Writing Studio by Dencity Design

It was designed by Dencity Design to be a writing studio and to give family members an easily accessible but tranquil retreat from the clamor of daily life. The 450 ft2 (41.8 m2) space includes a sitting area, an office workspace and a small library. Although not a house, we think the design would be perfect for a tiny dwelling.” – Small House Bliss

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320 Square Foot Canadian Chalet

Aside from the compact bathroom, the 320 ft2 (29.7 m2) cabin essentially consists of one open room with only a short partition setting off the sleeping area. The three-piece bathroom, a closet and the kitchen are lined up along the back wall.” – Small House Bliss

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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

False Bay Writer’s Cabin

With 10′ tall glass walls on three sides, the main room is as immersed in the natural environment as a conditioned indoor space can be. The writer only has to look up to watch passing wildlife and enjoy unimpeded views of the surrounding landscape. The fourth wall has bookshelves on one side and a concealed Murphy bed on the other, with a doorway in between leading into the service area. On the left is a compact galley kitchen with a fridge and several feet of counterspace, while to the right is the bathroom with shower.” – Small House Bliss

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Above: The house closed up securely.

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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Sarah House, An Affordable Green Container Home

His design uses two 8′ by 40′ containers placed side-by-side. A small wood-framed entry at the front bumps the floor plan up to 672 ft2 (62.4 m2). A roof supported by glulam beams was built on top to form wide overhangs, a covered entry porch in front and a larger porch or carport to the side. That allowed the metal container ceiling to be left exposed on the inside. The walls, however, were insulated and finished on the interior so the durable container walls could function as the exterior siding.” – 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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Island House Now Available as a Prefab

With the immense popularity of the Island House in numerous publications and websites, 2by4-architects decided to develop a prefabricated version based upon it. The prefab house has the same gabled shape and (mostly) glazed end walls, however it does not have the folding wall. That was made possible by the structural steel frame of the Island House, but the prefab version uses a different structural system.” – 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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A Matched Pair of Cozy Stone Cottages

Defining the border between Devon and Cornwall, the River Tamar flows through lands that were once part of a vast estate owned by the Duke of Bedford. Perched above the river are two near-identical cottages built in the mid-19th century to house families of workers employed by the estate. Though both were completely derelict when purchased by the current owners, they saw the potential to use the cottages for vacation rentals. Local craftsmen rebuilt the original stone walls, installed new slate roofs, and created modern living spaces inside. The reborn cottages were named Little Gillyflower and Little Otterling.” – Small House Bliss

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