Category Archive: Small Vacation Houses

Habuka mountain retreat | Satoshi Irei

This small house occupies a clearing in the forest near the Habuka ski area in the Japanese Alps. The wedge-shaped home was designed by architect Satoshi Irei to be used as a ski… Continue reading

The Port-a-Bach, a container cabin | Bonnifait + Giesen

Architects Cecile Bonnifait and William Giesen of Atelierworkshop have recycled a used 20′ shipping container to create the Port-a-Bach. “Bach” is the New Zealand term for a small back-to-basics vacation cabin. The Port-a-Bach… Continue reading

A pared-down Palladian villa in Sweden by DinellJohansson

Today we have a small vacation house located in the south of Sweden. Working within a tight budget, architects DinellJohansson came up with a plan inspired by the luxurious villas designed by Renaissance… Continue reading

The Beach Hut, a romantic retreat in Cornwall

This snug retreat provides a secluded escape for lovers. The 85 year old cottage is located on a remote cove on the rugged windswept coast of Cornwall. The Beach Hut was a teahouse… Continue reading

La Luge, a modern ski cabin in Quebec | Yiacouvakis Hamelin

La Luge is a small vacation cottage in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec. Not far from a major ski hill, it was designed by Yiacouvakis Hamelin Architectes as a retreat for enjoying the… Continue reading

Vacation cottage in Denmark | Møn Huset

Last year we featured the Længehus, a modular holiday house from Denmark. That was one of our most popular early articles, and so we thought we’d take a quick look a different model… Continue reading

The Edge, an idyllic beach cottage in Cornwall

Nestled into a seaside cliff in Cornwall, The Edge is a tiny beach cottage with huge views. A breath-taking vista of the Atlantic Ocean and coastline can be enjoyed from its deck. The… Continue reading

The Wedge, a small cabin on wheels

The Wedge is a small transportable cabin designed and built by WheelHaus. It is a park model trailer, built on a trailer chassis and registered as a recreational vehicle (RV). A park model… Continue reading

“Dream Catcher Cottage” in Seaside, Florida

This classic Florida cottage is in the master-planned resort community of Seaside, Florida. Named Dream Catcher, the small cottage has two bedrooms and a sleeping loft in 1,035 ft2 (96.2 m2). It is topped by… Continue reading

A designer’s modern beach hut | Studiomama

Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama designed this modern beach hut for her own family. Just an hour outside London, it sits on a tiny patch of seashore, one in a row of 25 tiny… Continue reading

The clifftop “House in Buchupureo” | Alvaro Ramírez and Clarisa Elton

This small cabin in Chile is a literal cliffhanger, perched on pilings atop a bluff that drops steeply to the Pacific Ocean below. The deck hangs so far over the slope that it… Continue reading

Snug ski chalet in the French Alps

Winter is quickly approaching in the northern hemisphere and for some people that means the arrival of ski season. Gîte la Bartavelle is a small mountain chalet at a ski resort in the… Continue reading

Thoughtful details enrich a modest cottage

This two-bedroom cottage is located on the island of Utila in Honduras. A single-level residence, it’s the type of small house often found in retirement communities across North America. It appears to be… Continue reading

Modern Scandinavian vacation cottages | Thomas Sandell

Swedish architect Thomas Sandell has designed a cluster of eight modern vacation cottages on Stora Timrarö, an island in the Stockholm archipelago. There are two floor plans, both with three bedrooms in about… Continue reading

Eagles Pass, a classic Cape Breton Island cottage

Eagles Pass is a small seaside cottage on Cape Breton Island in Canada. Designed and built by owner Stewart Applegath in a traditional Cape Breton style, it has minimal roof overhangs, mostly small… Continue reading

A modular vacation house from Denmark | Møn Huset

The Længehus (Longhouse) is a small modular home from Denmark. Manufactured by Møn Huset, it consists of modules that are a standard width of 4.66 m (15’3″) but come in various lengths. Customers choose… Continue reading

Weekend Fun: Final Wooden House | Sou Fujimoto

“Final Wooden House” is a very small weekend house by architect Sou Fujimoto. Fujimoto’s works are often playful, questioning the basic assumptions of what a house should be. In his take on the… Continue reading

A renovated 1934 cottage in Sweden

This seaside cottage is located outside the village of Kalvsvik on a large lake in Sweden. It was built in 1934 and completely renovated in 2008. The 50 m2 (538 ft2) cottage has one bedroom… Continue reading

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