Can you downsize to a tiny house?

Bigger homes, smaller lots, massive prices!

I’m guilty! For most of my life I felt that ‘space’ is what made a house. Not enormous space, but certainly enough for every inhabitant to have their ‘own space’. Separate bedrooms, two bathrooms and a guest toilet, a semi-formal living room, a family room, dining room or dining area and a big, generous kitchen. […]

Y7 House floats on a mountain

Nagasaki ¬†Japan ¬†– ¬†Show Architect Site area: ¬† ¬† 284 m2 ¬†(3,067 sq. ft.) Building envelope: ¬† ¬† 95.5 m2 ¬† (1,031 sq. ft.) Built area: ¬† ¬† 89.4 m2 ¬†(966 sq. ft.) Photography: ¬† ¬†¬†Blitz STUDIO Toshihisa Ishii This timber home sits on the side of a mountain offering panaoramic views over Omura Bay. […]

The Pit House

Okayama, Japan ¬†– ¬†UID Architects Photography by: Koji Fujii/Nac√°sa & Partners Inc. Built: 2011 Site area: 95.41sqm Total floor area: 138.23sqm There can be no doubting that UID ignore just about every conventional¬†constraint¬†of residential design. ¬†This home is designed for a family of three and, as is common in Japanese culture most space is shared. […]

Retreating to the Foothills

Yatsugatake Villa – MDS Location:¬†Hokuto-City, Japan Area:¬†110.01 m2 Built:¬†2012 The owners of this villa are an older couple who left the city to spend their retirement farming. They wanted a low-maintenance home with maximum energy efficiency. Located in a harsh environment in the foothills of a mountainous region, it was necessary for the house to […]

57th and Vivian – Modular, Prefabricated and ‘Net Zero’ Solar

Vancouver ¬†Canada ¬†– ¬†Lanefab Design/Build Lot frontage: ¬† ¬† 50ft (15 metres) Built area: ¬† ¬†1020 sq. ft. (95 m2) including single garage ¬†Photography: ¬† ¬†¬†Dylan Doubt Cities and local governments around the world are struggling with the challenges of urban sprawl. The financial cost of providing roads and transport infrastructure and maintenance is crippling […]

A Vancouver Coachhouse

Vancouver Canada ¬†– ¬†Birmingham and Wood Built area: ¬† ¬†1,000 sq. ft. ¬†(92.6 m2) Photography: ¬†John Smith The drive for urban infill continues in Vancouver as it does in most cities around the globe. ¬†Infill lots are typically small and usually have limitations as to the size of the home that can be built on […]

Lake Joseph Boathouse

Muskoka Lakes Region ¬†Canada ¬†– ¬†Altius Architects Year Built: ¬† ¬† 2011 Built Area: ¬† ¬† 600 sq. ft. ¬†(55.5 m2) Lake Joseph is located in Ontario, Canada. It is one of three large, adjoining lakes located a little over two hours from Montreal. ¬† Being only two hours drive from Montreal it is a […]

Cherry Blossom House

South Korea – TRU Architects Built area: 132 sqm Completion Year: 2013 Photography: Courtesy of TRU Architects We don’t seem to get the chance to feature many homes from South Korea. Maybe it’s because the architects are a bit shy??? But we like this farmhouse for it’s practicality and think you might enjoy it too! […]

To Work and Back in 60 Seconds…

Hackney, London ¬†UK ¬†– ¬†Edgley Design Area -Studio: ¬† ¬† 79 m2 ¬†(853 sq. ft.) Area – Home: ¬† ¬† 105 m2 ¬†(1,134 sq ft) Year Built:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 2011 Like so many cities, London is crowded and expensive. ¬†Infill provides¬†opportunity¬†for greater use of space without forcing people to either live in high-density […]