villa in rough concrete and plywood.

Illustration: Koloss.se

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5 Plans to Build Your Own Fully Customized Tiny House on a Budget

Tiny House October 25, 2016

5 Plans to Build Your Own Fully Customized Tiny House on a Budget

Are you on a DIY high and ready for your next challenge? Forget the crafts, furniture, or decorative figurines. Its time to challenge yourself with a tiny house project! Pin Up Houses is a company that provides you with step by step directions to build your very own tiny home! So, if you don’t know where to start or what to buy, you’re covered! There are several plans for you to choose from that can reflect your personal style. I have chosen 5 plans to fit five different uses to show you that tiny homes are not just for downsizing.

Plan 1: The Lookout.

For the little minions in your life. Video games, television, and technology seem to be taking over many childhoods these days. Many parents or relatives are finding it difficult to get their kids outside for playtime. The Lookout is a great solution to this problem, and a wonderful fit for a curious child. At $690.00 it’s designed to be a tree-house without the tree. The difficulty of the build is 2 out of 5 which is good news for any beginners out there! Six feet off the ground with a stair case. No need to worry about kids falling from a flimsy ladder. From top to bottom it stands 15 feet tall and has two windows for a nice view. Inside you will find a 48 sqft open area, perfect for a table and a few chairs, or maybe a cool rug and a some bean bags. The house will be supported by four beams and a roof that provides over hang, so there is a good amount of covered space for all the outdoor toys currently taking up your garage. Keep the wood exposed and embrace the tree-house style, or paint and provide a personalized hideaway for your little one! Once you are done it will definitely be a ‘brag-worthy’ piece for your kids!

Plan 2: Irish

Give him the man cave of his dreams and take back your living room! This tiny home is 55 sqft of potential freedom. Let’s be honest, you can’t make his xbox look stylish and one television is not going to play both your shows. So, here is the space he can have to hang all the mismatched decorations and catch his favorite games. The Irish is styled to mimic the design of an Irish pub, hence the name. He can build it himself regardless of his talents because it’s difficulty is only 1 out 5. At $770.00 it’s a good choice for a duel gift (worth two occasions), or you can simply remember that you have probably spent more money on the furniture in your home. The structure stands 11ft tall from top to bottom and has a window on each of the four walls to bring in natural light. Inside you could furnish with a small couch or two recliners. If the man who is getting a cave is not interested in electronics, you could use the space as a mini bar with seating, or a small library with all his favorite books!

Plan 3: Alexis

This tiny home is the perfect getaway spot! It is a great choice for a summer home, lake house, or weekend getaway in mountains. This build is more expensive at $9,500.00 , but it is also larger with 394 sqft and a 54 sqft loft. Its a more difficult build with a 3 out of 5 rating, but with your step by step instructions from Pin Up Houses it can still be done! The A-frame structure creates a unique space with an eye catching exterior. Inside you will find a large open space filled with natural light from the large front window. Towards the back of the home there is a small kitchen, bathroom, and a ladder that accesses the loft upstairs. The low ceiling on the sides due to the A-frame design are a great opportunity for extra storage. This means all your vacation accessories such as kayaks, dirt bikes, or  outdoor gear can be safely stored away. The front and back porch both have coverage from the roof which can provide outdoor seating or more storage. The home stands tall at 15 feet and 9 inches with a front window to match. This gives a great view from the loft as well as the downstairs. Place this tiny home a top a mountain or on a waterfront property, and you will have a view that makes it hard to go back home!

Plan 4: Mae

Here’s one for the workaholics out there! A tiny home office to get you a little closer to your own front door. For $1,400.00 you can put this 10 ft tall tiny home in your backyard to avoid your office on the weekends and get home in time for dinner. If the house is noisy and unproductive, and the office is chilly and suffocating, why stay? Make a warm and productive work environment for yourself. This house has plenty of windows so you won’t have to feel like an office shut in. There is 102 sq ft of space  for you to spread out with a large desk and organize all of your important paperwork. A one room house to keep you focused on your work. If you are not an office body and more on the creative side consider this as studio space. The difficulty level on this project is only a 1 out of 5 so anyone regardless of occupation can get this job done! Get creative and get work done in your own private backyard office!

Plan 5: Joi

Get that extra storage space without paying monthly for it. Storage units these days can costs upwards of $100.00 a month, but building a Joi in your backyard will be one payment of $280.00. This unique shaped shed will give you the storage you need without a high demand of backyard space. It is very small at only 20 sq ft. You can lock up your bike, garden tools, plastic bins filled with items that no longer fit in your house, or anything else in this tiny shed! Standing over six feet tall and a little more than 3 feet wide, you will have just enough space to put things away. Shelving on the exterior can provide more space or an opportunity to create a decorative element to the shed. It is an easy build at 1 out 5 rating for difficulty. Just paint this project to match your home and you’re done! Say goodbye to clutter and hello to your new tiny shed!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information on Pin Up Houses plans, find them in our tiny home directory

the-lookout alexis  irish  mae  joi

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Tiny Farmhouse On Wheels Guaranteed To Stand Out Anywhere

Tiny House October 17, 2016

Tiny Farmhouse On Wheels Guaranteed To Stand Out Anywhere

Imagine looking out your bedroom window at a different view every month, week, or if you want, every day, from a tiny house like this. Imagine being able to travel to, and live in any place with room to park. A large suburban home is a huge commitment, a luxury city loft is a huge cost, and a summer home is a seasonal enjoyment that comes at an extra expense. So save your money and don’t feel pressured to choose one. Pick them all by getting the perfect tiny home!

The Vintage by Escape Homes is a farmhouse — or farm-tiny-house — on wheels. It is 315 sq ft of all your at home comforts with the obvious bonus that other homes can not offer. It can take you anywhere. It is built to withstand extreme weather conditions.

So it will not be a problem if you don’t plan on moving south for the winter, or if you stay south for the summer. In the Vintage tiny house, you do not need to give up your full size fridge, queen bed, or storage space, as all of these luxuries are provided. No space is wasted, and with twelve windows there is plenty of natural light to make your home feel larger.

The style of this tiny house build allows you to customize your space. So for the individuals who wish to go green, you can choose solar power! All in all, you can get exactly what you want, and go exactly where you want for an introductory cost of $59,800.00. A much lower cost than a home. So to summarize, the tiny home will meet your needs, take you to new places, and not bust your bank account!

For more information on Escape Homes and the Vintage tiny home find them in our tiny home directory.

farmhouse

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KODA is a solar-powered tiny house that can move with its owners

Tiny House October 17, 2016

Technology never ceases to amaze us, but you may still find yourself surprised when you learn of this chic tiny home. It is the perfect combination of technology, style, and architecture. It is so clean and efficient you will find it hard to believe it’s ready for you to move in right now! The Koda is a home that can move where you move. It is built to protect its inhabitants from the elements and bacteria outdoors. It has style that is versatile enough to meet a variety of uses, and the size of the windows alone are a reason to fall in love.

Tiny homes have huge potential and typically they come with some really unique features. So what makes the Koda stand out among the rest? The health benefits seem to be the most unique feature of this tiny home. No need to carry those over priced seasonal allergy medications. The Koda has been built with a sturdy door and vacuum-insulated concrete walls to keep noise, dirt, bacteria, and environmental factors outside. Inside you will be able to control the strength and tone of your lighting. Also the Koda will keep the humidity in your home at the correct levels. Like many tiny homes, the Koda also utilizes eco-friendly technology such as LED lights and solar panels. It is a good choice for those of us looking to leave in a clean, comfortable, with a small carbon footprint.

The design mission by the makers of Koda was to provide a home in which residents could move wherever they pleased. This means that the assembly and disassembly is made simple, and only estimated to take four to seven hours.

If you wanted to rotate your Koda for a better view the process would be even faster. My personal favorite element of this tiny home is the ability to make it whatever you want. The design build was anticipating several uses for the structure. Office space, vacation spot, primary residence, gallery, or studio could all be possible uses of this tiny eco-friendly space. This tiny home is a fresh, clean space that will provide the worry free environment you need to focus on the things you love.

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information on the Koda, find them in our tiny home directory.

koda-2

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Adorable Mini Family Home

Tiny House October 10, 2016

Adorable Mini Family Home

Thanks to “Tiny House Nation”, the tiny house movement has swept the globe. The idea that bigger is better is losing ground as more and more people look for a simpler way to live and ways to downsize from living large and clutter. And the tiny house proves to be the newest and brightest solution for many. The rumor that living in a tiny house means you have to give up the comforts and conveniences of larger living is simply untrue. Most tiny homes come with all the same creature comforts of more traditional houses, and you really lose nothing in the transition to tiny living except the high costs of larger homes and all the maintenance issues that go along with that.

This particular tiny house is a great example of what living tiny is all about. The major concern of the tiny house builder is how to maximize the interior’s space efficiency, and this tiny home does just that so that it suits a family of four. And the beauty of most all tiny houses is that they are totally mobile so that you can change locations should the mood strike you.

The Brown Bear Tiny House (325 Sq Ft)

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from tiny house builders and companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more tiny house,click here.

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The Newest Tiny House from Uncharted Tiny Homes

Tiny House October 10, 2016

Return to The Newest Tiny House from Uncharted Tiny Homes

I know if I were choosing a tiny home to take on the road with me – the Mansion Elite would most definitely fit the bill! Don’t let it’s compact size fool you as not one square inch has been designed without careful thought and planning.

This home has a wonderful airy feel to it with it’s lightly stained solid wood floors and wall construction. A fully equipped kitchen adequate enough to accommodate the entire family. A full size bathroom, including tub, stretching 10 ft in length from end to end. And two spaciously designed loft areas with window views located on either end of the home adding to the overall spacious feel of this homes design. Plenty of wall space allowing for a flat screen tv, built in bookshelves and lots of cubby holes for storage and decorations. Like I said – perfect.

Check out the newest tiny house from Uncharted Tiny Homes: the Mansion Elite!

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Find more from Uncharted Tiny Homes Models and other tiny house builders and companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more tiny house,click here.

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Tiny House From Minimaliste (380 Sq Ft), Arriving on a Flatbed

Tiny House October 10, 2016

Unique Cute Abode

The tiny house movement is quite a phenomenon. More and more people worldwide are breaking the shackles of large home living and shedding the heavy costs and maintenance of living in a big house, to go tiny. A tiny home can often be a more practical solution to cluttered living than its larger counterpart as the use of the available space is very strategic and well thought out. Some people use their tiny house as a second home, a retreat from the fast paced city life. But most folks who invest in a tiny house are interested in simplifying and down-sizing their lives and use their tiny homes as permanent residences.

This particular tiny home boasts lots and lots of storage, and some special features that make this tiny house a truly unique one, like the rooftop patio for nighttime star gazing. With its available space so efficiently used, and all the comforts of larger living, your transition to this tiny home will be as easy and smooth as you could possibly dream it to be.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Minimaliste Houses and other tiny house builders and companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more tiny house,click here.

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Awesome Little Cabins (with Plans and Interiors)

Tiny House October 5, 2016

Awesome Cottage

The practical reason to downsize to a small home, is that if have less things, there is less to clean and care for. Living a minimalist life doesn’t need to be boring. You can always add a lot of color to your tiny home instead of a lot of furniture. As retirees, it would seem like a great idea to lessen the amount of chores and work that a regular sized house would require.

These ones are called “Betty Cottages.”

:http://rosschapin.com

Betty Lu
Heated area: 708 sf
Footprint: 24′ x 34′

Betty Lu Lu
Heated area: 875 sf
Footprint: 24′ x 48′

Betty Jane
Heated area: 838 sf
Footprint: 24′ x 42′

Betty Gable
Heated area: 838 sf
Footprint: 24′ x 42′

The Betty Lu, Betty Lu Lu, Betty Jane, and Betty Gable are charming one-story cottages, under 1,000 sf, which work well for small households and as backyard cottages.

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Find more from Ross Chapin and other house builders and companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more houses, click here.

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Recycled Building Designed into A Beautiful 540 sq ft Eco-home

Tiny House October 5, 2016

Recycled Building Designed into A Beautiful 540 sq ft Eco-home

According to the designers, “This little house is where Jessica and her family lived for four years, while planning for and building their house.  It sits on a five-acre property on Sauvie Island, an agricultural island on the Columbia River 15 minutes north of Portland.  The house is an interesting experiment in reduction and reuse not only because it is only 540 square feet or because it was remodeled using nearly exclusively reclaimed materials, but because the building itself is now being recycled for the fourth time. It was first built in the early 1940s as part of Vanport Village; a quickly erected development built to house shipyard workers. When Vanport Village flooded in 1948 this particular little house was floated down the river to Sauvie Island, where it became the goose-check station for Sauvie Island hunters.  Years later it was remodeled to become a rental house.

“When Jessica and Yianni bought the property they decided to remodel it without adding to the existing footprint. Their first step was to redesign the interior for maximum space efficiency. A ‘great room’ houses the kitchen, dining room and living room with large, comfortable, built in sofas that double as twin beds for guests.  The ceiling was opened up in the main space, but the bathroom and bedroom have lower ceilings to accommodate the parent’s sleeping loft above, accessible by a walnut ladder.”

Honors
2012 Annual NW Design Award Finalist: Whole House Less than $400K

2011 Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award Finalist. Photos by Lincoln Barbour

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