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Small Stilt House Restoration on Puget Sound

Before the development of the freeway system, the main mode of transportation on Puget Sound was a series of privately owned ferries collectively known as the ‘Mosquito Fleet‘. The community of Fragaria was built at this time around a ferry stop that served the farmers and families of Kitsap County in Washington State. Show More Summary

Stopping Energy Leaks in your Small Home

One of the reasons people get into small houses and tiny homes is to have less of an impact and save money. It is estimated that people spend 20% of their income on energy costs. Properly insulating any size home can save big money. Check out this infographic about energy leaks and insulation for information about properly insulating your home. Show More Summary

Small Sustainable Cabin – Ragged Island, Maine

This small, off-grid, sustainable cabin on Ragged Island twenty miles from the coast of Maine was the brainchild of the owner’s architectural designer daughter, Alex Scott Porter, who designed the structure for her retired father, Bruce Porter, former professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The exterior is clad in corrugated steel, with [...]

Smallworks Studios/Laneway Housing Arts & Crafts 750

A laneway house, as I’m sure you’re all aware by now, is a house built on existing lots (typically in the backyard of an existing house) that face onto the back lane or alley. Their popularity rose on the west coast of Canada, particularly in metro Vancouver, but have since spread across North America as [...]

Form & Forest’s Pioneer Prefab Cabin

Canada’s Form & Forest present this unique cabin built on a pristine five-acre lot in the Rockies. Rather than go the traditional route of log homes, Form & Forest wanted to try something a little different. This 360 degree glass design incorporates a shed roof that opens up one side of the structure, allowing in [...]

Small House A/C – The NewAir AC-10000H

We recently received a NewAir AC-10000H Air Conditioner to review from Air and Water, Inc.. Although many people prefer window units to portable air conditioners, people that live in small homes, apartments, etc. or in neighborhoods that restrict window units from being used (mostly for aesthetic reasons) turn to portable air conditioners to cool their [...]

Karo Cabin by Karoleena Homes: Modern, Smart, Green, Efficient

The eco-friendly, small home movement marches on with this offering from Karoleena Homes, the Calgary builder’s first move into prefab and modular housing. Advertised as a holiday home, backyard studio or laneway house, the Karo Cabin will be factory-built and shipped to a site of the client’s choosing anywhere in North America accessible by road. [...]

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company Harbinger Plan On Sale!

The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company is offering another one of their amazing small house plans for sale this month. The Harbinger features a bump-out on the front that can be used as a sitting area or a sleeping area. It is large enough to fit a Queen size bed. There are 2 versions of this [...]

Airstream Sustainability by Hofmann Architecture

Remodeling an Airstream is one of the most sustainable things one can do. I’m an architect. I know, it’s ironic, but I don’t prefer designing a brand new home. Like you (I hope!) it’s our job to take care of the earth by our own behavior. The most unsustainable thing one can do to the [...]

Accessible Small Houses: What is accessible enough?

There are many levels of accessibility in home design, with variations even within the current federal laws that mandate accessibility for public buildings and multi-family housing. Individual homeowners are not usually required by law to make their new small ADU or stand-alone single-family house comply with any accessibility guidelines so what standards you set for [...]

Small House Beds – The Savvy Rest Way

When it comes to an environmentally friendly home one simple thing to consider is: think small. Studies have shown that reducing the size of a house has the biggest benefit when considering your green options. Whether you are thinking of building a small house, already live in one or want to live in one, you [...]

Accessible Small Houses

What reason is so important or so costly that anyone could continue building new homes that are not usable by some members of our society? It seems that all new houses should allow seniors and those with limited abilities to maintain a degree of independence in their home.  Simple, everyday activities such as going through [...]

An Airstream story – Living Large in Small Spaces

The Great Recession has forced millions of Americans to go on a spending diet. Many have lost their homes and have scaled back. But not for everyone. Let’s take a closer look at rightsizing with Matthew Hofman of Hofman Architecture. For Matthew Hofmann, living with less in a smaller space is his choice. He prefers [...]

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Mod.Fab

At first glance, this 600 square foot modern home, designed and built by students at the Taliesin Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, looks like a Transformer unfolding. It inspires the impression the unit must have been transported to the site as a small box, where amidst a cacophony of whirrs, clicks and the shush [...]

Sustainable Cabin at Texas Tech by Urs Peter Flueckiger

Living in a trailer carries with it a certain stigma but this didn’t stop Urs Peter Flueckiger and his students at the College of Architecture, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the College of Engineering at Texas Tech University from requisitioning part of a derelict doublewide and turning it into the prefabricated Sustainable [...]

T-Modulome prefab by nottoscale at Hometta

Founded in 2002 by Peter Strzebniok with a mission to explore the possibilities of prefab modular housing, nottoscale is a collaborative design firm wedded to the idea that prefab homes can be thoughtful, beautiful, sustainable and affordable. nottoscale developed its “Modulome,” a prefab modular home system designed to maximize the flexibility of modular construction while [...]

Small Oregon Coast Garden House by Obie Bowman

At 325 sq ft, this small off-grid building on the Oregon coast serves as a guest house and a writing studio all wrapped up in a single, small green house. Designed by Obie Bowman, a Sonoma County, CA architect, the basic structure and materials were influenced by the main house on the property which was [...]

Jill and Mike’s Tumbleweed Tiny House Company Fencl Variation

A couple of months ago Small House Style readers Jill, Mike and their three kids got in touch with us to share their small house success. They built a variation of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company Fencl. Read their story below and check out the pictures at the end of the post. We live in [...]Show More Summary

Shay Salomon’s Little House on a Small Planet… Reviewed

Shay Salomon’s Little House on a Small Planet is not a book about little house design, as I originally thought; it’s a book about everything you should think about before you design and build. Or — if you already own a house — it’s a way to rethink space, and ultimately decide what you want [...]Show More Summary

Gillingham-Ryan’s Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces… Reviewed

Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan’s Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces got me excited—not only about designing the tiny house that I will build—but also about organizing and decorating apartment that I’m living in right now. Gillingham-Ryan’s optimism about being able to find an affordable, practical, and beautiful solution to any design challenge was contagious. I [...]Show More Summary

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