My Favorite Small Homes

By Ron | A roundup of small homes, huts, cottages, retreats and houseboats in beautiful places as featured in international architectural and design magazines.

This Minimalist Hawaiian 'Outside House' Embraces Nature By Ripping Away Its Walls

When you move to a place because of its natural beauty, do you really want to shut it out with four walls and a roof? One native Hawaiian didn’t …

Design

Boshut - Foto's

Prefab ‘cocoon’ concept designed for extreme glampers

That’s right—extreme glampers<p>We love a lavish nature experience as much as the next person. But there’s glamping and then there’s importing your own luxury prefab structure into the middle of a harsh salt-flat landscape.<p>Designed by French architect and civil engineer Christophe Benichou, the …

Design

Vipp offers its sleek prefabs as vacation rentals now

Meet Vipp Hotel<p>Planning a fall getaway? Prefab company Vipp is betting you are—and is hoping that the wanderlust-filled will drop their cash on a night or two at a prefab hotel.<p>Danish company Vipp recently announced Vipp Hotel, which, for now, includes a single-unit “micro” prefab home in a Swedish …

Copenhagen

You can pack up this home & take it with you!

The future of homes is upon us and it isn’t a smart home. It’s a prefab home. Short for prefabricated, these homes come as livable units ready to be …

Prefab Homes

Photo 10 of 21 in A Tiny Cabin is This Writer's Off the Grid Getaway - Dwell

The screen porch serves as an auxiliary dining area and extends past the house to capture views and cross breezes.

Cabins

DD16 / BIO-architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> DD16 is a prototype of a modular compact house that was made for installation in remote places and …

This Small Contemporary Cabin Sits Beside A Lake In Texas

Un.Box Studio have designed a small 480 square foot cabin sits next to a lake just outside of Austin, Texas.<p>The cabin sits on a piece of land that’s …

Zelfvoorzienende Recreatiewoning

9 kleine und günstige Häuser für das ganz große Wohnglück

Es muss nicht die überdimensionierte Villa oder das XXL-Einfamilienhaus sein. Momentan geht der Trend sogar eher in die andere Richtung, hin zum …

Manshausen Seacabins

Located on a 55 acre island in the middle of the Grøtøya strait in Norway, these Manshausen Seacabins provide modern accommodations in a rugged …

flying architecture presents HiLoft, a fully transportable high-quality room

<b>flying architecture presents HiLoft, a fully transportable high-quality room</b><br>(above) the ‘HiLoft’ offers lots of different possibilites of usage<br>image …

Interior Design

Arkiboat Houseboats

Sydney Australia – Drew Heath Architects<p>While the design and build may take place in Sydney, there is no doubt these are very mobile homes! …

Sydney

Floatwing Houseboat

A company in Portugal called "Friday”, have presented the Floatwing, a prefabricated floating houseboat that can be made to order and delivered …

Laives Mountain Retreat

Overlooking Italy's Adige Valley, the Laives Mountain Retreat uses minimalist design to highlight its expansive views. The home is braced by an old …

Cabins

A robot can print this $32,000 house in as little as 8 hours — take a look inside

Building a house by hand can be both time-consuming and expensive. Numerous homebuilders have chosen to automate part of the construction (i.e., by printing the home's parts) instead.<p>A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called PassivDom uses a 3D printing robot that can print parts for tiny houses. …

Housing

Architect’s cabin offers amazing mountain views from every room

Built primarily with repurposed materials<p>Talk about views: This cabin built of repurposed materials offers the most jaw-dropping vistas of Norwegian mountains and lakes.<p>Designed and built by architect Jon Danielsen Aarhus, the pine-clad cabin in Ustaoset, Norway, was built on the same plot of land …

Cabins

The Junsei House / Suyama Peterson Deguchi

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Designed for a couple interested in simplifying their lives and learning to live with less, The Junsei …

Design

Lake Austin Cabin Modern Home in Austin, Texas on Dwell

This previously undeveloped 5 acre lot, nicknamed ‘the Narrows’ had been a gathering place for the family since the 1970’s. The beautiful Cyprus tree lined Lake Austin waterfront oasis lies just a few miles outside of downtown. The owners insisted on a simple, humble, yet unique cabin to host their …

Cabins

This Prefab Cabin Was Built in 10 Days for Only $80,000

The cabin is in Russia, but the builder is now accepting pre-orders in the U.S.<p>Nestled in the woods of Kazan, a city in southwest Russia, sits a 1,184-square-foot DublDom, one of several DublDom modular prefab homes designed by the Moscow-based architect firm, Bio Architects.<p>What makes the DublDom …

Cabins

Pergola Pavilion / PAR Arquitectos

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> An isolated and open construction, next to an existing swimming pool, was ordered at the end of the …

Design

ASA-D2: A Modular, Freestanding Outdoor Kitchen

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens recently partnered with global countertop and architectural surface brand Cosentino on ASA-D2, a modern, freestanding …

This Island Retreat Practically Embodies Simple, Rugged Scandinavian Design - Dwell

Located on the outer Stockholm archipelago, tall pines give the forested site an untouched character. The house is placed in a clearing with a high position in the landscape, on a plateau facing the sea in the north.<p>The property has been in the family for a long time with a couple of small …

Cabins

Coastal Cabin Under the Northern Lights

Located along the coast of Norway, <b>Asante Architecture & Design</b> created this custom home to blend into its surroundings. The client, a chef, wanted a …

Transportable, Modular Create Remote House in Chile

Modular housing units are gaining more and more popularity, and for good reason. They’re easy to transport, inexpensive, and make for amazing homes.</b> …

Design

Transforming pond retreat fits everything you need into one box

The stunningly simple dwelling conceals fold-out components that can turn it into a yoga studio, office, and more<p>What do you design for a client who wants a space for everything? That was the question Aussie firm Branch Studio Architects faced confronted for one of their latest commissions, a …

Houses

Out of the Valley offers escapism with off-grid cabin made of oak and cedar

British firm Out of the Valley has developed an oak-framed cabin with burnt-cedar cladding that can be installed anywhere to provide a simple place …

Library Cabin

Tucked away in the woods of Upstate New York, the Library Cabin gives book lovers a whole house to enjoy their latest find. Serving as both a …

Micro Cabin

At just a mere 98 square feet, the Micro Cabin can stand on its own in the dense Ontario forest. The cozy retreat operates completely off-grid, …

Cabins