Ingenious solutions for a summer residence: 15 impressive small houses
Due to lack of land and its high cost, the idea of the land plots on the Moon or the construction of small, compact, but cozy houses, is now becoming more popular. Perhaps this is not the fulfillment of a “childhood dream” of high class lifestyle in a big house, but such options solve several problems at once. Size doesn’t matter, at least not always!
1. The Swedish guest lodge
These houses were built by settlers in the early 20th century, near Ennis, Montana. The hut at the ranch was renovated and refurbished to a guest house, for visitors and relatives. It is equipped with comfortable and nice furniture, so that guests can stay there for a long time. The house is built from natural materials, found in the surrounding environment and covered with a traditional Scandinavian roof. Guests can retreat from the hot sun or take a nap in one of the wooden chairs on the porch.
Project by Miller Architects.
2. A small house in a former granary Santarelli
House located in the village Tyringham, Massachusetts, is a great place for a honeymoon. Couples longing for romance can enjoy the solitude, beautiful gardens and estates. Large windows provide natural light throughout the day. With an interesting conical roof and beautiful scenery, the house looks fabulous.
3. Prefabricated houses Heijmans ONE
Dutch company «Heijmans ONE» is engaged in the construction of prefabricated small houses. All elements are easy to assemble and disassemble, so the whole process takes one day! Each house is equipped with a kitchen, a large living room and a comfortable bedroom. In addition, there’s a small patio with garden furniture made of rattan in a project. Wooden structures contribute to the conservation of heat and energy.
4. Dome house by Steve
This compact and bright house belongs to Steve Areen, and it cost him 9000 dollars. It is hidden in the bush of mango trees, at the farm in Thailand. Steve designed and built his own house with the help of a friend and his family. During construction, ecological materials were used along with traditional cement blocks and bricks. This accommodation demonstrates how a small house can be bright and interesting.
5. Gina’s little house
Home is where the owner lives! But if the house has wheels and can be easily moved, it’s even better. House of Gina Bramuchchi is built on the platform of an old trailer. This mobile house is completely lined with wood. It is very pleasant inside, with an interesting hint of the second floor, featuring a bedroom – “elegant simplicity”.
6. Little House by Alek.
Alek Lisefski recently completed construction of an ideal house in Sebastopol, California, since she wanted to stay closer to the nature. In the house with ten windows and glass ceiling, the maximum of natural light is guaranteed. It is equipped with solar panels and vintage water system.
7. Little House by Macy Miller
Macy, an architect from Idaho, sold his 800 m2 home and built a weekend space of 60m2. As a base he used an old trailer platform, which cost 11 500$. Everything inside the house is compact, ergonomic and cozy. Some items were even made from previously used materials, for example, siding and a gas stove.
8. Nomad house
Ian Kent built a 9m2 home from ecological materials. The house was very easy to assemble, as any product from IKEA. It is equipped with a kitchen, living room and a bedroom on the second floor. Additionally, there are solar panels, a system for collecting rainwater and bio toilet installed. The price is 25 000 dollars, but this can be considered as a property investment, since the house can be easily moved, and the construction is quite simple. A good choice for people who travel often.
Project by Nomad
Project by APOLLO Architects & Associates
Stylish and glossy house of 90 square meters – the dream of every city dweller. The author of the two-storey building is Satoshi Kurosaki from «Apollo Architects & Associates», Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. The roof and many windows fill the house with light and air.
10. Beach Chalet Studiomama
A small beach house consists of two bedrooms, dining room, living room, kitchen and a bathroom. At the heart of the housing, created by London-based designer Nina Tolstrup, is a steel fireplace. A large house window overlooks the ocean.
Project by Nina Tolstrup
11. Spherical tree house Free Spirit Sphere
Amazing round tree house on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. According to the owners, it will stay open to anyone who decides to stay here. Each of the buildings is characterized by a unique design and consists of a bedroom, kitchen and living room. The owners are planning to build a spherical structure for showering, washing, to complement the complex. Rent for the house for two will cost $ 180.
Project by www.freespiritspheres.com
12. Sculptural office IT-company
A good office is bound not to be dull, but interesting, especially if it is open 7 days a week, so almost became a home to everyone working there. Sylvia and Peter Mertens Pirlings had to be creative and make a project for an area of 2.4 meters wide. They had to find a non-standard solution for the office expansion, upwards. So, on the top floor they put a bedroom and a toilet, meeting room is on the ground floor, on the second floor a kitchen and a living room, and a room for recreation on the third floor. The entire house is illuminated with neon lights, so at night it looks quite extravagant under the red light of Antwerp.
13. Lonely house
In 2007, a Polish company Front Architect designed experimental accommodation for young people, but surprisingly, the house became very popular among people of different age. There are two bedrooms, a bathroom, dining room and a kitchen inside. It is equipped with water tanks, solar panels and batteries.
Project by www.frontarchitects.pl
14. A tent
Why reinventing the wheel? The same occurred to Marcin and Anissa Padlevskih who established their own yurt in Ontario. For a decade, the design team has developed a few dozen portable, light yurts, which are absolutely livable and comfortable. Standard yurt is 5.2 meters in diameter, and it is equipped with three large windows and autonomous dome that can be set manually in 2 hours. The starting price is 6636 dollars.
15. The narrowest house in the world
This house is 1 meter wide and 10 meters high, and it is set in one of the Brazilian towns. The owner and a designer of the house, Helenita, is proud of her creation, she even had to retake it from the local authorities, as the building is not allowed. The house has three floors, but the designer is planning to add another one to obtain the place for sunbathing and barbecues. The house quickly became a tourist attraction, and the owner is pleased with everything it shows. However, narrow houses are becoming more popular among professionals too, for example, the Parisian architectural firm Triptyque.