5 Housing Options for a Comfortable Retirement

If you are nearing retirement, it’s important to know where you want to settle. You will want to live in a community that’s comfortable and cozy. It’s also important to find a house where you can live on your terms. Your choice of a great place to live in during your retirement will depend on […]

Tiny House Project

Tiny House Project - Outside

Sebastopol, CA – Alek Lisefski Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer 😎   If you liked this project, you will also like viewing …      

Amazing Tiny Homes On Wheels

1. The Awning - The Owner-Builder Network

Are you the kind of homeowner who’s always on the go? Then a mobile home is your best option. They’re very unique, affordable, and can be easily relocated whenever you wish to move. And if you’re after great savings, you can also build it yourself. To inspire you we’ve collected amazing mobile homes. They come […]

Koya No Sumika

A young couple's sanctuary...

Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan – mA-style Architects Built area:     77.8 sqm (840 sq. ft.) Year built:     2013 Photography:     Kai Nakamura When two adult families share a home, stresses inevitably arise. The Japanese are masters at respecting privacy. Traditional homes have – quite literally, paper-thin walls or screens called shoji. Even modern Japanese homes […]

Where every bit of space counts

Paris France – Marc Baillargeon and Julie Nabucet Built area:    12m2  (130 sq. ft.) Year Built:    2012 Living in the heart of any of the world’s major cities like London, Sydney, New York, Tokyo and Paris may have it’s benefits – but it also comes at a high price. This has resulted in many […]

A Tiny House on a River Island

Sauvie Island Portland OR – Jessica Helgerson Interior Design Built: 1940 Renovated: 2009 Area:  50m2 (540 sq. ft.) When the owners bought this home in 2008 they decided to try to live within the existing footprint.  Step 1 was to design the interior for maximum efficiency. The owners also wanted to recycle as much as possible.  Here is an except […]

The world’s narrowest home?

The journey begins

The Keret House  Warsaw  Poland  –  Architect:  Jakub Szczesny Photography by Bartek Warzecha, Polish Modern Art Foundation Built:   2012 Area:   Unknown but miniscule We’ve featured, what we considered to be, some extremely narrow homes but surely, this has to be the narrowest fully constructed ‘home’ anywhere!  At it’s narrowest, it’s just 72 centimetres (28″) before widening out to a […]

Prefab comes of age

Fluid Spaces - Michelle Kaufmann Studio

Fluid spaces – Michelle Kaufmann, Design 101 and Blazer Industries When most of us think of pre-fabricated housing, images of low quality trailer homes spring to mind.  But in recent years, a combination of new technologies, better designs, experimentation and rising construction costs have seen a renaissance in factory built housing. If you picture a typical building site […]

Two Boxes And A View

San Paulo  Brazil – Alan Chu and Cristiano Kato With a total built area of just 36m2 (396 sq ft), this is compact living. It replaced a very dark, old stone home but much of the original materials were reclaimed and can be found in this home. Click on any image to start lightbox display.  Use your […]

ecoPerch – would you like it here or there?

Anywhere – Blue Forest Size:  48m2 (516 sq. ft.) This home brings to mind the Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham.  “Would you like them in a tree?  Try them, try, them, you will see. You may like them in a tree!” This home can be ‘perched’ just about anywhere – in a tree, on […]

Flat Packed In Kent

Modular construction minimises wastage

Kent, U.K. – in.it.studios Built Area:  90 m2  (968 sq. ft.) The term ‘Granny’ flat derives from an earlier era when husbands were usually older than their brides and had shorter life-spans. Even as recently as the 1980’s, women were likely to outlive their husbands by close to 10 years. Many families bought the widow into […]

Garage Transformation

Garage Transformation

Washington, United States – Michelle de la Vega Built area: 23 m2 (250 sq. ft.) Photography: Ira Lippke Michelle de la Vega is a visual artist, designer, welder.  Here is her conversion of an old, disused garage into a 23 m2 (250 sq ft) mini-home. The roof was raised 1.2 metres (4ft) to accommodate a lofty sleeping area and a […]

The Hemloft

The Hemloft

Whistler British Columbia – Joel Allen Gone forever now, but what an interesting story this is! Built on public land, this home lead the owner (borrower of public space?) to a new beginning. Built from materials sourced free on Craigslist, it’s proof of human resourcefulness. “Like so many wonderful accomplishments, the HemLoft sprang from broken […]