Young family creates compound from vintage Euro-trucks

December 26, 2020 john 29 29775 23:14

When Ludivine inherited rural property after the death of her mother, she decided to make it work for her by renting out the main home for income and building portable tiny homes on wheels to fit her changing family. Her then-husband built the first mobile home on top of a 150-euro farm trailer out of…

The Hive cottage makes extra room expanding beyond tiny surface

August 2, 2020 john 23 24746 13:32

Limited by the city of Austin (Texas) to building on 45% of a lot, architect Nicole Blair leaned the walls out to gain space: the base covers the maximum 320 square feet, but the walls continue up and out to create a total of 565 square feet of living space. Dubbed “the drunk house” by…

Lego-style apartment transforms into infinite spaces

March 17, 2019 john 20 30485454 09:38

When Christian Schallert isn’t cooking, dressing, sleeping or eating, his 24 square meter (258 square feet) apartment looks like an empty cube. To use a piece of furniture, he has to build it. Located in Barcelona’s hip Born district, the tiny apartment is a remodeled pigeon loft. Designed by architect Barbara Appolloni, Christian says the…

Family builds 6 tiny homes for hotel on old Portland parking

September 5, 2017 john 20 19045 21:07

After 7 years living in an RV, Pam and Bruce Westra wanted to continue tiny space exploration in their new hometown of Portland, Oregon. Partnering with fellow RVer, Allison Meyer, the couple began building tiny homes- alongside their son Kevin- to turn an old parking lot into a micro-living hotel. They launched their Tiny Digs…

Adaptive space-saving bed snaps into ceiling when not needed

May 1, 2016 john 0 29443 10:49

At the beginning of the 20th century William Murphy patented an idea of a “disappearing bed” (among others) and the wall bed, pull down bed or fold-down bed was popularized in America. In Europe, the 21st century equivalent is the ceiling bed. In 2004, Parisian designers Décadrages released their version of the hovering bed with…

Treehotel: mirrorcube, nest, UFO treehouses in Arctic forest

January 18, 2016 john 0 7667 31:25

In the far north of Sweden in a very tiny town, Kent and Britta Lindvall – believing that if you build it they will come – built the world’s largest collection of designer treehouses. At their Treehotel you can sleep in the trees, just 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle, but sheltered in a…

Macy Miller builds adaptive small home for family of 4 + dog

January 10, 2016 john 0 5290 18:01

Five years ago Macy Miller was “four years outside a foreclosure”, looking for a place to live with her Great Dane and in need of a hands-on project for her architecture training. Inspired by tiny house stories she began to read online, she set aside a year’s worth of rent payments (about $12,000), bought an…

Sheep wagons as classic campervan: the Airstream of pioneers

October 15, 2015 john 0 5335 20:56

Sheep wagons were once a common mobile home in the American West. These tiny structures (usually 7 to 8 feet wide and about 12 to 16 feet long) were used by sheep herders for months on end as they migrated across grazing land with their flocks. Kim Vader’s family began herding sheep in Idaho in…

Salvaged tiny homestudio: tin can siding, paper bag wallpaper

November 9, 2014 john 186 272289 08:44

On a standard-sized lot in Portland, Oregon, self-taught builders Jeff and Brad built two tiny cottages using mostly salvaged materials. Each home is 364 square feet and with gabled roofs and front porches match the Victorian and Craftsman homes of the neighborhood, until you look closely. Tomato sauce cans from the local pizza shop became…

Tiny home packs storage stairs, 2 lofts, tub in 136 sq ft

November 8, 2014 john 395 941185 14:23

Julie Olson needed a traveling home for her mobile dog training business. With no architecture training, she drew up plans for exactly what she needed and sent them to Jason Dietz of Molecule Tiny Homes. Over a couple of months he built her home to her specifications: a fold-out porch, storage stairs, 2 lofts (1…