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Category Archive: Single-Level Living

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

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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

DublDom, a modular tiny house from Russia | BIO Architects

Our first tiny house from Russia, DublDom (“double house”) is a modular dwelling designed by BIO Architects and fabricated not far from Moscow. There are two DublDom models, the 26 m2 (280 ft2) version shown… Continue reading

TimberCab, a prefab timber framed cabin | FabCab

This timber frame cabin with modern lines sits overlooking Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho. It is a TimberCab 550, the smallest in the line of the prefabricated homes by FabCab. FabCab produces a… Continue reading

A cabin retreat for a multigenerational family | Reiulf Ramstad Architects

A two-hour drive along the coast south from Oslo, Norway brings you to this family vacation compound. A couple and their two adult offspring with families of their own wanted a cabin retreat… Continue reading

Arsenal B47, from munitions shed to modern cabin | Ralph Germann

From the outside, Arsenal B47 looks like an ordinary mountain cabin. However it has an interesting history. Despite Switzerland’s neutrality during the Second World War, the country had every reason to expect a… Continue reading

Hivehaus, a modular dwelling with a honeycomb plan

A documentary on bees inspired builder Barry Jackson to create the Hivehaus, a modular housing system based on a standard-sized unit called a cell. Each hexagonal cell is a single room with 9.3 m2… Continue reading

Studio living in a converted garage | HEARTH Studio

One Melbourne resident didn’t let the city’s high property prices keep her from having a home of her own. On finding that she could not afford to buy, Alex Kennedy turned her eye… Continue reading

A small family house in Copenhagen | Sigurd Larsen

Architect Sigurd Larsen designed this small family house to be economical to build. The floor plan is a simple rectangle and the gable roof has no dormers, hips or valleys to add complexity… Continue reading

Chez Mona | New Avenue Homes

Mona and her daughter’s family moved from separate car-dependent neighborhoods to a shared property in a very walkable area close to downtown Berkeley, California. Her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren live in the… Continue reading

Little Lost Cabin | Clark Stevens

Beartooth Capital invests in run-down ranch properties, rehabilitating the land and restoring the buildings. With the Summit Springs Ranch, they restored over two miles of a trout-bearing stream running through the property, then… Continue reading

PDX Eco Cottage | Jack Barnes Architect

After attending a class on developing accessory dwelling units, Susan Moray was sold on the idea of replacing her alley-facing garage with a compact cottage. Susan’s home is a character bungalow located in… Continue reading

The Milan, a prefab shipping container home | Nova Deko Modular

Australian firm Nova Deko Modular builds modular houses in a wide range of sizes, marketing the smaller ones as “granny flats“. Of those, one of the larger ones is the Milan, built to… Continue reading

Eagle Point Cabin | Prentiss Architects

A meandering path leads to Eagle Point Cabin where it sits nestled between a rock outcrop and a thicket on the windswept west coast of Washington’s San Juan Island. The semi-sheltered building location… Continue reading

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