Brian Schulz blends his talent of building kayaks with his architecture skills, to create this small 200 sq ft home. " My challenge is to make a small space feel big," he says.
Brian milled trees he found on his land to create this organic wood siding.
The central living space is low to the ground for a more open feel providing multiple uses for eating and additional sleeping. The table is sawed from the bottom of a tree, lightly sanded and oiled. Brian describes the little window as odd and not making any sense, yet it highlight the corner.
He used an entire log for the staircase support.
A kayak frame is hung from the ceiling. "I love living with things that tell stories" says Brain.
Outside the house is a planter that has the pipe from the kitchen water drain.
Other than not having a bathroom it is a wonderful and original. Brian's final thoughts in the video, "spending time in a small space infects you, and once you go back to the standard 2000 sq foot home, it won't feel right." See the entire video here:
Alastair Parvin has the vision of creating architecture that is for the people, and built by the people. This open source construction/building site is called Wikihouse. The Wikihouse site lays out ten principles for designers. My favorites are, a structure should be built without power tools and two, one should consider components that could easily be dismantled. Alastair referred to the open source blueprints as a "big IKEA kit".
The points he makes during this TED talk were really refreshing when talking about architecture and ideas for building in the future.
1). Don't build (come up with a resourceful solution)
2). Go small (you had me at hello)
3). Go amateur (do it yourself)
One of the rules is to never design a piece that you can't lift up yourself.
Now that is an idea worth spreading.
This mountain cottage from TKP Architects reminds me of a hobbit house.
Look at that gentle curving entrance beam.
How nice to have timeless furniture made of rock.
The focus of the inside must always be the fireplace. Always.
Looks like they replaced the traditional kitchen table for two comfortable leather chairs...good choice.
Hidden lights showcase a few treasures...surprise.
I call the side near the fireplace..my feet are always cold.
That ladder looks cool for the kids to climb into the loft.
Look what awaits....
Circular windows, slanted sinks, open storage for towels...detail, details details.