A sweet little Southern-style cottage

We came across this tiny jewel of a cottage on Airbnb. The “Tale Inn” is located in Fairhope, a town on the Gulf Coast south of Mobile, Alabama. Its pleasing proportions, welcoming porch… Continue reading

A modern coastal cabin in Norway | TYIN tegnestue

The western coast of Norway was formed by glaciers scouring the earth down to bedrock, carving deep fjords, and leaving behind thousands of islands. One of those islands is Skardsøya, a two or… Continue reading

Fanciful allotment hut in Denmark

This imaginative little house is located in an allotment garden just twenty minutes by bike from central Copenhagen. The mint-green cottage features a lantern-style roof highlighted by a cupola. An eclectic collection of… Continue reading

Crows’ Hermitage, a converted stone barn in Ireland

A compact stone barn in the Irish countryside is now a sumptuous holiday cottage perfect for romantic escapes. The current owner converted the barn, now named Crows’ Hermitage, and has been using it… Continue reading

Birds’ Hill Cottage

A coastal rainforest surrounds Birds’ Hill Cottage in British Columbia. The vacation rental cottage is located on Salt Spring Island, a 90-minute ferry ride from Vancouver. With its board siding and peeled log… Continue reading

A Seattle backyard cottage for empty-nesters | microhouse

With their children out of the nest, one Seattle couple was looking to downsize from the large home where they had raised their family. However they did not wish to leave the Tangletown… Continue reading

A second summerhouse inspired by fisherman’s sheds

A few days ago we paid a virtual visit to Hvide Sande, a small fishing village in Denmark, where some of the old fisherman’s sheds have been replaced by small summerhouses. Today’s tiny… Continue reading

Tiny fisherman’s shed cottage

Hvide Sande, a small town on the west coast of Jutland, is Denmark’s fifth largest fishing port. The harbor is lined with rows of fishermen’s sheds, used as workshops and to store gear.… Continue reading

The Pond Cottage, an idyllic retreat surrounded by nature

The Pond Cottage is tucked into a forest meadow where it overlooks its namesake water body. The owners call it a cottage; we’d call it a cabin. Either way, the Pond Cottage invites… Continue reading

A compact Craftsman in Seattle

One of the nice things about buying an existing house is that it is more likely to have established gardens and landscaping. This 1918 bungalow’s yard has had almost a century to grow… Continue reading

Alpine-style brick and wood cottages in Patagonia

San Martín de los Andes, a small town in Patagonia at the base of the Andes, is a center for tourism during both the ski season and the summer months. Much of the… Continue reading

Black and white Danish summerhouse

This classic black and white summerhouse is located in an area of holiday homes on the north coast of Zealand, Denmark’s largest island. The cottage is very snug with just 43 m2 (463 ft2) of… Continue reading

A canal barge houseboat in Amsterdam

The Charlotte Johanna first set sail in 1908, transporting freight along the inland waterways connecting Western Europe. A little over a century later, it was converted into a floating home and is now… Continue reading

Off-grid island cottage in Sweden

This old-time summer cottage shares a small island with less than a dozen other cottages. The island is in Karlholm bay on the Baltic Sea, a couple hours drive north of Stockholm.

Tiny Connecticut cottage

A gravel path winds its way to the front porch of this shingled cottage with green shutters and blue doors. The cottage is located in Madison, a seaside community midway along Connecticut’s shoreline.

Tiny beachfront cottage in Denmark

Several dozen cottages line a beach on the northeast coast of Funen, Denmark’s central island. Among them is this tiny house with roughly 16 m2 (172 ft2) on the ground floor, plus a sleeping loft.

10 small houses for single-level living

We frequently receive emails and comments from readers asking for small houses with a ground-floor bedroom. Stairs can be challenging for many people, and take up a lot of floor space regardless. So,… Continue reading

The Hobbit Houseboat

This eclectic float home on Seattle’s Lake Union has been dubbed the Hobbit Houseboat. No, it’s not covered in earth and there isn’t a single circular door or window to be seen. But… Continue reading

Scandinavian Modern tiny house | Simon Steffensen

A small village on the east coast of Jutland is the setting for this tiny house on a foundation. Designed and built just last year by contractor Simon Steffensen, the home has a… Continue reading

A small barn house in Woodstock

The idea of living in a converted barn holds a lot of romantic appeal for many people. The problem from a small-house perspective is that most barns are pretty big. However this 100-year-old… Continue reading

The Perch, a historic log cabin in the Ozarks

The Perch is a log cabin sitting on a little lake just outside the community of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The small cabin has a square plan with a hip roof and windows that… Continue reading

Cost-saving strategies in a small California beach house

It’s no secret that housing costs eat up a significant chunk of most people’s budgets. Many people are drawn to the small house movement in the hopes that it will enable their dreams… Continue reading

Thatched cottage in the coastal dunes by the North Sea

This cottage is on the market in Søndervig, a beach town on the west coast of Jutland (mainland Denmark). It is a stone’s throw from the North Sea, right behind the first row… Continue reading

Off-grid straw bale homestead in Colorado

How would you like your own off-grid homestead? This small straw bale house is available and comes with 40 acres of land on Colorado’s Western Slope. Half the land is irrigated farmland while… Continue reading

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