Category Archive: Single-Level Living

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tiny sod-roofed house in Denmark

This little cottage is nestled among the sand dunes on the northern coast of Denmark. Its vernacular appearance and sod roof might fool some into thinking that it is a historic home, but… Continue reading

A grandmother’s modern backyard cottage | microhouse

Wanting to be closer to her family, Sylvia recently moved from North Dakota to this modern “granny flat” in her daughter’s Seattle backyard. When her daughter’s family purchased their house, they had made… Continue reading

Tiny house in a Pasadena bungalow court

A pocket neighborhood is a planned community consisting of a small group houses arranged in a way that fosters interaction and a sense of community among the residents. While pocket neighborhoods have proven… Continue reading

Tiny cottage on the Oregon coast

The most common reader request we get is for small houses with a bedroom on the main level. The houses at the very small or tiny end of the size range typically have… Continue reading

Pye’s Beach House | Standard Creative

Ten years ago Friday, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Mississippi, its record-breaking 28′ (8.5 m) storm surge virtually obliterating the small coastal town of Waveland. Pye Parson and her family had evacuated in… Continue reading

Savannah bungalow with wraparound porch

This modest bungalow sits on a quiet tree-lined street in Thunderbolt, Georgia, a picturesque fishing village just a few miles from downtown Savannah. The small house has been renovated by the owner and… Continue reading

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