Desert Shelter by Victor Sidy

This is one of the structures designed & built by residents at Taliesin West.

Live/ Work Shelter in the Arizona Desert. New steel and polycarbonate structure is superimposed upon the ‘artifact’ of concrete and stone, creating a dialouge between historic and contemporary forms. A grassy lawn cantilevers over a dry wash, further intensifying the contrast between the Natural and transient human intervention.” – Victor Sidy

See more of this Desert Shelter (1999) on Victor Sidy’s website.

A Small Stone Cabin

A set of French doors takes you from the porch into the small cabin. At one end is the full bathroom with its barn-style sliding door. At the other end is the kitchen, flanked by a pair of closets. The remainder of the 350 ft2 (32.5 m2) space is a combined sleeping and living room.” – Small House Bliss

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Scottish Blackhouse

The blackhouse is built on clay where the base stones of the wall stand on pebbles to prevent movement. The thick insulated walls of the home are built from two layers of dry stone with an infill of peat topped off with a layer of clay to prevent water getting in to the wall and then capped with turf which absorbs any excess water.” – Natural Homes

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Weekend Stone Pavilion

Small house thought as a compact block, respecting the architecture of the area and the enviorment. The façade is built as the retaining walls of the agricultural lands in this area. ARCHITECTS: Borja García, Jorge Cortés, Sergio García-Gasco. COLLABORATORS: Inma Lifante. PHOTOGRAPHY: Borja García, Sergio García-Gasco. LOCATION: Fleix (Vall de Laguar), Alicante.” – Europaconcorsi.

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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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Emerald Moss House – Inspiring Tiny House Sculpture by Sally Smith

Now to the details of this house… this one is one of the larger sculptures that I’ve built. I had found this patch of moss clinging to a cliff area and it begged for a house to be built here, so I did!

It took me 4 days just to collect all the stones and bring them to the site… there were no stones at all in this area so they all were gathered from a stream bed that was about a half a mile away. The house took many more days to build. The window circle alone took me a whole day. The porch “roof” is a lovely fungus I found on a fallen log on the trail in.”

Read more about this sculpture at Greenspirit Arts…

We’d love to see ideas like this, because they can inspire folks to build tiny homes from natural materials in natural spaces.