Old barn becomes young architect’s budget, elegant home-studio

September 9, 2019 john 20 64630 17:16

Alfredo Vanotti wanted to recover the old barn his grandfather had built 100 years ago in his village’s now-abandoned town center. Working on a tight budget and mostly his, and his father’s, labor, he began to turn the former cow stable and hay loft into a modern classic home for himself and his daughter, and…

One Man’s Dream Tiny House You Have To See

August 4, 2019 john 20 185579 21:40

This dream tiny house is one that you have to see. This amazing small home is a unique combination of industrial and whimsical styles and is largely made from reclaimed and recycled materials, resulting in an incredibly spacious and luxurious home. Even more incredible is the story of this home’s construction and its builder. The…

Bunkie prefab cabin uses joinery & assembly of furniture design

July 22, 2019 john 21 4806 16:39

Furniture designer Evan Bare wanted to create a cabin that could be built like a piece of furniture. Architectural designer Nathan Buhler had a design for a “bunkie” (the name for a small sleeping cabin in part of Ontario, Canada) that was radical in its use of all glass for two of the walls. Bare…

A custom van to make the case for seasonal West Coast nomadism

July 3, 2019 john 21 18756 24:40

Eric Kennedy was tired of paying San Francisco rent and he wanted to travel more, so he bought a 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter van and converted it into his new mobile home. The loan payments (over 5 years) were half of what he had been paying in rent and since his job as a software developer…

Swedish-inspired backyard cottage works as secluded oasis home

May 20, 2019 john 20 66335 21:16

Su Pang loves travel and traditional Swedish cottages. In 2013, she had a little-used 5000-square-foot backyard subject to relaxed building codes, so she began designing a Scandinavian-inspired cottage that would give her the freedom to live mortgage-free. Working around decades-old redwood and walnut trees, Su and her architect built an L-shaped 500-square-foot home (700-sq-ft, including…

Can a family of 5 find home where they park their campervan?

April 15, 2019 john 20 27631 41:05

When Dan and Marlene started traveling with their Tab teardrop trailer they never expected it to become a full-time lifestyle for their now family of five. They began life on the road after their first child was born when they put their California home up for rent and bought an Airstream. https://malimish.com/ Once the children…

Small prefab tests space-era rotating rooms: sleep-cook-bath

March 29, 2019 john 21 123593 16:42

To make a small home more efficient, designer Luigi Colani put a 6-round-meter cylinder in the living room so with a press of a button the kitchen, bath or bedroom will rotate into view ready for use. Using flexible plumbing and electrical, the home can rotate 270 degrees in each direction to reveal any of…

Thoreauvian simple living: unelectrified, timeless tiny home

March 18, 2019 john 22 1434619 06:46

Seven years ago Diana and Michael Lorence moved to a 12-foot-square home without electricity in the coastal mountains of Northern California.  They’re not back-to-the-land types- they’re not growing their own food, nor raising animals-, but, like Thoreau, they were looking for a place where they could get away from the noise of society and focus…

Lego-style apartment transforms into infinite spaces

March 17, 2019 john 20 30485335 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…

Mortgage-free, tiny home on a housekeeper’s salary

March 16, 2019 john 20 1342607 10:41

Johnny Sanphillippo has never made more than $20,000 per year (he works as a housekeeper, as well as, a gardener and house painter), but he knew like “any other American” that he wanted to own his own home. When he talked to bankers about qualifying for a home loan, “they look at you and their…