Category Archive: Single-Level Living

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paid a virtual visit to Hvide Sande, a small fishing village in Denmark, where some of the old fisherman’s sheds have been replaced by small summerhouses.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

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

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.

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

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

Cozy 1930 cottage overlooking the sea in Sweden

This cozy cottage just came on the market in Sweden. It is located in Åsa, a wonderful little community on Sweden’s southwest coast. Åsa offers you both beaches and retail shops within easy… Continue reading

Two Birds laneway house | Lanefab

The Two Birds laneway house is somewhat of an anomaly for Vancouver, Canada. Because it is built on a large (for Vancouver) lot of 80′ in width, architect Bryn Davidson of Lanefab Design/Build… Continue reading

Smoky Mountains farmhouse

Alex and Susan sent us these photos of the farmhouse they renovated and now use as a vacation home and rental. The homey farmhouse is located in the Great Smoky Mountains, ten minutes… Continue reading

Tiny beach cottage on Camano Island

An old-timer cabin has gained a new life as a breezy beach cottage on Camano Island in Washington’s Puget Sound. It was originally built in the 1940s as a fishing cabin on the… Continue reading

Buttercup laneway house in Vancouver

This Craftsman-style laneway house sits in a Vancouver, Canada, backyard. The Buttercup Guest House is one of the hundreds of laneway houses built in Vancouver since its laneway housing program was adopted 2009.… Continue reading

Wooden Brick House | Jaro Krobot

The old brick house that previously stood on this site was too far gone to save, but architect Jaro Krobot designed a replacement with a similar form. The new house references the local… Continue reading

Casa em Guararema, a small wooden house in Brazil | Cabana Arquitetos

Perched over a steep hillside on eucalyptus poles, Casa em Guararema overlooks the verdant Itapeti River valley in southeastern Brazil. The pine-clad house has a symmetrical design topped by a distinctive butterfly roof… Continue reading

Sommerhaus PIU | Patrick Frey & Björn Götte

Sommerhaus PIU is a modern prefab vacation home by industrial designer Patrick Frey and architect Björn Götte. Inspired by the Scandinavian summerhouse culture, they created a casual, timeless design that would fit into… Continue reading

Tiny studio cottage on Cape Cod

Cape Cod is home to many tiny cottages, a lot of which are intended for seasonal use only by the tourists who throng to the Cape every summer. This shingled cottage home, however,… Continue reading

Tiny historic cottage in Denmark

Sønderho is a charming little village on the island of Fanø, off Denmark’s southwestern coast. The village is home to around 300 well-preserved buildings, some dating back to the 17th century and many… Continue reading

The rustic and romantic Firefly cabin

Tucked away in the Cornish countryside, an old carpenter’s workshop offers a unique setting for a romantic getaway. Well, Firefly cabin is actually a recent build but it was designed to have the… Continue reading

Jardin del Colibri Cottage | Ross Chapin

Conover Commons is a community of small cottage homes in Redmond, Washington. It was built by The Cottage Company, a property developer that has made a specialty of creating “pocket neighborhoods” of six… Continue reading

A small house for Ecuador | Velasco Roldan and Hevia Antuña

Architects Luis Velasco Roldan and Ángel Hevia Antuña have built a prototype house designed for Ecuador’s climate and social conditions. The small house is made from locally-sourced, natural materials and uses passive solar… Continue reading

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