Casa Kike – 16,000 books and a grand piano

16,000 books and a grand piano!

Beachfront ¬†Cahuita ¬†Costa Rica ¬†–¬†Gianni Botsford Architects Year Built: ¬† ¬† 2007 Surely, one of the toughest gigs an architect must face would be designing a home for his father. But in this instance, Keith Botsford, a writer, gave free rein when he decided to retire from Boston, USA to Costa Rica. The over-riding requirement […]

Eco-friendly natural home built for $250

Eco-friendly $250 Natural Home

A $250 home¬†may sound too good to be true, but the owner-builder of this house¬†has proven that it can be done!¬†And it’s not even a tiny home, but a spacious house with a loft in it… :) Retired Oxfordshire art teacher Michael Buck was able to build this inspiring home by following a simple principle […]

A simple two container home

Shipping containers can offer very affordable accommodation and are great for remote locations. Even though they are technically a box, they can be converted in an infinite number of ways. The owner‚Äôs plan is to build a cabin or shelter made from shipping containers. One which they can use during the weekend, but that should […]

Alone on an island – a summer home

Alone on an island...

Bohusl√§n, Sweden –¬†Mikael Bergquist¬†Architects Ltd Photography: ¬†¬†Mikael Olsson Here’s a quick quizz… how many islands are there in Sweden? a) 221 b) 2210 c) 22,100 d) 221,000 You’ll find the answer below the album but a clue is lots! Most of them are uninhabited for much of the year, but many are summer holiday havens […]

Amida House – Interesting on many levels

Amida House

Gotenba, Shizuoka ¬†Japan ¬†– ¬†Kochi Architect’s Studio Built area: ¬† ¬† 115.5 m2 ¬†(1,247 sq. ft.) Year Built: ¬† ¬† 2011 Photography: ¬† ¬†¬†Daici Ano This is one of¬†the¬†more ‘out there’ designs we have come across. ¬†There are nine¬†distinct¬†levels in this small home. ¬†While our initial reaction was muted, our enthusiasm grew as we read […]

Shantikuthi Earthbag Spiral House

Shantikuthi Earthbag Spiral House

Nagano, Japan –¬†Michi-kun Year Built: ¬† ¬† 2011 Here’s another¬†inspiring¬†earthbag construction¬†for fans of natural homes out there! This earthbag house is not actually a ‘house’, but a garden playroom. It was built by permaculturist and carpenter Michi-kun with the help of 20 volunteers in¬†the Peace Permaculture Garden in Nagano, Japan. It’s called a spiral house […]

The Hackney Gingerbread House

Gingerbread Hackney

Hackney ¬†London ¬†– ¬†Laura Dewe Mathews Built: ¬† ¬† 2012 Area: ¬† ¬† 80 m2 ¬†(864 sq. ft.) It’s always interesting seeing what an architect designs and builds for themselves. ¬†In this instance, it’s a one bed, home built on the site of, and using some of the structure of, an old box factory. The […]

Off-the-Grid Strawbale Cabin

Nevada City, California – Arkin Tilt Architects Built area: 872 sq. ft. ¬†(81 m2) Photography: Eric Millette Off-the-grid in every sense, this home, is a great example of sustainability. Heating, cooling, all power and even the water are generated or pumped on-site. It’s a vacation home for a young, active family. From the architect: Located […]

Joseph Dupuis’s self-sufficient shipping container cabin built for just $20,000

Joseph Dupuis Shipping Container Cabin

Ottawa, Canada – Joseph Dupuis Floor Area: 355 sq. ft. Photography: Japhet Alvarez It may look like it’s simply¬†a storage unit from the outside, but¬†these three shipping containers¬†enclose an¬†impressive interior¬†that might just suit your taste! Due to his desire to escape the city for¬†a more peaceful and simpler environment, 29-year old¬†engineer and renewable energy researcher¬†Joseph […]

Pallet House

Mallarauco, Melipilla, Chile ¬†– ¬†Cristi√°n Irarr√°zaval Andrews Site area: ¬†Large acreage Built area: ¬†120m2 ¬†(1,296sf) Year Built: ¬† 2007 The project called for farm accommodation that would be used only a few days each week. Budget was a major consideration as was the remoteness of the location which would typically add to costs. An existing, […]