Guest post by Jane Blanchard
Architecture and home design seem to have a cyclical nature, moving from expansive properties to tiny ones over several decades. Who needs 2,000 square feet that requires endless cleaning? Tiny homes are becoming the green alternative to apartment or condominium living. You can still have a gorgeous, detached home without a huge layout. It may be hard to believe but there ARE ways to make make the most out of the space in these tiny houses. Let’s take a look at some of the world’s top architect creations to inspire your next home purchase.
The Basic Cottage
At a little over 300 square feet, this Ross Chapin Architects designed cottage looks deceptively large. It has all of the basics, including a complete bathroom, though it lacks a full kitchen. Do not worry there because this home has ample outdoor space for a fire pit or barbecue. Those trees beckon property owners to enjoy the outdoors, so there is no reason why you should not add an outdoor cooking space. Ample storage and a comfortable bedroom complete this adorable space perfect for singles or couples.
Taking Mobile Living to the Next Level
Contemporary mini-home dreams come true with this mobile tiny home. You could certainly drop it off at any property to make it a permanent fixture, but why not enjoy different areas by moving it around periodically? Enjoy the kitchen galley, dry shower and a hidden loft for getting some shuteye. The cedar accents create a gorgeous scent throughout the home as you look out on nature’s treasures.
Let the Light In
With less than 700 square feet, this space seems like a challenging place to live for a family, but the huge window spanning the front side makes all of the difference. It essentially pulls light into the space, connecting the home with the outdoors. The window accent gives the home a wide sense of space. Enjoy the living space on the first floor while venturing to the loft for the expansive sleeping area. It even has separate “rooms” upstairs so children and adults can have some privacy.
Half Outside, Half Inside
This tiny home looks like a shoe box with that is missing half of it’s walls. Atkinson Architecture created a home with an indoor living space as big as the porch. This design brings nature indoors with the open patio and ample windows in the front and back areas. This home can really give you the chance to further connect yourself with nature.
Going Ultra Tiny
Some might say that living within a space of 81 square feet is not possible, but this architect made the spacing work beautifully. If you can believe it, there are dining and living room spaces along with an office area. A kitchen and a toilet are also included. Eliminating unnecessary and extra space may lead to more appreciation of where you live. Although each space is incredibly confined, a single owner would have everything necessary for normal living routines.
What do you think after viewing all of these tiny houses? Does bigger always mean better? Or is there truth to the saying less is more?
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