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?
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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. Read the rest of this entry »
We are loving ARCHTEAM’s work. We don’t know much about them yet b/c we don’t read Czech! We featured their Garden House not long ago and we thought it was time to show off some more of their great modern small house design.
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:
Elizabeth Turnbull was recently accepted to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and instead of spending an estimated $14,000 on renting an apartment, she opted for a more creative approach to housing: she is building her own small home on wheels.
Have you been wondering what type of foundation to put your small house on? Pin Foundations may be the answer. What could be better than a solid, deep foundation that doesn’t require digging holes or pouring concrete? Read the rest of this entry »
We just came across a great blog by Alex Beuachamp named Hygge House. Hygge (hu-gah) is a Danish word that describe a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary everyday things simply extraordinary. Hygge has something to do with why the Danes are the happiest. Check out the CBS interview that backs up this wild claim!
Think cosiness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, fellowship, simpleness and living well – they are often used to describe the idea of Hygge and are why you are reading about it on Small House Style.
Yup, you heard it right: 50 straw bales house plans; about 25 of them are under 1,000 square feet! The site could use a little design work in our opinion. It’s for sale! Any straw bale aficionados out there?