Impressive Micro-Building by Knowhow Shop

Let us show you another great example of micro housing by Knowhow Shop. “Lighthouse is a micro-building designed and built like a piece of furniture. We discarded typical details and assemblies in favor of new methods of construction from the ground up. The result is a project designed to test our craft in materials and our perceptions of space. From a door with no right angles, to a custom made skylight that marries traditional boatbuilding materials with details borrowed from a car sunroof, to shop fabricated and mitered SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) joined with film industry hardware. This is not a project that we would have been able to hand off to a contractor to execute, so we bypassed the normal methods of architectural production, and relied on the most experimental potential of our design/build model. Lighthouse is an office for our business, a showcase of our craft, and an example of the huge potential within rethinking the way we design and build.” And be sure to check 15 modern tiny houses.

Cedar Shake Tiny House by Studio 512

Acting as both architect and general contractor, Austin, Texas-based Studio 512 have completed a small 550 square foot tiny wooden house that draws inspiration from both Dutch and Japanese design elements. The exterior is covered in reclaimed cedar shakes, while the interior features bright white walls and wood elements. The ground floor is dedicated to the living room and the kitchen. Colquitt inspired light fixtures, hidden lighting, and reclaimed longleaf pine cabinetry are all design elements that have been included in the kitchen design.

Wood stairs with charred wood treads and a white handrail lead to the second floor.

At the top of the stairs and behind a door is the bathroom. A skylight helps to brighten the bathroom and add natural light, while a floating mirror is located above the vanity, and in the shower, there’s a floating shower bench.

Before entering the bedroom, there’s a desk area that overlooks the living room. In the bedroom, the bed has been built into the room, with wood cabinetry doubling as a headboard. Windows on two walls help to keep the space feeling open. The bedroom also has a small open closet. After viewing this house we would recommend you to check other creative tiny houses.

Hut On Sleds Prefab Tiny House By Crosson Architects

This tiny cabin is built on two thick wooden sleds so it can be towed off the beach and out of harm´s way. Designed by Crosson Architects, the Hut on Sleds is a holiday home built just over two hours drive from Aukland, New Zealand, and finds its shape inspired by lifeguard towers common on beaches around the world. The aesthetic is naturalistic, with unpainted timber evocative of wind and sand-blasted timber of beach-side structures. The fittings and mechanics are industrial and exposed giving the structure an industrial vibe that is both inviting and informative. A huge shutter folds up across the exterior to reveal and shade a two-storey glazed facade, which has an open-plan living room and mezzanine bedroom behind. Measuring a mere 40 square metres, the tiny cabin can accommodate a family of five, and is designed to close up against the elements when not in use. And be sure to check 15 modern tiny houses.

CABN Modern Tiny House in South Australia

Helping people disconnect with CABN, builders of architectural, off-grid tiny homes. CABNs are entirely self-sustainable and can be placed on beautiful parcels of land all over Australia, designed to effortlessly blend in with the Australian landscape. CABN’s houses are designed to let individuals, couples and families disconnect from city life with off-grid, handcrafted, sustainable, and eco-friendly tiny houses in some of South Australia’s most stunning and stimulating landscapes. For Michael Lamprell, CABN’s creator, it was a mix of transcendental meditation and a chance encounter that planned the seed to go off-grid. CABN source as much local materials as possible, from design to build, food to firewood. The 100 percent-sustainable houses have composting toilets, rainwater catchment and solar power. The whole philosophy is to live, leaving no footprint. Inside each CABN, there’s a king or queen bed, toilet, shower, heater, two-burner kitchen stove, full-size sink, mini freezer fridge and cooking tools. CABN works for people who are serious about downsizing their life, as well as those looking for a temporary lifestyle change, even if it’s just for the weekend. To continue – please check 15 modern tiny houses.

Old Short School Bus Turned Into A Tiny House

There’s no denying how popular the adventure van trend has become – and it makes sense, as putting your home on wheels is one of the best ways to see more of the world. But while most folks turn to vehicle customizers and/or pre-built examples, some folks are a little more industrious. In fact, one couple (who go by the handle, WeTravelByBus) turned an old GMC Short Bus into one of the best adventure vans we’ve ever seen. Interestingly, while its owners hail from Berlin, this bus actually originated in Lee County, Florida – and, judging by their photos, it hasn’t stayed in once place for too long since. With the exception of a full-length roof rack, the exterior seems largely the same with a classic yellow and black paint job. The inside, however, is a different story – as the seats have been gutted and replaced with things like a kitchen counter, cabinet storage, a raised bed, and even a wood-burning custom-built stove. If you need a little inspiration to kick off your own DIY adventure van project, this might be just the ticket. Also there are other tiny houses made from buses we’ve told you about earlier: School Bus Tiny House by The Mayes Team and Big Green Bus.

The Conker – Automotive Ultimate Living Pod

Ex-Rolls Royce engineer Jag Virdie is out to offer an affordable solution to pricey housing – and in style. Conker Living is his entrepreneurial startup that’s garnering attention for its versatile £21,000 (US$27,000) 10-square-meter home pods, each spanning roughly 13 feet (3.9 meters) in diameter. The tiny homes can be joined together to form larger spaces and offer greater flexibility when it comes to customized designs. Each ‘Conker’ has a foundation comprising four anchor points, which makes it more adaptable for varied terrains including uneven ground. The pods have been designed for durability and eco-friendliness. They are made of aluminum and upcycled plastic, using materials sourced locally within the UK. Virdie has capitalized on the pod’s spherical structure to harvest rainwater that flows down the sides of the home. This can be filtered and reused either for showering or cleaning. Its heat reclamation system confines warmth within the pod during winter, thus lowering electricity consumption. For now, Conker Living is working on fulfilling its first two orders that will reside along a river. Be sure to check pod Podzook and Skydome.

Modern Tiny Home on Wheel With a Balcony

Living Vehicle is a mobile home option that’s been carefully thought of and beautifully designed to make the most of its interior space. Inside of it you’ll find a small kitchen with all of the modern appliances, a living area, a bedroom and a bath. The structure is supported by sturdy aluminum tubes that ensure strength and lightweight, the outside is from the same noble material which contributes for a great look and has a vintage style that reminds of the 50’s Airstream models. The tiny house has a 6 person capacity and its strong construction will enable you to get to some hard to reach spots. It has double paned windows to provide extra thermal insulation which makes it suitable for all seasons. Hoffman Architects – the masterminds behind this project – also provide a reasonable number of customizable options so you may equip it with everything you need to live off-the-grid for months at a time. And don’t forget to check other mobile homes on our site: Airstream Classic XL and Nest by Airstream.

Plús Hús – Micro Home by Minarc

Minarc has thrown their hat into the ring with their answer to California’s housing crisis – the Plús Hús, which is Icelandic for “plus house”. State regulations on ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units), or “Granny flats”, have been loosened, meaning tiny houses can exist, which sent LA architectural firm Minarc to the drawing board. Their 16′ x 20′ structures are detached private units that are completely customizable allowing the buyer to use them for personal use or to turn into a rental. The Icelandic-inspired homes come flat-packed helping to reduce the cost of your future home office, guest house, rental apartment, yoga studio, or artist space.

Lunar-Inspired Tiny House Design by Kurt Hughes

Nestled on the banks of the Columbia River in central Washington, the roughly 250-square-foot home is hexagon-shaped, perched nearly 9 feet above the ground on three massive steel beams. Inside, earthlings are greeted by an open floor plan. A breakfast nook has a porthole-shaped window overlooking the river and the hillside; a kitchen with stainless steel appliances provides space to cook up a feast for an astronaut. A large geodesic dome skylight showers the room with sunlight. Just off the bathroom, a deep-blue sink and cerulean-colored mirror have a Mid-Century Modern feel. The bedroom sits down a small ladder and can comfortably sleep two people. Upstairs, there’s enough room for a small outdoor deck where you can gaze at area wildlife, including eagles and lynxes. If the space reminds you of the tiny, well-intentioned living quarters of a boat, it’s no coincidence. The lunar lander’s owner and designer, Kurt Hughes, is a boat designer by trade. After viewing this lunar-inspired house you should surely check our rating of 15 modern tiny houses.

Drake – Modern House on Wheels

Combining a crisp, contemporary profile with mid-century modernist elegance, Drake is a brand new recreational vehicle house by Land Ark RV that radically redefines the staid image of the typical camper trailer. Designed by American husband-wife duo Brian and Joni Buzarde based on their own experience of building and living in a mobile home, Drake provides all the modern amenities one could ask for, fleshed out in a sleek environment of understated luxury and minimalist sensibility. It is in other words like any other thoughtfully designed high-end house, albeit one you can drive around anywhere you wish to go. Land Ark RV was founded by Brian and Joni, a Texan couple whose dream was to build their own home on wheels so they wouldn’t be anchored in the same place. Their first endeavour in 2012, a DIY prototype named Woody arising while brainstorming ideas on Southwest Airlines napkins, was painstakingly hand-built in a Houston warehouse after working hours and on weekends with the occasional helping hand of a friend. Once completed, it was put to the test when the couple decided to move to Colorado while living in Woody which proved to be a seminal period because it allowed them to observe firsthand what worked best in terms of privacy and functionality, from storage ideas and plumbing to sleeping arrangements and natural lighting. Also we recommend you to check other house on wheels – The Rook Tiny House.

DublDom Shelter Beneath The Northern Lights

Located in the snowy hills of the Murmansk region, Kandalaksha, there is a snowy seclusion that offers true solitude. Don’t think Siberia – the DublDom-Kandalaksha house is a hearth away from home, a beautiful and warm haven set on a splendid snowy landscape. Grab a cup of steaming coffee and gaze out the vast window of this accommodating abode, located deep in the heart of the Russian Tundra. A perfect place for skiers and snowboarders to stay, the beautiful home offers a view that stretches for miles over the White Sea gulf and the rolling white hills of Northern Russia. Hedged by the great coniferous forest and canopied by the Aurora Borealis, this hidden house is also the perfect place for artists and writers to sit and ponder, and have their energies restored by the vitalizing views. Even if you don’t consider yourself a poet, you never know – this is the kind of landscape that tends to inspire. If you liked this shelter – check Panorama Glass House In Iceland.

Mobile Tiny Home from Restored Vintage Airstream

In Denver, Colorado, a new company called Colorado Caravan aims to make the dreams of Airstream fanatics come true. Husband and wife Patrick Neely and Kerri Cole rescued “Bonnie,” a 21-foot 1969 Globetrotter from Fairplay, Colorado, after it had been sitting unused and full of rodents for 12 years. A thorough cleanup and all-new interior resulted in a mobile retreat that prioritizes functionality, airiness, and sleek, livable design. As one of the smaller Airstream trailers—the company’s largest measure up to 33 feet long—the vintage Globetrotter proved the perfect space for the couple, clocking in at 140 square feet. Colorado Caravan works as a team, with Neely demoing and building out the remodeled space and Cole using her skills as a real estate stager and stylist for the design. Neely demoed Bonnie down to the original aluminum framing, added new insulation, replaced the rotten sub floor, and added all new electrical, AC, plumbing, and windows.

Small is Beautiful: 15 Modern Tiny Houses

Microdwelling is the new favorite of the environmentally and economically aware. Not only are they innovative, they also take care of space and pollution crunch. You can buy one for yourself, or you can retire to one during the weekend to get your batteries charged. Either way, microdwellings are here to stay. Here is a list of 15 beautiful tiny houses designed to give you the best of the microdwellings experience.

New Modern Frontier Cornelia Tiny House

There are tiny houses for all kinds of budgets: ultra-affordable, do-it-yourself affairs, or vehicles converted into tiny houses on wheels, and on the other end of the spectrum, high-end, luxurious tiny gems that have price tags to match. Designed and built by Nashville, Tennessee company New Frontier, this tiny house comes into the latter category. It’s a small-scale guesthouse when not occupied, but also a writing studio and library for author Cornelia Funke. It’s all about natural daylighting here: constructed on a 24-foot-long trailer and measuring 8.5 feet wide, the elegant yet rustic dwelling features a large glazed front facade, as well as a clerestory of windows that permits the sunlight to pour in — no doubt imparting great inspiration for productive writing sessions. In addition, the windows above also give the impression that the roof is higher than it is, offering the impression of greater space, which is emphasized by that huge awning that projects out and beyond the well-insulated house.

The main living room is a flexible, open space, populated by a couch, a chair, and a desk that can fold up or down when not being used. The walls and ceilings are clad with reclaimed barn wood.

The kitchen is relatively smaller to make way for a larger living room; however, it’s still got a sink and storage, and is painted in a bold, modern colour scheme of gray and yellow. There is a hidden dishwasher in one of the drawers, to save space.

Situated beside the kitchen, the bathroom is simple but functional and has been covered in a vibrant green.

The sleeping loft is accessible via a ladder, and offers a sweeping view over the the rest of the house. There is enough space here for a king-sized bed. From here you can see the library shelving high up, and the rods that support the movable ladder which allows for access to books on the shelves.

The cost for Cornelia Funke’s 204-square-foot live-work space is an eye-popping USD $125,000 – which is quite expensive for a tiny house (though the company does make a more basic version of this home for $110,000). All that may seem to fly in the face of the tiny house movement’s fundamental desire for simpler, happier living with less possessions in a smaller space, but there’s still plenty of positives of at least embracing the concept that ‘smaller is better’.

Round Tiny House ‘Escape Pod’ by Podmakers

The “Escape Pod” from UK-based design firm Podmakers, is a spherical hideout that lets you get away from it all. This unique space is a versatile backyard dwelling cab be used as a garden retreat for workers, visitors, a music or writer´s studio, or anyone in need of a little timeout. Crafted from a mix of birch plywood and European oak, the 75-square-foot prefabricated unit can be easily customised depending on what the owner wants from distinct window designs, heating source, to window placement and built-in furniture. To add to its uniqueness, the entrance is through a unique aircraft-style plug door with a wooden hinge. Don’t forget to check other great examples of round houses: Podzook and Skydome.

Variomobil Signature 1200 is a Luxurious $1M Motor Home

Variomobil Signature 1200 is the largest and most expensive motorhome on the market right now. VARIOmobil, the German company behind this incredible project, made sure that the 523-hp six-cylinder turbo diesel Mercedes engine will take you anywhere you might want to go in comfort, style and safety. This outrageous motorhome drives to camp and then it allows its lucky owner to take his (or her) Porsche, Mercedes or BMW to enjoy a trip around the area. But the extraordinary 39-ft (12m), three-axle, 6×2 Mercedes Actros-based motorhome is so amazing that they’ve decided to ask $1 million for it.

The Rook Tiny House – High End House On Wheels

Today we want to tell you about the Rook Tiny House. This 22-foot long abode made by the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Wind River Homes has a surprisingly urban vibe to it despite being built for anywhere but the city. The exterior of the home features painted vertical siding with exposed stainless screws that give off a stark and masculine vibe while the interior sports a herringbone floor, exposed brick veneer, floating rebar stairs, and a handful of other rugged accents. Despite being incredibly small, the home has a full bathroom, loft with washing unit, built in book shelves, a fold down desk, and a bevy of other creature comforts. But it isn’t what Wind River fit into this home that makes it interesting. Take it out of context and the inside of the Rook tiny house could be mistaken for a renovated big-city industrial loft. And given all the hard work and detail that Wind River put into the home, it’ll cost you about as much, too. Price tag is $100.000.

Compact Living Unit Adaptable To Various Climate Conditions And Terrains

Slovenian architecture firm OFIS Architects developed a living unit. Research for the cabin was initiated by OFIS Architects and Permiz, C+C, C28 and AKT to develop a self-contained wooden shell, flexible and adaptable for different locations, climate conditions and terrains. This compact house can be used as holiday cabin, a hideaway, treehouse or even a temporary habitation for research. OFIS Architects’ basic living unit (4.50 m x 2.50 m x 2.70 m) offers accommodation, including a kitchen, bathroom, bed and seats. It joins horizontally and/or vertically and can be upgraded to twins-sized, triplets or similar. The structure is made using timber frames, which are reinforced by plywood boards on both sides. The cabin can be fixed on the ground either by steel anchors or removable concrete cubes. The interior treatment is changeable and flexible and the unit furnishings can be used in various site contexts.

Innovative Folding House From Wood And Glass

This dynamic house was designed and built by Caspar Schols as a hobby space for his mother. Schols designed the pavilion with no formal architecture training after his mother asked for a pavilion that could be used for dinner parties with friends, theatre performances by her grandchildren, painting and meditating.The Garden House sits on the edge of a pond in Schols’ parents’ garden. It is made almost entirely of douglas fir wood and at first glance looks like a typical garden shed. But Schols separated the inner beam-and-glass structure from the outer wooden walls and metal roof and set them on runners. The walls part in the middle and can be wheeled inwards and outwards to create different layouts. “I was looking for a design with a lot of flexibility, if possible a design that has the flexibility of clothes,” said Schols. “You should be able to get away with changing the layers of the house almost as easily as changing clothes when desired.” The pavilion contains a bed that lifts out of the structure’s raised decking base, and a small black wooden fireplace is set in its centre. In inclement weather, the walls can be closed to create a warm and cosy shelter with outdoor terraces on either side. But as the weather gets warmer the outer shell is designed to be slid open to offer more light, leaving the inner glass shell to protect against any rain or wind. Doors on the east and west side of the house can be opened up to create a breeze. In sunnier weather, this glass shell can be parted to create an outdoor living space in the centre, where the bed, fireplace and furniture are open to the elements. “Think of how you can sleep under the stars, go sunbathing, have a barbecue party, or just relax and enjoy your freedom while being perfectly comfortable,” said Schols. The final layout option, which Schols describes as “dinner party mode”, involves sliding the two glass shells outwards and creating a covered space in the centre. This creates a large indoor space with room for a 10-metre-long table to hosts a dinner part of 30 people.

Viking Seaside Summer House by FREAKS Architecture

Repurposed from an existing fishing shack, the Viking Summer House by FREAKS Architecture is a minimal beach retreat on the coast of France. Although construction regulations kept the structure’s size and shape unchanged, the roof and exterior facade were upgraded to a galvanized metal. The interior consists of only the basics — a kitchen, living room, and dining area — left in an open floor plan with a lofted bedroom above. To make the most of the modest space, bathing is done seaside in the outdoor shower. Along with a couple of large sliding windows, the coastal setting can also be enjoyed on an outdoor terrace created by the rocky landscape.