Category Archive: Small Family Houses

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

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

A family vacation cottage on Sweden’s rugged west coast

Sweden’s western coastline north of Gothenburg is rugged and craggy, scoured by glaciers that left behind thousands of islands and skerries, outcroppings of rock too small to be inhabitable. This family vacation cottage… 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

Katrina Cottage | GMF+ Associates

“Katrina Cottages” were tiny and small house designs from a number of architects intended to allow households to quickly rebuild following the devastating 2005 hurricane that destroyed tens of thousands of houses along… Continue reading

A low-impact modern cabin in Sweden | Schlyter / Gezelius

This one-of-a-kind cabin sits among rock outcrops in a forest just southwest of Stockholm, Sweden. Architect Camilla Schlyter of Schlyter / Gezelius Arkitektkontor designed the modern cabin with a tapered profile and angled… Continue reading

An architect’s own self-built family home | Michael O’Sullivan

This light-filled home sits in a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It was designed and built by architect Michael O’Sullivan for his own family of six.

A century-old farmhouse in Sweden

A two-hour drive north of Stockholm brings you to Åmot, a tranquil village surrounded by hills and forests. Stilleben has been turning the village into a vacation destination, converting some of the village’s… 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

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

Ogaki House | Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Ogaki House was designed by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates for a couple with four daughters living in Gifu, Japan. Though the house is quite long and narrow, the architects made the unusual decision… Continue reading

The Beekeeper’s Bungalow | THE small HOUSE CATALOG

Shawn Dehner of THE small HOUSE CATALOG has sent us photos of the recently completed Beekeeper’s Bungalow, named for his beekeeping wife Jamie. Shawn and Jamie built the cottage themselves, doing all the… Continue reading

Palm Beach House | Vaughn McQuarrie

Lush vegetation surrounds this small house on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island. Entry to the home is via a wooden drawbridge that takes you from the forest floor to an elevated deck with breathtaking… Continue reading

A small house that maximizes family time | Tetsuo Kondo Architects

While the outside of this small house looks like a jumbled stack of boxes, the inside is anything but boxy. Rather than having closed off rooms, Tetsuo Kondo Architects designed it to be… Continue reading

6 prefab boxes make a passive house | Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

This small family house in Spain is composed of six wooden boxes joined together. Its design was the result of two significant challenges. As is often the case, the budget was very tight,… Continue reading

A contemporary lakeside cottage | Petra Gipp Arkitektur

This small dwelling was designed by architect Petra Gipp for herself. It sits at the edge of a rocky bluff overlooking Lake Vättern, Sweden’s second largest lake. Visitors arriving at the cottage get… Continue reading

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

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-style 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 | Biro Gašperič

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 | McLeod Kredell Architects

The Foote Farm House sits at the edge of a meadow in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. The owners had wanted a modern house but building covenants stipulated that the design be based on Vermont’s… Continue reading

A hexagon-shaped wooden house | 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

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