273 Square Foot Tiny Apartment for a Family

This 273ft2/22m2 apartment in Warsaw is home for a small family, and although space is scarce the apartment doesn’t feel cramped.  Storage and bed is combined in a big box and there is easy access to the loftbed (even for a dog) because there’s a proper staircase leading up to the bed. In the staircase are built-in drawers.” – Living in a shoebox

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Tiny Grain Bin Homes

Grain bins can be reinforced and insulated in various ways with typical wood framing, straw bales or even an additional grain bin inserted into a larger bin. The area between the two bins is then insulated. You can learn more about how to build a grain bin home from this article from Mother Earth News. The Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Missouri documented their renovation of a grain bin into a small duplex and even some homes have been built for the people of Haiti from brand new Sukup grain bins from Iowa.” – Cozy Home Plans

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Some Favorite Space Saving Ideas

I’m always on the lookout for those space saving solutions that will making tiny living that much more enjoyable. After my first tiny house experience I ultimately realized that the biggest error in the design was lack of storage space. My next living space will definitely have better thought out arrangements especially around clothing storage and kitchen/entertainment space.  First, and most important criteria in my book, is that everything does double duty!” – Andrea

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Andrew Interviews Tiny House Filmmakers

With TINY still winning over audiences and being featured at film festivals around the world the cineplex is once again being invaded by tiny houses. Small is Beautiful will be a feature-length documentary film exploring the tiny house movement. The movement runs much deeper than architectural trends and design aesthetic. The stories being uncovered reveal an organic response to the societal constraints keeping people from fulfilling their life’s potential…” – Andrew

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Ryan asks…Should Tiny Houses Have Bathrooms?

One area of my tiny house that I have come to think about a lot is the bathroom.  Now of course you need a bathroom, a place to use the restroom, a place to shower, etc.  It can range from in your tiny house flush toilet or composting, to an “outhouse” style with a properly designed system or even a flush toilet;  But I am beginning to wonder if a bathroom should be outside the tiny home.” – Ryan

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Waterfront Cabanas in Portugal

Named Cabanas no Rio, which translates as cabins on the river, the two rustic structures offer a rural retreat for a pair of inhabitants.

One hut contains a living area, with a simple counter that can be used for preparing food, while the other accommodates a bedroom with a small toilet and sheltered outdoor shower.

Architects Aires Mateus used recycled wooden panels to build the walls, floors, roof and fittings of the two structures, leaving the material exposed both inside and out.” – Dezeen

Photography is by Nelson Garrido.

Marfa House

This is an interesting house that almost looks like a container home, but in actuality it is just a metal sheathed house.  While I’m not usually a fan of the rusted metal look, in the setting/landscape of this place, it suits it quite well.  …Continues