In the previous blog post, we talked about one of the largest homes in America. This week we’re going to the other end of the spectrum and focusing on the essential – less is more! Scroll down and take a look at some of the smallest houses you can build in the world.
1) ONE+ by Add A Room
The ONE+ minihouse is a modular small house concept from Scandinavia, a cooporation between Denmark and Sweden, choosing high quality materials from both countries. The concept is based on 15 and 20 sq meter modules.
The various ONE+ modules can be linked together in different ways to create a variety of designs and meeting different needs, kind of lego building blocks for adults. Delivered in one piece, ready to use, the ONE+ includes a deck and pergola as well as posibilities to connect to other outdoor facilities such as outdoor kitchen and outdoor shower, all to make the houses feel bigger and erasing the lines between out- and-indoor. Quite simply, compact smart living!
2) Tumbleweed Tiny House Company
The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company was started by Jay Shafer. Sicne 1997, Jay has been living in a house smaller than some people’s closets. He called the first of his little hand built houses ‘Tumbleweed.’ His decision to inhabit just 89 square feet arose from concerns he had about the impact a larger house would have on the environment, and because he did not want to maintain a lot of unused or unusable space. His house has met all his domestic needs without demanding much in return, and since completing Tumbleweed, he has continued to make little buildings.
How each house gets used depends on the occupant’s particular needs. What one person would enjoy as a quiet studio in their backyard, another couple might choose to inhabit as a full-time residence. What some people see as the perfect weekend hideaway in the country, others will use as a beautiful free-standing addition to their existing home for accommodating an elderly parent, an adult child, guests, or as office space. His houses have been composed with meticulous attention to light, warmth, energy efficiency, and proportion. He has made the most of each cozy interior by minimizing transitional areas like hallways and stairwells and by using otherwise unusable space as storage. The simple, formal designs that have resulted are the best way he has found to order most any space and make it beautiful.
Take a look at this video tour of Jay’s Tumbleweed home!
3) weeHouse by Alchemy
Alchemy has a distinctive hands-on approach to architecture and design, and utilizes recycling and reuse along with building strategies that reduce waste in the construction of their weeHouses. They bring smart design to modern houses using sustainable principles like building smaller and efficiently to offsest prevalent overbuilding practices.
Prefab weeHouses are typically 10 – 15% less expensive than conventional construction. They include design fees, leverage factory efficiencies, take advantage of cost-effective ‘green’ specs, and incur shorter financing periods. You can choose from a weeHouse standard model, or customize your own weeHouse design to suit your specific needs. WeeHouses are factory built, airtight construction homes. There are many benefits to building indoors, such as: controlled conditions; always perfect weather, less material damage, easier material access, less moisture infiltration; better sealant adhesion, and less waste due to precision cuts and access to state-of-the-art tools. The fact that these homes are built off-site means: local labour and material sources; less time and material waste and fewer trips to the job site; centralized communication. WeeHouses bring ‘Big House’ feel to a smaller package by judicious use of floor-to-ceiling glass, open kitchens, reduced circulation space, and built-in cabinetry.
If you want to go extremely green, you can choose the weeZero model, which is designed to create as much energy as it consumes!
4) Micro Compact Home [m-ch]
The [m-ch] is a lightweight compact dwelling for one or two people. Its compact dimensions of 2.6m cubed adapt it to a variety of sites and circumstances, and its functioning spaces of sleeping, working / dining, cooking and hygiene make it suitable for everyday use. Informed by aviation and automotive design and manufactured at the micro compact home production centre in Austria, the [m-ch] can be delivered throughout Europe with project individual graphics and interior finishes. The product was first launched in Munich in November 2005 with the development of a case study village sponsored by O2 Germany, which is currently occupied by students of TU Munich. A team of researchers and designers based in London and at the Technical University in Munich developed the [m-ch] as an answer to an increasing demand for short stay living for students, business people, sports and leisure use and for weekenders.
5) Twelve3 (Twelve Cubed)
Based on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Twelve3 hopes to change your thinking about the way you live and the way we all view our communities, with the use of their cubes.
Cubes are micro houses that can be set up in conjunction with a primary household on an existing residential lot. These are sometimes called Carriage Houses. These Cubes can also be used as guesthouses or rentals that serve as revenue generators, or alternatively as studios for all types of creative work. With over 1700 cubic feet of space – enough for two people to live in comfortably – Twelve3’s Cube features a general living area, a kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom, and plenty of natural light. All of the windows and doors are double pane, and the interior is finished with pre-finished birch and one priming coat of paint. The foundation is poured concrete, however an alternate options of the client’s choosing can be considered, depending on the location of your home, whether a rural location in the woods or a floating house boat. The Cubes are always built with care and attention to detail as well as with the use of environmentally respobsible materials and methods.