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Category Archive: Small Prefab and Modular Houses

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

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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

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

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

Treehouse Riga, a compact modular home | Appleton & Domingos

Treehouse Riga is a small modular dwelling with two bedrooms in a compact 44 m2 (474 ft2) floor plan. The tiny house was designed by architects Appleton & Domingos for modular home builder Jular. Treehouse… Continue reading

ContainerLove, a small modern house | LHVH Architekten

“ContainerLove” is a new modern home in a rural area of western Germany, standing out among more traditional gabled farm houses and barns. It was designed by Cologne-based studio LHVH Architekten.

Island House by 2by4-architects, now available as a prefab

Since being completed in 2011, the Island House by Dutch studio 2by4-architects has received extensive coverage in print and on the web. However there has been a recent development: 2by4-architects has just announced… Continue reading

The Arado weeHouse, a modern prefab cabin by Alchemy Architects

A concert violinist wanted a beautiful and well-built retreat for herself and her young child. The cabin would be off-grid, sitting at the edge of a cornfield overlooking a treed ravine. However her… Continue reading

Solar Decathlon 2013: InSite

A team from Vermont’s Middlebury College designed and built this small house for Solar Decathlon 2013. InSite, as it is called, is intended to meet the needs of young Vermont families. The team… Continue reading

Solar Decathlon 2013: Borealis, a small house for shared living

Team Alberta Solar Decathlon took a unique approach to the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition. Their entry, called Borealis, is designed to be shared by unrelated housemates. The small house features two separate bedroom… 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

Solar Decathlon 2013: Start.Home

Start.Home is the Solar Decathlon 2013 entry by team Stanford Solar Decathlon. It is one of the larger entries, with up to two bedrooms in a 988 ft2 (91.8 m2) floor plan. For… Continue reading

A compact desert retreat by Alchemy Architects

The Marfa weeHouse is a modern studio retreat in the high desert of far West Texas. “WeeHouse” refers to the distinctive prefab building system developed by architect Geoffrey Warner of Alchemy Architects. Individual… Continue reading

Solar Decathlon 2013: Harvest Home

Harvest Home is the Solar Decathlon 2013 entry by Team Capitol DC, made up of three schools from the Washington, D.C. area – Catholic University, George Washington University and American University. The house… Continue reading

Texas Hill Country cottage by Kanga Room Systems

This classic country cottage is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It was designed and built by Kanga Room Systems, an Austin, Texas-based builder of prefab structures ranging from sheds… Continue reading

Casa Cúbica, a tiny container home

Cúbica is a company in Costa Rica that specializes in alternative construction based on repurposed shipping containers. They have built housing, commercial and institutional projects from cast-off containers. Cúbica cites lower cost, short… Continue reading

The R.House by Rural Design Architects

With its rugged landscape and scenic natural beauty, Scotland’s Isle of Skye has become a popular holiday destination. But like many tourism hotspots, that popularity has led to rising land prices, to the… Continue reading

studio37, a modern backyard cottage by Small Modern Living

More and more cities are recognizing the advantages of allowing secondary units in the backyards of existing houses. Whether called accessory dwelling units, granny flats, garden cottages, or any one of a dozen… Continue reading

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