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Weekend Fun: The Bird’s Nest at Treehotel

Treehotel is a hotel of five tree houses in the boreal forests of northern Sweden. Each tree house is unique, offering guests an original tree-top environment in which to relax in harmony with… 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

Gunnar’s House | Huus og Heim Arkitektur

This small forest home in Norway was designed by Huus og Heim Arkitektur. The client asked that the house be designed to preserve and respect the natural character of the site. It mixes… Continue reading

Solar Decathlon Europe: PRISPA

Romania’s entry into Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 is called PRISPA (“porch”). The PRISPA team took a keep-it-simple approach to the design of the house, forgoing a lot of the cutting-edge technology favored by… Continue reading

The Chalford Roundhouse, a stone tower house

Today we’re going to take a look at a small house from the past. The Chalford Roundhouse is one of five similar houses along the Thames and Severn Canal in Gloucestershire, England. They… Continue reading

Solar Decathlon Europe: Ekihouse

Continuing our coverage of Solar Decathlon Europe 2012, today we take a look at Ekihouse (“sun house”), a small prefabricated house in two modules. Ekihouse is the result of a collaboration between two… Continue reading

Flake House | OLGGA Architects

It’s Friday and time for a bit of weekend fun. And this is a fun little project, a tiny shed-roofed retreat built to resemble a stack of logs that has been snapped in… Continue reading

Solar Decathlon Europe: The Odoo House

Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 is now in full swing in Madrid, Spain. Solar Decathlon Europe is an offshoot of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon held every second… 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

Eel’s Nest | Anonymous Architects

The Eel’s Nest is a small modern house in Los Angeles, California, built on a steep and tiny lot of 15′ by 52′ (about 4.6 m by 15.8 m). It’s not uncommon to find rowhouses… Continue reading

Sunset Cabin | Taylor Smyth Architects

The Sunset Cabin merges into the landscape of its shoreline setting on Lake Simcoe in Ontario, Canada. Designed by Taylor Smyth Architects, it is a highly refined variant of the traditional cottage country… Continue reading

“Life in Spiral” by Hideaki Takayanagi

This small house in Tokyo sits on a tiny lot in a neighborhood of apartment buildings. Because of the small lot size, the only way to get sufficient living area was to build… 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

The C3 Cabin | Vandeventer + Carlander

The owners of this small house on Camano Island in Washington originally intended it to be a vacation cabin. After using it a short while, they soon decided to make it their full-time… Continue reading

Small house with a sunken patio by Gestalten

This small house in Melbourne, Australia was designed by Günter Gerlach of Gestalten. A tiny building site and local regulations limiting the height left only a very small building envelope. The architect responded… Continue reading

“All-Weather House” in Ireland | ROEWUarchitecture

Today’s interesting family house is located in the town of Mullingar, Ireland. At 160 m2 (1,722 ft2) it is the largest house we’ve featured. However it has four bedrooms so it just barely meets our… 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

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

An old stable in Spain turned into a small house | Sauquet Arquitectes

Architect Roger Sauquet designed this adaptive reuse of an old brick stable in Castellar del Vallés, Spain, not far from Barcelona. The building’s 55 m2 (592 ft2) floor plan was sufficient for a large living… Continue reading

House In Saitama by Satoru Hirota Architects

The outside of this Japanese home is so nondescript, it could easily be mistaken for a storage shed. Only the erratic window placement on the front facade hints at what is inside. Architect… Continue reading

San Juan Island cabin | David Vandervort

This rustic cabin is on San Juan Island in Washington state. Perched on a hill, it has a commanding view over the islands and waterways below. The 672 ft2 (62.4 m2) cabin was designed by… Continue reading

A shingled backyard cottage | Studio Eccos Design

Homeowner Kol Peterson provided these photographs of his appealing shingled cottage. It is an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), a small house built in the back yard of an existing house. ADU’s go by… Continue reading

Small House With a Great View | A1 Architects

This home, called Small House With a Great View by the architects, also has a great layout. It was designed by A1 Architects for a family with two young children. Located on a… Continue reading

The Sky Ranch House, a rooftop residence | Miller Hull

The owner of this rooftop residence wanted to downsize from his 3,500 ft2 house. When he learned that the industrial zoning would allow a small “caretaker’s unit” in the marina his company owned, he… Continue reading

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