463 Square Foot Simple Home for a Retired Couple

The small house has 43 m2 (463 ft2) of inside space on the ground floor, plus a small loft. There is also a large porch that almost doubles the size of the house. The porch at the entry end is followed by two main living rooms in a row, and then the tiny kitchen and the bathroom at the far end. The loft, accessed by ladder, is used as a study.” – Small House Bliss

A Studio Home with a Stepped Floor Plan

Drawers and storage bins built into the floor provide enough storage to keep the 35 m2 (377 ft2) studio free of clutter. The kitchen cabinets are tucked under the bedroom level with the concrete countertop only being revealed when a section of the bedroom floor is flipped up to act as the backsplash.” – Small House Bliss

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Beth’s Small Cottage in California

Beth’s small cottage is surrounded by lush gardens in the hills of Sausalito, California. Built sometime in the 1930′s, the tiny cottage has just 365 ft2 (33.9 m2), smaller than most two-car garages. Yet, it doesn’t seem that small. While the kitchen is indeed cramped, the rest of the house appears quite comfortable.” – Small House Bliss

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595 Square Foot Small Home in Horinouchi

This small house with a triangular floor plan sits on a narrow sliver of lot wedged between a road and a river channel in west Tokyo. Designing the house for a couple and their young daughter, MIZUISHI Architect Atelier maximized the interior space by pushing the walls and roof to the limits of the permitted building envelope. Still, the house has only 55.2 m2 (595 ft2) of floor space over two floors, plus a mezzanine loft. The interior appears larger than that though, thanks to sightlines that extend the length of the house and spaces that borrow from adjacent spaces.” – Small House Bliss

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440 Square Foot Desert Retreat by Alchemy Architects

This 440 ft2 (40.9 m2) weeHouse has just two rooms, an all-in-one living space and a bathroom. The living space has a bed placed in the middle of the room with a kitchenette and dining area at one end and a small sitting area at the other end. Custom cabinetry and wood finishes dress up the room. The surprisingly large and luxurious bathroom has both a shower and a bathtub. A separate shed houses the laundry machines and hot water tank.” – SmallHouseBliss

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Turkish Stone Cottage

The walls are made out of a two-layered construction of stone and bricks. This results in a 60 cm thick wall, thus helping regulate the heat inside the house. It allows the house to stay cool in summers, and preserves the heat inside during winters. The roof is carried by a simple wooden truss construction. This allows the space underneath to be used as a sleeping space. The front porch was designed as the main outdoor space, shaded with grape vines. The side terrace was shaped after the existing trees, proving a larger outdoor surface.” – Small House Bliss

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Casa Cúbica, a tiny container home

Cúbica is a company in Costa Rica that specializes in alternative construction based on repurposed shipping containers. They have built housing, commercial and institutional projects from cast-off containers. Cúbica cites lower cost, short delivery times, earthquake resistance and low maintenance” – Small House Bliss

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The Box by Ralph Erskine

“The Box” is a tiny house in the woods hand-built by architect Ralph Erskine. He would later go on to design influential buildings in Sweden, England and Canada. In 1941 though, he was a young unknown English architect who had traveled to Sweden to work with architects he admired.

The finished house had roughly 20 m2(215 ft2) of space divided into two rooms by a large masonry fireplace. On one side was the kitchen with a wood burning stove, and on the other was a living room that also functioned as the bedroom and as Erskine’s architectural office.”

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Danchi Hutch by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architects

Danchi Hutch is a basic box of a house, humble and inexpensive but with a very functional layout. It has a carriage house design, with a small upper floor living area over a garage space below.” …Continues

Hamra – A Barn Inspired Home

Hamra is a vacation home on the island of Gotland in Sweden. The owners had initially wanted to convert a barn into a summer house. When no suitable barn could be found, architects Dinell Johansson instead designed them a barn-like home. …Continues