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A New 704 SF House in Portland, OR

Photo via the NY Times / Aaron Leitz

Articles on the topic of small-space living has become almost commonplace in the mainstream news lately. I’m still not sure if it’s indicative of a real trend, or if it’s an enticing enough subject that whenever someone comes out and builds a novel, small house under 1,000 s.f., it’s worthy of a feature.

Tiny Houses in Idaho and Elsewhere

Tiny House in Idaho designed and constructed by Macy Miller. Photo courtesy of Inhabitat.

NPR had a feature on architect Macy Miller and her 200-s.f. house last week. Although neither the concept nor execution is new, it’s always good to see examples of well built, livable houses in the mainstream media. In this particular house I really like the use of salvaged wood from shipping pallets for the siding, […]

Gap House by Pitman Tozer Architects

The Gap House in London, UK. All photos of this house courtesy of Nick Kane.

The Gap House (2007) has been around for several years now, but is one of the first projects that got me excited about small-lot and infill housing.

“The Skinny” – A 12-Foot-Wide House in Seattle

“The Skinny” – A 12-Foot-Wide House in Seattle

I hesitate to call this a small house, because it hides 1400 S.F of floor area behind its svelte, 12-ft wide profile. However, context is everything, and the 2-bedroom home sits in a part of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle, where the average house is more than twice its size. Developed on a subdivided […]

100-SF Student Housing Prototype by Tengbom

Tengbom's 100-sf student house. All photos in this post  are by Bertil Herzberg and courtesy of Tengbom.

There’s a new, all-wood prototype for student housing on display at the Virserum Art Museum by the Swedish firm Tengbom  (self-proclaimed as the country’s oldest architecture firm). According to the firm, the project is the result of a collaboration between students at the University of Lund, Martinsons, a wood manufacturer, and A.F. Bostäder, a real estate […]

Small House in Kobe by Fujiwaramuro

Small House in Kobe by Fujiwaramuro

  I love finding houses in obscure, tight or difficult spaces. There’s something satisfying about squeezing every bit of space into something productive, whether in the name of necessity, density, efficiency, or ridiculously high land values. As this house is in urban Japan, I’d guess the latter is the main motivation for building a house on […]