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Russell Lea Small Studio by Ben Giles Architect

Small House Real Life #1

What and How Big? This is a small self-contained studio dwelling of approximately 60m2 (645 sq. ft.) located in inner-west Sydney designed by Ben Giles. It is a new separate residential dwelling and a single car garage built to the rear of the existing home. It contains a ground floor living / kitchen / dining area. Behind this is a combined bathroom and laundry. Upstairs is a bedroom sleeping loft that is connected to the main living space which provides a sense of spaciousness and volume to this small house. The existing garage and studio on the lot were demolished. A portion of the garden was reclaimed to increase landscaping.

Ben Giles Architect Russel Lea Studio
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Small House for Sale: A Minneapolis Skyway

Looking for a unique small house? Well look no further. CITYDESKSTUDIO Inc. of Minneapolis, home to a unique system of glass “tunnels” located one story above ground, is selling a Minneapolis Skyway Designed by architect Ed Baker, the “father of the skyways,” and built in 1978, previously connected JC Penny’s to Powers department stores above 5th Street in downtown Minneapolis. An architectural icon of the Twin Cities, the skyway was a place of movement, a place of connection, and most importantly, a place of transition.

Minneapolis Skyway
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Tumbleweed Tiny House Company Bodega Plan On Sale!

Only 3 Days Left

We are excited about a new plan from the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, the Bodega, for several reasons:

1. An architect turned Jay’s sketches into a CAD drawing. This plan is ready to go to the builder.
2. They added a roof plan.
3. It will be available as a pdf download – instant gratification!
4. It is available in two sizes – a 261 square foot version and a 356 square feet version with a bedroom addition.
5. Due to popular demand the plans will feature an option for a cathedral ceiling or a full loft.

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company Bodega Small House Plans

Click here to view more details about the 261 square foot Bodega

Click here to view more details about the 356 square foot Bodega with bedroom addition

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company Bodega Small House Plans

The sale price is over 70% off – normally $695.
Now $199. Sale ends March 31.

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Small House Movement in the News

The Small House Movement is in the news again. KXAN recently featured a story about “Tiny houses (that) stress reuse and energy efficiency.” Will recession and foreclosures in the news, even the mainstream media is starting to ask: “what if the homeowners had bought small houses instead?”

Granted, they would have had to make do with less space, but their mortgage payments would have been only a fraction of the owners’ current obligations and they would have saved big on energy costs and taxes, as well. If that realization spreads throughout the marketplace, America could be in for a “small revolution.” So say proponents of the something called the “Small House Movement.”

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Is it time to go down to the basics? Time to have a house that you can live in until the day you die, instead of having to get kicked out because you can’t pay the taxes, can’t afford the energy bill? Brad Kittel, the King of Texas Tiny Houses still says so. And small is definitely beautiful in his world.

If you are living in a Tiny Texas House, please drop us a line. We’d love to feature it in our new Small House Real Life column.

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Calling small house dwellers, builders and designers

Do you remember our recent post about what you want on Small House Style? Well the results are in.

We all enjoy the dream houses that get featured here on Small House Style and other sites around the web but we hear you loud and clear: you want more posts about ‘real life’ small house experiences – small, modern, affordable residential housing like Pedro de la Montaña’s.

Got plans, book reviews, small house space saving ideas (small apartments, small cabins, yurts and others work too)? Are you using gadgets and hacks that can make small space living practical and fun? Are you a designer with a real world small house application? We are looking for submissions on anything small house and design.

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Copy the questions below and send the answers (with any other pertinent info) back to editor (at) with some high resolution images and if it is a fit, we’ll feature your small house experience on Small House Style. Let’s shoot for 1,200 sq. ft. and smaller but if you feel like you have something you must share send it anyway!


What, How Big and How Much?

We look forward to seeing your small house experience here.

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