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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

The Waterhaus, a tiny sustainable prefab home | GreenPod

GreenPod Development is a prefab home builder in Port Townsend, Washington. As the name suggests, GreenPod places an emphasis on sustainable and healthy homes. Their houses are built from structural insulated panels, ensuring… Continue reading

The Dairy Cottage

An hour and a half drive north from Venice brings you into the foothills of the Dolomites, the setting for this 19th century farmstead. One of its outbuildings, originally used for cheesemaking, has… Continue reading

Tiny Cape Cod cottage | Christopher Budd

A lot of us dream of someday building our own small house from the ground up. Unfortunately there are often various obstacles on that path. Limited finances and skeptical lenders, lack of suitable… Continue reading

ARCA, an arched retreat in the Brazilian rainforest | Atelier Marko Brajovic

The humid forest of Brazil’s Costa Verde is the setting for this unusual small house. Nicknamed “Arca” (“Ark”) by the locals for its resemblance to an overturned vessel, the arched house was built… Continue reading

DublDom Houseboat, a modular floating cabin | DublDom

DublDom is a line of wood-framed prefabricated dwellings produced near Moscow. Since its introduction several years ago, the DublDom system has been very successful within Russia. Its modular design and quick on-site installation… Continue reading

Cozy cottage in the woods near Asheville

This small house is located in a rural residential area on the outskirts of Asheville, North Carolina. We don’t know how old the house is but it was recently renovated by the owners.… Continue reading

Forest cottage in Sweden

Vacation cottages in natural settings are found all over but seem to be especially popular in Scandinavia, maybe because Scandinavians want to maximize their enjoyment of the short summers. This one is surrounded… Continue reading

Solar Decathlon 2015: INhouse

Solar Decathlon 2015 just wrapped up in Orange County, California. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design and build a small house powered entirely by… Continue reading

Wood Studio House | Dom Arquitectura

Wood Studio House sits on a forested hillside near Sant Cugat del Vallès, a small city north of Barcelona, Spain. It is designed to be a residence but for now it is being… Continue reading

Compact guest cottage in Portland | Dyer Studio

Living in a one-bedroom bungalow, Stephanie and Sam Dyer didn’t have much room for overnight guests and couldn’t offer them any privacy. With both sets of parents making regular extended visits, they decided… Continue reading

An energy-efficient home with a folded roof | ASGK Design

“House Zilvar” is a small wooden house with an unusual shape. The home’s distinctive appearance is the result of what is essentially a shed roof that twists and folds along the length of… Continue reading

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