A tiny cottage for country living | Kanga Room Systems

Kanga Room Systems designs and builds prefab structures including backyard studios, cabins and small houses. The cottage shown here was built for a client who wanted a simple dwelling for her property in… Continue reading

Quirky Lake Union float house

Lake Union in Seattle, Washington, is famous for its houseboats and float houses. When this float house was launched almost a century ago, float houses were still considered a low-cost form of housing… Continue reading

A monochromatic cottage in the countryside

Applying a monochromatic color scheme is an easy way to give your home a harmonious look. It involves choosing a single base color and then decorating predominantly with various shades and tones of… Continue reading

A modern “hermit’s cabin” | Parra + Edwards

Parra + Edwards Arquitectos designed this modern studio cabin in the forest outside Santiago, Chile. La Nave Anacoreta (“Hermit’s Ship”) was conceived as a small boat floating in a sea of foliage. It… Continue reading

Magnolia Tree Lane House | Lanefab

Magnolia Tree Lane House is a stylish new laneway house in Vancouver, built in the backyard of an existing house. It is named for the beautiful mature magnolia tree that was the centerpiece… Continue reading

A gingerbread house in the forest | Atelier ST

With its gingerbread appearance and woodsy setting, this cottage brings to mind the edible houses favored by the forest-dwelling cannibalistic witches of children’s fables. Architects Silvia Schellenberg-Thaut and Sebastian Thaut of Atelier ST… Continue reading

Tiny guest cottage on a farm in Sweden

This adorable guest cottage can be found on a farm just south of Stockholm. It has its own kitchen but bathroom facilities are either in the main farmhouse or maybe an outhouse. The… Continue reading

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

A compact stone and concrete cottage in Slovenia | Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti

For our first house of 2015, we visit the Karst Plateau straddling the border of Slovenia and Italy. This stone and concrete cottage updates the vernacular houses found in the region, where plentiful… Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Thank you all for your support in 2014! We looked at 100 different small houses over the course of the year. Some of your favorites (based on views, shares, comments and Facebook likes)… Continue reading

Alpine lodge in South Tyrol | EM2 Architekten

At an elevation of 1,400 m in South Tyrol, Italy, this mountain lodge offers enviable views of alpine meadows, forests, and the jagged fangs of the Dolomites. The lodge is composed of two… Continue reading

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

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

A handcrafted rustic guest cabin | Dotter & Solfjeld

This guest cabin is tucked among oak, buckeye and redwood trees in southern California. It replaced a small barn that previously stood there behind the owners’ house. The old barn was too far… 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

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