484 Sq. Ft. Modern & Unique Tiny Cabin

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Designed by Saunders Architecture.

“Summerhouse Aaland was designed by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen in the Fall of 2002. This house takes the form of a continuous, long, folded wooden structure that incorporates all the functions of the house. Here we created a clear folding structure that flows up, down, over and under. This structure transformed into all the house elements: walls, floor, roof, seating and roof terrace. The house is created with ecological ambition: it is insulated with linseed fibres and the exterior wood is treated with natural oils. All the wood is from a local sawmill. The house is built on pillars allowing us not to cut any roots or trees.” (source)

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Arkiboat Modern Tiny Houseboat on Pontoons

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“Architecturally designed, each Arkiboat Houseboat is a creation of each owners imagination. All we provide you with are some guidelines and basic designs, and you the customer create the rest to suit your needs, tastes and desires. And the best thing about an Arkiboat, is you can change your address whenever you like.” (source)

More info and photos here.

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242 Sq. Ft. Tiny Modern Prefab Sun House

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Dimensions: 33′ x 16′

Living Area: 242 sq. ft.

Floor Area: 276 sq. ft.

“When we designed the Swift, the shape of the language we chose the Finnish sauna, the essence of clarity and the simplicity. Spacious room, spacious living room and a large, covered terrace giving saunatuvalle your own, unique look. Slim design to facilitate the swift placement of the sloping terrain. Saunatupien alongside the planned guest house accommodation in additional models need to resolve it.” Translated with Google Translator (source)

More info and pics here.

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Tiny Rustic DIY House made of Reclaimed Materials in Portland, OR

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This rustic and modern tiny house has its own entrance and private front yard which is gated. The owners built it on their property because they always wanted to build a house themselves and they did it with the help of friends. When you first enter the house you’re in the kitchen, living area and that’s also where the bathroom is. Go upstairs and you’ve got a sweet loft with a queen bed.

It was built using mostly reclaimed materials and furnishings. Some of the wood, trim and shelving came from an old shed that used to be on the property. More “unwanted” wood was harvested from high end construction job sites. Some of the windows came from an old horse farm structure. And the kitchen stove and refrigerator came from a museum.

Learn more, see more pics and if you’re interested you can actually stay in this tiny house.

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435 Sq. Ft. Tiny Eco House in Portland, OR

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The Pocket House is a brand new structure (2010) designed by Jason Swift and Wendy Turner of Swift Architecture that beautifully blends modern Scandinavian aesthetic with sustainable Pacific Northwest sensibility. The result is an inviting 435 square-foot space, one bedroom home with a fully functional kitchenette, separate sleeping loft and a private garden space.” (source)

Check availability, learn more and reserve your stay here.

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Simple Living in a 900 Square Foot Modern/Rustic Eco Cabin

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This 900 square foot steel and stone house actually packs two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is located in the city of Taos, New Mexico. That’s pretty good use of space considering it’s just 900 sq. ft. and there are no lofts.

One of the rooms has a murphy bed which is great because you can put the bed up and the room doubles as an open office with great views.

Inside the vaulted ceilings are up to 10′ high with large windows to let in the sun and give you great views of the surrounding forest.

The woodwork and cabinets inside are all custom built and in the kitchen you’ll find some really nice black granite countertops.

It’s very well insulated to help make it easy and efficient to cool. Plus the appliances, heating and water systems are also very efficient.

Nearby you can find a beautiful stone deck with a hot tub. And in the rear you’ll find a BBQ grill on the deck. And I almost forgot to mention.. There’s a river back there you can fish from that’s so close you can almost do it from the deck . 🙂

This is a vacation rental in Taos, New Mexico so if you’re interested you can look up the rates right here. For more info and photos click here.

What did you like best about this 900 SF modern/rustic eco cabin? For me it’s the general great use of space. I like how the kitchen is spacious, usable and has lots of cabinets because I like cooking at home. I also like how the living room is relatively small. I don’t like oversized living areas because I think they’re a waste of space. How about you?

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Tiny Modern Cabin in Australia

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This tiny modern cabin in Australia is great because it brings the nature that outside in. And who wouldn’t appreciate that? It was designed by architect, David Luck, as a weekend spot to relax and recharge in Red Hill.

The structure comprises of internal pods that make up the entire cabin. There’s a ‘pod’ for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living areas.

My favorite part is that each area of the home can be opened up to the outside which allows the breeze to come in and also make you feel like you’re outside while you’re still inside. What do you like best about this tiny modern home? And if you were to guess the square footage, what would it be?

If you want to book a vacation here you can! Rates are available here.

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Modern and Chic Prefab Eco Cabanas

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This property has a total of 4 of these pre-fab modern cabins on the property. Each has been designed and built with “green” in mind since they wanted to have as little impact as possible on the environment there in Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile.

They call them Eco Cabanas. And each one utilizes solar power and strategic positioning and design to be as sustainable as possible. Each cabin has two bedrooms and is spacious enough to sleep 6 people. Inside you’ll find a full kitchen, dining area, living room, bathrooms and of course the wonderful front porch areas with hammocks to enjoy the outdoors.

I can totally see myself living happily in one of these within a community or all on our own in our own piece of land off the grid especially since they’re just big enough to raise a family in. How about you?

Unfortunately I couldn’t find interior square footage or exterior dimensions information. What would you guess them to be? Please share in the comments along with what you liked most about these modern cabins in Chile.

By the way if you’re interested you can actually try one of these out on your next vacation. Rates are available here. More photos and info here.

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Rustic yet Modern Micro Cabin with Deck

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Images: Boutique Homes

“This secluded one-bedroom cabin, located minutes away from the south entrance to Yosemite, overlooks a forested meadow of wild flowers and native trees – and the occasional deer.” (source)

You can rent this cabin for your next vacation, if you’re interested in that click here.

What do you like best about this tiny modern cabin? If you want, share in the comments below, we’d all love to hear it. For me it’s the clean, modern look and feel of the wood throughout.

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KitHAUS Tiny Modern Cabins and Backyard Offices

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KitHAUS is a modular prefab housing company based in LA. They make great tiny structures for backyards, campgrounds or to live in full-time.

These can be guest houses, backyards offices, pool houses and more. The company offers six different variations of modules ranging from 100 square feet to 289 square feet.

All units are customizable and very versatile. This means you can connect them together, combine two different modules, and more. So you can get pretty creative.

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Pricing starts at just under $20,000 and goes all the way up to more than $75,000 for the larger units. Learn more here.

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Tiny Geo Pod Cabin

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Placed in a lush green environment the tiny geo pod cabin is perfect structure to relax in, get some reading done, write, or get some work done.

The shape of this space is very inviting and a fun conversation piece for when guest stop by for a visit. And maybe it can even double as a tiny guest house somehow?

I think the geo pod was designed and made to be a simple workspace away from home. But you could really do anything you’d like with it. How would you use the Geo Pod? Would it be your home, guest house, vacation cabin (is it big enough for any of these?), or just a backyard workspace?

Find more photos and info here.

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Luxury Tiny Cabins in Baja, California

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This luxury tiny cabin resort hosts a total of 20 cabins with incredible views of the valley. Each one has a private terrace with a fireplace inside.

I really like the minimalist design and the privacy (and view) that you would have here instead of in a hotel. If only we can use this as some sort of model for a future tiny house living community.

Rates to stay here start at around $185/night in case you’re interested. More info and pics here.

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Small Barn House: Hamra by DinellJohansson

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It’s a two bedroom small house with an island kitchen in the center of the floor plan. I like that. You can see the floor plan here. In addition to the two bedrooms there’s loft space that can also be utilized. It can be another bedroom, guest room, study, or playroom for kids. Notice the staircase to the loft in the photo above. The kitchen looks great. The only downfall for me is that the bathroom and shower is separate from the house but at least it’s nearby. Learn more about this small house and see more photos here.

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Modern Recycled Home Made of Shipping Containers

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Credits for this World Flex Home Shipping Container Modern House

Architects: Arcgency.
Contributors: World Flex Home (WFH), Danish Technological Institute.
Engineering and Sloth Møller Henrik Sørensen.
Photograph: Jens Markus Lindhe and Mads Møller.

“Although built in the city of Wuxi (China), the design of the prototype has been developed in Denmark. World Flex Home is a modular system in which the structure is composed of stacked containers 12 m long and 2.5 m high and 2.5 m wide, approx. This two-story apartment together is just one example of the many versions of home that each customer can customize through an online tool that allows you to define the surface, the height, the interior layout, facades, etc” (source)

Learn more and read the original post here.

Using Recycled Materials to Build Future Homes

I’m always inspired by projects that use old materials like used shipping containers as the base or at least as part of the overall design for a new house, even if it doesn’t end up being very tiny (like this one). For me it’s just interesting to see people use what’s already been manufactured and used to build something new and useful.

How Will You Use Reclaimed Materials to Build Your Future Tiny/Small House?

What ideas and plans do you already have in mind for your future home for using reclaimed materials? Will you build using wood that used to be part of an old barn? Will you use an existing utility trailer as the foundation for your future tiny house?

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The Porter Cottage: A Tiny Modern Cabin with Solitude

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I find this to be the perfect size for comfortable tiny house living with a significant other. It’s just big enough to each enjoy your own space and not have to bump into each other getting to and from everything but still so small that you hardly have to spend any time cleaning or maintaining.

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Tiny Modern Beach House

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Nina Tolstrup designed this tiny modern beach house for her family just an hour away from London. It sits on a small patch near the seashore in a row of around 25 other little beach cottages. The purpose of the structure is to house her family while they vacation when they can get here. It’s a 388 square feet cabin. I think she did a great job with the design. She made the most out of the space for her family by using the lofts and open living area.

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Designed by Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama (Via Small House Bliss)

What do you like best about this little beach house?

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Little Green Cabin: Modern Guest House

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“The guest house was completed in 2012 and provides private space for guests and a remote study for the owner.

The form of the guest house was inspired by an Anselm Kiefer painting. On a lead sheet at the center of the artist’s work, a chalk outline of a cube was drawn with diagonally opposite corners chamfered. Transferred to a small structure the cleaving of the corners offered a unique way of both entering and lighting the interior.

The lower level has a two-story entry space, sleeping niche, laundry, toileting, and shower. A stair leads to an upper level study and sleeping loft.” (Source)

More photos and information available here. Project by SMNG Architects.

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Modern Micro Cabin: Too Small for Full Time Living?

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I know this isn’t very realistic for full time living but I still like to feature micro cabins because it’s always possible for something like this to exist and be used if there are other structures on the property.

How do you feel about that? How could you handle having to walk to another structure for bathing, preparing food and doing laundry?

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Modern Small House by Locus Architecture

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This small house is designed by Locus Architecture and I think they did a great job with it. At least for those of us who like the modern look. It’s usually pretty expensive though.

Interestingly enough the exterior of the house is made from mostly salvaged billboards and translucent poly-carbonate panels.

The design is very unique and the windows really stand out to me especially the huge one on the left, I think it’s cool! Also the one all the way on the top, looks like that would be a cool view from up there.

I don’t know if you noticed but there’s another structure nearby to the right, it looks like they’re pretty much connected. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not but I take it that this is the new addition or guest house. I just think it would make for a great single family small house.

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Modern Vacation Cabin on the Water

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I thought some of you, like me, would enjoy looking at this modern small house.

It’s a vacation spot in a place called Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa. It’s in North Huvadhoo (Gaafu Alifu), Republic of Maldives in the Indian Ocean.

I got to learn about a new place today. It’s a small island where you can easily walk around to different places.

There are reefs for great snorkeling and I hear the food and drinks are all inclusive.

I just thought it was a great structure to share but if you’re interested in staying here you can get more info here. You can also see more photos from travelers who have been there here. It seems very luxurious so I’m sure it’s pricey to go. But seems worth the experience if you have the money.

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