Via dwell | hat tip to the tiny project

In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy [400 sq ft] home of their own by redefining the functionality of walls and windowsills.

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.”
— E.F. Shumacher (hat tip to The Wosho Project)

Michael Douglas just finished his second tiny house.

His first build was created from a pop-up camper which he used to travel North America this past year. His new tiny house, is larger than the pop-up camper/tiny house hybrid & reminds me of a miniature version of the Leaf tiny house. Follow his adventures: @northtothefuture on Instagram.

via futurohouse.net

The Futuro House was designed in 1968 by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen. It was commissioned as a “holiday house” or vacation home. Because it would be used in a mountainside setting, the structure needed to be easy to transport to the site, low maintenance and shed snow easily. The final design of the Futuro House met all those criteria. It’s just over 26 feet in diameter and came completely equipped with custom furnishings…

Mark Burton | Custom Built in Surrey
4m x 6m, composting toilet, 2 upper bed areas with dormer windows 8 weeks to build and it lives in Esher, Surrey, UK
hat tip to Tiny House Swoon

Kam Kasravi and Connie Dewitt wanted a modern cabin that wouldn’t disrupt the Redwoods on their property. First they considered prefabs, but quickly realized they wouldn’t fit up the narrow road to their land in the Santa Cruz mountains. So they convinced their friend, architect David Fenster, to design them a home made from shipping containers.Built from recycled cargo containers hand-picked from the Port of Oakland, Six Oaks was built around the footprint of the land. The containers were building blocks that were cut and stacked to fit between Redwoods along a steep grade.While the home was assembled in 6 hours, it took nearly a year to finish the interior since so much of it was custom. The unique materials meant some unique requirements: instead of carpenters, they used welders; a commercial roofer had to be hired, etc.Acoording to Connie, it wasn’t “the cheapest way to build”, but It cost about $50 per square foot less than a more conventional custom home.They didn’t aim to build an extreme home, but the couple feel confident their home will hold up well under extreme conditions- i.e. falling trees, forest fires. David Fenster | MODULUS architects via Kirsten Dirksen | more

Kam Kasravi and Connie Dewitt wanted a modern cabin that wouldn’t disrupt the Redwoods on their property. First they considered prefabs, but quickly realized they wouldn’t fit up the narrow road to their land in the Santa Cruz mountains. So they convinced their friend, architect David Fenster, to design them a home made from shipping containers.

Built from recycled cargo containers hand-picked from the Port of Oakland, Six Oaks was built around the footprint of the land. The containers were building blocks that were cut and stacked to fit between Redwoods along a steep grade.

While the home was assembled in 6 hours, it took nearly a year to finish the interior since so much of it was custom. The unique materials meant some unique requirements: instead of carpenters, they used welders; a commercial roofer had to be hired, etc.

Acoording to Connie, it wasn’t “the cheapest way to build”, but It cost about $50 per square foot less than a more conventional custom home.

They didn’t aim to build an extreme home, but the couple feel confident their home will hold up well under extreme conditions- i.e. falling trees, forest fires.

David Fenster | MODULUS architects

via Kirsten Dirksen | more

HIP House | Jeffrey White

HIP stands for humble, insulated and portable.

Sarah House Utah is a non profit community based organization started at Crossroads Urban Center. Our goal is to provide fast, green minded, safe, and affordable homes for the under-served.

Sarah House | Jeffrey White

672 sq ft container home features an elegant and inviting front porch area in an effort to reintroduce the communal space into the the dwelling’s current urban landscape.

Sarah House Utah is a non profit community based organization started at Crossroads Urban Center. Our goal is to provide fast, green minded, safe, and affordable homes for the under-served. 

submission by Jeffery White | related viewing via Kirsten Dirksen

Rolf and Mari von Walthousen are a young couple who want to tread lightly on the land. They built a tiny cabin in the woods of a northern Michigan town named Cedar.

Their 200-square-foot house has no electricity or running water. The town health department and zoning officials said their home is too small and deemed it uninhabitable.

Listen to their story: Here & Now Contributors Network, Emily Fox of Michigan Radio reports on the von Walthousen’s struggles.