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Category Archive: studio + sleeping loft

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.

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

Tao, a tiny houseboat on Lake Union

Gasworks Park Marina is a community of tiny floating homes on Lake Union, close to downtown Seattle. The full-time liveaboard marina is set up as a condominium. The boat slips are owned individually… Continue reading

The Cowboy Cabin | Tiny Texas Houses

A rustic little cabin sits on a beautiful piece of southeast Texas acreage, looking like it has been there for over a century. While the weathered siding and rusty tin roof are decades… Continue reading

A modern cabin tucked into a rocky Norwegian coastline | Lund Hagem

Rocky topography helps shelter this small modern cabin on a fjord in southeast Norway. Others would have been tempted to open up the site by clearing the bushes and blasting away some of… Continue reading

Tiny log cabin makes for a snug and romantic retreat

This tiny log cabin provides a snug and romantic retreat for couples. The compact cabin is part of an inn on the outskirts of Czerwienne, a village in southern Poland. Unobstructed views over… Continue reading

Old-time shingled cottage in Camden

Camden is a quaint sea-side town in central Maine. Once a center for shipbuilding and lumber milling, it is now a popular summer vacation destination. This charming old-time vacation cottage sits on a… Continue reading

The Brick House guest suite | Azevedo Design

What would you do with just 94 ft2 (8.7 m2) of floor space? That is the floor area of this former mechanical room previously used to house the boilers for a commercial laundry in San… Continue reading

A garden cottage on the river

One of our readers has sent us photos of her weekend house on the river Bille that flows through Hamburg, Germany. Marion designed the small cottage herself, and she and her husband built… Continue reading

The Piedmont Cottage, a tiny backyard cottage in Portland

The Piedmont Cottage sits in an older neighborhood of North Portland, Oregon. It is a small backyard cottage currently being used as a vacation rental unit. This cottage likely started out life as… Continue reading

The Totems | Henry Yorke Mann

Surrounded by towering trees and the tranquil water of a man-made pond, “the Totems” has an almost mystical quality. The roof of the log cabin is carried by massive abstracted totem pole figures… 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

Charred Cabin, a place to eat, sleep and read for two | DRAA

Located a couple hours drive into the mountains north of Santiago, Chile, “Charred Cabin” is an appealingly simple vacation retreat. Working with a client budget of just $15,000, studio DRAA had to keep… Continue reading

Living on the water in Prague | Mjölk Architekti

The owner of this floating home in Prague wanted to live close to the amenities of the city center. However, like many other young people, he found the typical downtown housing to be… Continue reading

A tiny house in the trees | David Matero

This tiny house is hidden among the pines along the coast of Maine. Called the Tree House, it serves as a playhouse for the owners’ kids and a hangout space for the adults… Continue reading

A post and beam cabin in the B.C. woods

Monika and Sam built this small cabin of their own design near Horsefly Lake in central British Columbia. They had no real plans but as Sam is a log home builder and Monika… Continue reading

Weekend Fun: The Gambier Island Tiny Getaway Cabin

This attractive little cabin overlooks the coastal waters and islands of British Columbia. It is located in a development of recreational lots on Gambier Island, just north of Vancouver. The vendor is offering… Continue reading

Orcas Island cabin | David Vandervort Architects

One of the most popular small cabins we featured last year was a cabin modeled after a forest fire lookout tower. Today we have another small cabin in the woods designed by the… Continue reading

The Inshriach Bothy, an artist studio in the Scottish Highlands

The Bothy Project is an artist-driven initiative to develop small studio spaces for artist residencies in unique locations across Scotland. Some of the studios will make use of space in existing structures while… Continue reading

Cohousing: Living large in small houses

Today’s article on cohousing communities was contributed by Alyse Nelson of Sightline Institute. We hope you enjoy the article and the two galleries that follow! Cohousing: Living large in small houses The small… Continue reading

A laneway cottage with traditional appeal | Smallworks

This small cottage in Vancouver, Canada shows what can be done in only 400 ft2 (37.2 m2) of floor space. It was built by Smallworks Studios/Laneway Housing under Vancouver’s laneway housing initiative. “Laneway house” is… Continue reading

Cottage Cubed, a renovated fisherman’s cottage | DMVF Architects

This tiny terraced fisherman’s cottage is located in the seaside resort town of Bray, Ireland. Built in the 1830’s, it had fallen into disrepair and was derelict when the owner engaged DMVF Architects… Continue reading

The Silberfisch, a modern floating home | Confused-Direction

Living on the water is an option in many places. Unlike a houseboat, a float home has no engine of its own and must be towed from place to place. They are typically… Continue reading

Karen’s backyard cottage | New Avenue Homes

This attractive little cottage in Berkeley, California was built behind an existing small house. Karen, the homeowner, needed additional space for regular long-term guests. Since Berkeley allows accessory dwelling units, she hired New… Continue reading