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Garden House by ARCHTEAM

Weighing in at just over 800 square feet, this 2 level house with an open, loft-like plan is a dream. It is located in the historic city of Kromeriz in the southwest of the Czech Republic (in case you want to go and stare).

ARCHTEAM 1


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Vandeventer + Carlander Architects C3 Cabin Plans

“As the world becomes more complex and demanding of time, energy and money, there is for many a need to reduce and simplify. The C3 cabin was born out of that desire.” Read the rest of Vandeventer + Carlander Architects C3 Cabin Purchase and Sale Agreement.

C3 Plans

The plans for this 352 square foot gem used to go for $2,000 and they have been slashed to $850. Not a bad deal. If you are looking for a small space with abundant natural light and good ventilation – check out the C3.


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David Sarti’s 800 square feet in Seattle

I was on the west coast recently so I decided to see what the Small House scene was like. I came across architect David Sarti’s house in Seattle on Future House Now. It was also featured in a Seattle Times article by Dean Stahl a few years ago. The photos are by Benjamin Benschneider. More Northwest small houses to come…

Sarti House in Seattle at dusk

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Tiny Texas Houses @ Discovery Architectural Antiques, Gonzales, Texas

Discovery Architectural Antiques in Gonzales, Texas is a massive architectural salvage operation that has gone small and sustainable. Imagine 130,000 square feet of anything and everything that can be salvaged from old houses and buildings. So what is so small about that?

JACK PLUNKETT / MCT

JACK PLUNKETT / MCT

Their “new” endeavor, Tiny Texas Houses, are made from all of that architectural salvage. These unique small homes are made of 95% vintage material. But don’t worry… the electrical systems, plumbing, and insulation is new and they are built to modern codes – Tyvek and all. Some would call this the ultimate in green building: they are recycled and they will last for decades not to mention that they are all unique pieces of “House Art” AND are portable – they can be moved when you move.

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Pedro de la Montaña’s small slice of heaven in Costa Rica

One of the improvements you’ve been asking for at Small House Style is more images of “the dirty dishes in the sink.”  Many of the small houses we have written about do not address “real living.” Your concerns are not lost on our ears. That is where Pedro de la Montaña comes in.  With no experience as a builder he carved out a little slice of heaven on top of a mountain in Costa Rica.

Pedro de la Montaña's little slice of heaven


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Penguin House by Yasuhiro Yamashita

Weighing in at under 900 square feet Yasuhiro Yamashita’s Penguin House is truly a work of art on a small lot in Tokyo proving that modern can be minimal. As you can see from the video, the house gives the illusion of spaciousness because the design takes advantage of sunlight via high ceilings and well placed windows.

National Geo featured Yasuhiro Yamashita’s Penguin House not long ago. We’ve been looking to feature more small house video on Small House Style so here goes:


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Arvesund’s small Hermit’s Cabin

The Hermit’s Cabin is a collaboration between designer Mats Theselius and Arvesund, a progressive Swedish design company. Don’t plan on sharing one – it is designed for one but… you can do it winter, spring, summer and fall. Think retreat and stillness. The cabin now comes in 2 sizes (you guessed it – large and small at 86 sq ft and 107 sq ft respectively.) Originally it was covered with boards from old North Sweden barns – but you can customize them to your hearts content. Since 2001 Arvesund has been shipping the Hermit’s Cabin all over the world.

Arvesund's Hermit's Cabin


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Tumbleweed’s biggest house yet: the B-53… AND it’s still small!

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company: B-53

For those of you thinking that the small house movement is just too small, the B-53 (743/837 sq ft) was recently added to the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company website and is currently their largest home. Choose two or three bedrooms, the plans are available online. This is a stationary house, not one of their tiny homes on a trailer. Also, it is not a modular or prefab, someone has to build it at an estimated $150 to $200 per square foot.

Save $200 when you purchase the plans before Dec. 24, 2008. Originally $695… get them for $495 (navigate to “plans” when you get to the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company site.) Don’t miss the comments.

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CNN Video: Small spaces for Japan’s Net Room Refugees

We are not quite sure what to think of Japan’s “net rooms.” They are small (the size of a closet,) short-term rooms to live in while job searching that are quickly becoming a booming business in Japan. A Tokyo real estate developer saw a new need to provide Japan’s “underemployed” with an address to put on a job application. Occupancy is nearly 100% every single day. Apparently almost one-third of Japans workforce is part-time or temporary which the low unemployment rate conceals.