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Tre Livelli, a studio dwelling with a stepped floor plan | Studioata

“Tre Livelli” is a tiny studio retreat above the seaside town of Alassio, Liguria in northern Italy. It sits on a hillside site terraced with traditional Ligurian dry-stacked stone walls. About these ads

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Sarah House, an affordable green container home

Sarah House Utah is a small non-profit organization intent on creating affordable and sustainable housing for people on low incomes. Jeffrey White was inspired to found Sarah House Utah after witnessing an artist… Continue reading

Beth’s teeny tiny cottage in California

Our friends at Apartment Therapy hold an annual Small Cool Home contest, inviting readers to submit photos and a written description of their own small homes. The 2010 winner of the “Teeny Tiny”… Continue reading

The Polygon Studio | Jeffery S. Poss and WORKUS

This little building serves as a sculpture studio. It seems appropriate then that its architects would give it an abstract sculptural shape with a zigzagging roof. Galvanized steel cladding runs up one wall… Continue reading

An ultra-low-cost container house for a family | JYA-RCHITECTS

A family of seven in rural South Korea now lives in a brand new shipping container house thanks to the design efforts of JYA-RCHITECTS and financial sponsorship from the Korea Child Fund. The… Continue reading

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

House C, a casual weekend house by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

House C sits on a narrow coastal plain between the sea and the mountains of Chiba, Japan. The owners, a couple with a young child, wanted a weekend house that would give them… Continue reading

A small house compound on Whidbey Island

This small house consists of a cluster of tiny buildings. A bridge leads to a tiny entry building that serves as the home’s front door. Beyond is a covered deck around which the… Continue reading

Happy holidays!

Thank you all for making 2013 a great year! We looked at 100 different small houses over the course of the year. Some of your favorites (based on views, shares, comments and Facebook… Continue reading

Casa Rio Bonito, a modern cabin in the Brazilian rainforest

Casa Rio Bonito, a modern cabin designed by architect Carla Juaçaba, combines steel and glass with rough cut stone and wood. The light and airy cabin spans the space between massive stone walls… Continue reading

A cozy coach house loft

Yesterday Marion Kello shared with us her Craftsman-style house in Hamilton, Montana. As her home is within easy walking distance (a few blocks) of downtown, it’s ideally located for adding an accessory dwelling… 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 simple rustic retreat in the Czech countryside

A young family seeking a peaceful rural getaway selected a property in the northern Czech countryside. Once part of a farm, the property held the remains of a large barn which had decayed… Continue reading

Blackpool House by Glamuzina Paterson Architects

Blackpool House was designed for a couple who wanted “a house that was at home in the tree canopy” of their lushly vegetated lot on Waiheke Island in New Zealand. Others factors that… Continue reading

Eucalyptus House by Cabana Arquitetos

This small house is located high in the Mantiqueira Mountains of southeastern Brazil. The clients, a young couple, asked Andre Eisenlohr of Cabana Arquitetos to design an environmentally-friendly home for their hillside site.… Continue reading

House in Horinouchi by MIZUISHI Architect Atelier

This small house with a triangular floor plan sits on a narrow sliver of lot wedged between a road and a river channel in west Tokyo. Designing the house for a couple and… Continue reading

A matched pair of cozy stone cottages

Defining the border between Devon and Cornwall, the River Tamar flows through lands that were once part of a vast estate owned by the Duke of Bedford. Perched above the river are two… 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

An energy-efficient contemporary laneway house by Lanefab

Laneway housing continues to grow in popularity wherever it is allowed and Vancouver, Canada is no exception. Over 500 of the accessory dwellings have been built there since Vancouver first approved them in… 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