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Category Archive: Small Family Houses

A stunning “bach” for a New Zealand family | Atelierworkshop

This “bach” is perched on a sand dune on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast. A bach is a modest vacation home in New Zealand, originally referring to a basic shack built from inexpensive or… Continue reading

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Cross House | Love Architecture

Cross House is home to a novelist whose wish was to have an isolated house in a quiet location surrounded by greenery. That is not easily achieved in the suburbs of Tokyo, but… Continue reading

Casa Solare combines rustic design and energy self-sufficiency | Studio Albori

This very unusual small tower house sits at an elevation of 5,700 feet in the Italian Alps. Casa Solare was designed by Milan’s Studio Albori to look “undesigned”, as if no professional architect… Continue reading

A new home for a family displaced by the Tōhoku earthquake | Ninkipen!

When their lives were abruptly thrown into turmoil by the destruction of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, many people had little choice but to leave the devastated region. One family with two… Continue reading

A beautiful Craftsman home in Montana

Reader Marion Kello has sent us photos of her fabulous house and matching garage with loft apartment. We’ll have a look at the garage loft tomorrow. Today, Marion takes us on a virtual… Continue reading

A compact and sustainable home for a growing family

This is the home of a couple and their young daughter. When the family decided to settle down in a countryside village in Slovenia, they asked architect Matej Gašperič to design a sustainable… Continue reading

The Foote Farm House by McLeod Kredell Architects

The Foote Farm House sits at the edge of a meadow in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. It is a smallish house suitable for a family with several kids. Within its 1,500 ft2(139 m2) floor… Continue reading

A hexagon-shaped wooden house by A.LT Architekti

Today we have a small family house from the Czech Republic. It is located in a village within the Křivoklátsko Protected Landscape Area, where new development is prohibited. However an existing house can… Continue reading

House G, a striking vacation home by Lode Architecture

Not far from the coast of Normandy sits this unique family house. Its black slate covering and sharply defined edges give it a striking appearance, yet it seems at home in its rural… Continue reading

House in Fukawa by Suppose Design Office

When you are standing in a forest, you can see the trees immediately in front of you, and through the spaces between them you can see the trees just beyond, and then some… Continue reading

A prefab desert retreat by nottoscale

The high desert of Nevada, just east of Death Valley, is a pretty barren and inhospitable place. But for the owners of this small vacation house, there is beauty in the parched landscape… Continue reading

Io, an open and welcoming house by Osamu Morishita

Io is a compact house designed and built for a young family in Anjō, a small city in Japan. Architect Osamu Morishita designed the house to encourage social interaction among its occupants and… Continue reading

Two small houses by Architekturbüro Scheder

This pair of identical small houses is located on the outskirts of Kaiserslautern, a historic city in western Germany. They stand out from their neighbors with minimalist black-stained wood exteriors embellished only by… Continue reading

A modern farmhouse by FAB Architecture

To kick things off in 2013 we have this small modern farmhouse in Austin, Texas. With three bedrooms in a fairly compact floor plan of 1,531 ft2 (142 m2), this is a small… Continue reading

Montblanc House, a small family home by Studio Velocity

The owners of this small family home in Japan wanted a house that would accommodate their family of four as well as their small beauty salon business. A key challenge was to get… Continue reading

A container house in hiding by Leger-Wanaselja Architecture

At first glance, most people would not notice anything unusual about this small contemporary house in California. With the ends clad in lap siding, you have to look closely to see that it… Continue reading

“All-Weather House” in Ireland by ROEWUarchitecture

Today’s interesting family house is located in the town of Mullingar, Ireland. At 160 m2 (1,722 ft2) it is the largest house we’ve featured. However it has four bedrooms so it just barely… Continue reading

Modern vacation cottages in Sweden by Thomas Sandell

Swedish architect Thomas Sandell has designed a cluster of eight modern vacation cottages on Stora Timrarö, an island in the Stockholm archipelago. There are two floor plans, both with three bedrooms in about… Continue reading

House In Saitama by Satoru Hirota Architects

The outside of this Japanese home is so nondescript, it could easily be mistaken for a storage shed. Only the erratic window placement on the front facade hints at what is inside. Architect… Continue reading

Small House With a Great View, a family home by A1 Architects

This home, called Small House With a Great View by the architects, also has a great layout. It was designed by A1 Architects for a family with two young children. Located on a… Continue reading

Mid-Century Modern home in Sweden

This 4 bedroom home, constructed in the mid-sixties, has the horizontal lines, large expanses of glass and open floor plan that are typical of Mid-Century Modern architecture. It was updated in the late… Continue reading

47% House | Kochi Architect’s Studio

Architects often talk about integrating outdoor spaces with the inside, but rarely do they succeed to the degree that architect Kazuyasu Kochi has here. In this small house the boundary between inside and… Continue reading

A contemporary family house in Sweden

So far the small houses we’ve featured have had one or two bedrooms. We also want to feature smaller houses that are suitable for families with three or more kids. Today’s house would… Continue reading