The past couple of decades have seen a gradual trend towards more conscious living. It’s a simple concept where people choose to downsize their living spaces for reasons such as a smaller environmental impact, and cheaper cost of living. With the value of property rising everyday, moving in to a tiny house is now a serious consideration for many people, and these 5 examples prove that you can design an amazing small home with everything you need…
This tiny house has been built in a lush forest environment by MW Works. The exterior is cladded with oxidized black cedar and blackened cement infill panels. Paint in light shades and soft pine plywood give the interior a warm charm. The concept of the house is to be a modern cabin, and it definitely fits that description. It feels like a wood cabin for grown ups, with red wine by the fire at night. Days can be spent on the large patio which stretches out to the tree canopy, with trails below leading to the water.
Photography by Andrew Pogue.FIND OUT MORE: MW WORKS
Marketed as somewhere between a holiday house and a permanent residence, Muji Hut designed by Muji follows previous tiny house designs by the minimalist retailer. The charred black Japanese wood hut measures nine square metres inside, with a three metre covered patio. A small window at the back lets in natural light and ventilation, while larger sliding doors give you access to the patio. Inside, the interior has been left simple, ready to add your own stamp. The floor is covered in mortar, and the walls are made from cypress plywood. The design of this tiny house is one of the nicest out there, and it doesn’t lack any of the detail of a standard build. It’s made to blend in to a variety of surroundings, from the beach to the forest.FIND OUT MORE: MUJI
Micro House by Elizabeth Hermann feels spacious despite its size. Each of the rooms in the house have been positioned to capture different views of a green mountain peak nearby. Because they all have a unique outlook, they feel like individual spaces.
Local maple floors, custom plywood cabinetry and white concrete benches keep the interior fresh and clean. The house is wrapped in grey cedar to mimic the colours of its location. A small section has been cut out to create an entry porch, which then gives intimate angles inside. Transitional spaces are important to avoid feeling like a cardboard box, and more like a regular home.
Photography by Jim Westphalen.FIND OUT MORE: ELIZABETH HERMANN
Slim Fit in the Netherlands has a frame that took only two days build. The design by Ana Rocha was created around a growing group of singles, looking to live in central locations sustainably, without taking up a lot of space.
The downstairs has a compact kitchen and dining area, where the architect saved money by using standard fixtures and fittings as opposed to custom. The first floor has a living area with views over a nearby park and the top floor can fit a bed with a built-in wardrobe and small bathroom. The Ayous wood facade and dark trims give it a modern edge, and the many large windows add a touch of luxury.
Photography by Christiane Wirth.FIND OUT MORE: ANA ROCHA
Featuring a bed, kitchenette and bathroom, OOD House in Estonia by OOD was conceived by two brothers who couldn’t find somewhere small, yet beautiful to stay on hiking trips. The home is clad in mirrored glass, helping it blend in with its surroundings, and project some amazing views. OOD House takes less than eight hours to build, and is made of steel, insulated glass and wood.
Photography by Maris Tomba and Anton Toomere.FIND OUT MORE: OOD