Category Archive: Single-Level Living

Tiny beach cottage in Denmark

This tiny cottage is just a few steps from the beach in Kerteminde, Denmark. Kerteminde is a small harbor town about a two-hour drive from Copenhagen. Built in 1945 as a vacation getaway,… Continue reading

A lakeside log cabin in Finland

Villa Maria is a family-sized vacation cabin on a small lake 40 km west of Helsinki, Finland. Though modern in design, the cabin was built using traditional methods. Each of the large-diameter logs was… Continue reading

Three Victorian-era railcars restored as vacation suites

Ever thought about converting an old railway coach or caboose into a tiny house? The folks at Railholiday have done just that, rescuing and restoring several Victorian-era railcar bodies, then outfitting them as… Continue reading

A tiny cottage opens up with a wall of shutters | Zecc and Roel van Norel

A remarkable vacation cottage sits at the edge of a clearing in a rural area outside Utrecht, the Netherlands. It was created by a partnership between Utrecht-based studio Zecc and Roel van Norel.… Continue reading

A dogtrot cabin in Finland | K2S Architects

Villa Kallioniemi is a family vacation cabin on Lepäinen, an island in southern Finland. K2S Architects gave the small cabin a dogtrot design. A dogtrot house has two enclosed volumes joined under a… Continue reading

Trunk House | Paul Morgan Architects

A unique cabin stands in the Australian bush a couple hours drive from Melbourne. “Trunk House” is named for the stringybark tree trunks that encircle it, supporting the roof. They were the castoffs… Continue reading

A tiny cottage for country living | Kanga Room Systems

Kanga Room Systems designs and builds prefab structures including backyard studios, cabins and small houses. The cottage shown here was built for a client who wanted a simple dwelling for her property in… Continue reading

A monochromatic cottage in the countryside

Applying a monochromatic color scheme is an easy way to give your home a harmonious look. It involves choosing a single base color and then decorating predominantly with various shades and tones of… Continue reading

A modern “hermit’s cabin” | Parra + Edwards

Parra + Edwards Arquitectos designed this modern studio cabin in the forest outside Santiago, Chile. La Nave Anacoreta (“Hermit’s Ship”) was conceived as a small boat floating in a sea of foliage. It… Continue reading

A vacation cottage in the dunes | Bloem and Lemstra Architects

Vlieland is an island of sand dunes off the north coast of the Netherlands. The main economic activity on the island is tourism, with hotels, campgrounds and vacation homes. Bloem and Lemstra Architects… Continue reading

A modern cabin in the hills | Simply Home

Simply Home is a North Carolina homebuilder focused on small, efficient houses. It was founded by Shawna and Wally Hughes, a licensed general contractor who has been building houses for 30 years. Today… Continue reading

The Pond House | Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher

The Pond House sits at the edge of a man-made pond surrounded by mature landscaping. It was designed by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten for clients who requested a small house integrated with the… Continue reading

A compact prefab “Refugio” from Chile

Refugio (“Refuge”) is a tiny prefab dwelling produced by FabriHome in Chile. It is typically used as a vacation cabin but it could be a permanent residence for a single person or a… Continue reading

The Black Shed | Rural Design Architects

The Black Shed sits low and hunkered against the wind on Scotland’s Isle of Skye. The small cottage replaced a dilapidated storage shed on a working croft (small farm). Rural Design Architects designed… Continue reading

An eco-friendly kit house designed for the owner-builder | Noble Home

Noble Home sells efficient and modern kit homes with a floor plan custom designed for each buyer. The Noble Home building system is based on a 20′ interior width, 8′ tall sidewalls, and… Continue reading

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