A modern cabin tucked into a rocky Norwegian coastline | Lund Hagem

Rocky topography helps shelter this small modern cabin on a fjord in southeast Norway. Others would have been tempted to open up the site by clearing the bushes and blasting away some of… Continue reading

Jardin del Colibri Cottage | Ross Chapin

Conover Commons is a community of small cottage homes in Redmond, Washington. It was built by The Cottage Company, a property developer that has made a specialty of creating “pocket neighborhoods” of six… Continue reading

The Cypress Laneway House | Smallworks

A young couple added this compact laneway house to their property in Vancouver, BC, intending to use it as a “mortgage helper” by renting it out. Because their lot is located on a… Continue reading

A small house for Ecuador | Velasco Roldan and Hevia Antuña

Architects Luis Velasco Roldan and Ángel Hevia Antuña have built a prototype house designed for Ecuador’s climate and social conditions. The small house is made from locally-sourced, natural materials and uses passive solar… Continue reading

A tiny cabin compound in an old quarry | GO Logic

A trio of tiny cabins sits among jumbled chunks of broken granite on Vinalhaven, an island in Maine’s Penobscot Bay. The site was once a quarry but vegetation is slowly growing back, returning… Continue reading

Contemporary coastal cottage on Bowen Island, BC

Visitors to coastal British Columbia can enjoy ocean views from this small cottage on Bowen Island, just a short ferry ride from Vancouver. Other windows look into the adjacent forest of majestic cedars… Continue reading

The Floatwing houseboat | Friday

Do you enjoy a change of scenery once in a while? Want a place to call home but not quite ready to commit to a particular location? Then a floating home may be… Continue reading

Tiny Cape Cod cottage

This little cottage sits near Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts. In winter, when the leaves have fallen, you can view the bay through the trees. We don’t know how old the cottage is… Continue reading

Forest fire lookout tower house

Have you ever seen a forest fire lookout tower and imagined what an amazing little house it could be? Glenda Kaser Alm was a young girl when she visited a 75′ tall lookout… Continue reading

Stunning pyramid cottage in Iceland

Last week we looked at two vacation homes inspired by Iceland’s traditional turf houses. Today we have another vacation cottage located in the same area, on an ancient lava field, but in this… Continue reading

Wildflower Cabin

Wildflower Cabin was built in the 1920s and still retains that old-time cabin feel with log trusses, exposed rafters and knotty pine panelling. It sits near Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino National… Continue reading

Modern Icelandic turf houses | PK Arkitektar

These small houses blend into the picturesque landscape of southwest Iceland. The two vacation homes face a small lake about an hour’s drive east of Reykjavík. In order to preserve the views from… Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Thank you for sharing our enthusiasm for small houses! Twenty of our readers’ favorites from the past year are below. Check them out if you missed any! (The link… Continue reading

Sweetpea Cottage

Back in 1680, Isaac Newton was still working out his theory of gravity. That was the year this plastered stone cottage was built just a few miles inland from Cornwall’s northern “golden coast”.… Continue reading

A family vacation cottage on Sweden’s rugged west coast

Sweden’s western coastline north of Gothenburg is rugged and craggy, scoured by glaciers that left behind thousands of islands and skerries, outcroppings of rock too small to be inhabitable. This family vacation cottage… Continue reading

From antique barn to contemporary ski cabin | Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

What would you do with an old stone barn just steps from a ski run at a resort in the Swiss Alps? Turn it into a cozy ski cabin? That might seem like… Continue reading

Tiny house for sale in Vancouver — must be moved

$20000 / 250ft2 – Tiny house / cabin / studio (Vancouver) 12′ x 24′ footprint tiny house FOR SALE! Yes, the entire house! So reads an ad on Craigslist for Vancouver, British Columbia.… Continue reading

Tiny log cabin makes for a snug and romantic retreat

This tiny log cabin provides a snug and romantic retreat for couples. The compact cabin is part of an inn on the outskirts of Czerwienne, a village in southern Poland. Unobstructed views over… Continue reading

The Birdhouse Treehouse, a tiny woodland cottage

The Birdhouse Treehouse, as it has been named, sits in an idyllic woodland clearing in Somerset, England. The tiny vacation cottage blends into its forested setting with cedar board and batten siding and… Continue reading

Old-time shingled cottage in Camden

Camden is a quaint sea-side town in central Maine. Once a center for shipbuilding and lumber milling, it is now a popular summer vacation destination. This charming old-time vacation cottage sits on a… Continue reading

MEDCottage, a tiny house designed for the elderly

What to do with an aging parent or grandparent who can no longer live independently? That question will be asked more frequently as the population ages. For some families, having granny move into… Continue reading

London coach house renewal | Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects

As young architects establishing a new practice in London, England, George Bradley and Ewald Van Der Straeten knew that many of their commissions would involve renovations or additions to existing structures. Wanting to… Continue reading

Dovetailed log cabin in Sweden | Bjartmar & Hylta

Today we go to the village of Skäret in Skåne, Sweden’s southernmost province. This small vacation cabin was designed by Bjartmar & Hylta Arkitekter in Skåne’s vernacular style. It is a log cabin… Continue reading

Butcherknife Residence | WorkshopL

This vibrant dwelling in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is the home of an artist. She wanted an energy-efficient house with great views and plenty of daylight. To make the most of her site, architect… Continue reading

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