Showing posts with label Small house architects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Small house architects. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Finnish Kosketus (Touch)

Here is an example of the architecture from Puuwoodholzbois.
Fabric umbrella entrance.
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Creative wood exterior.
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Bright interior.
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Grooming area NOT inside a bathroom.
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We sail at nightfall.
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See more here.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

200 sq ft small home in Oregon built by hand

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:

Friday, November 22, 2013

Mizuishi Architect Atelier

Three people live in this 29 sq meter home in Tokyo designed by Mizuishi Architects Atelier.

Utilizing this small space, it is hard to believe what is on the inside.

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Outside, the three slabs of concrete combined with one roll of sod creates a useful space to read, grill or enjoy the rain under the overhang.
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The location is close to the city, a walking/bike trail, and the provides a view of the river.
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Every inch is calculated and well used ... just look both ways.
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Inside is lofty, bright, and surpassingly spacious.
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30 drawers are allowed for the essentials.
Green plants create the natural spa decor.
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The no-fuss kitchen has all the basics and maybe even two freezer drawers.
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My favorite view below with extended seating and storage underneath.
Computer, television screen and books ... it all fits.
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 Well lit loft for the day and portal at night to gaze at the stars.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Nir Pearlson wins best small home of 2013

In January I wrote a post on Nir Pearlson.

The post includes beautiful inside shots of the home.
This video includes the owners and their vision:

The variety of materials and unique yellow-green siding compliment the stone walkway:
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The fireplace looks beautiful on the video as it is roaring in this 800 sq foot home.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ana Williamson Architect

Love the unique work coming from Ana Williamson Architects.
Accent colors, a lit garage, interesting angles and a no maintenance lawn. 
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Love the simplicity in landscaping around the tree and off-center cements pavers.
White stuco mixed with wood...ahhhh so interesting.
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Nice overhang and a bathtub with a view. 
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Bright white kitchen with focus on the center island.
Lots of fresh flowers and only two bowls on the shelf...great balance.
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This backyard brings me back to one of my first posts when my son's solution to my blog header dream house was to have the kitchen table outside of the house. He was totally right.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mell Lawrence Architects

I was struck with all the award winning small projects of Mell Lawrence Architects.
My favorite is.... Mod Cot on the Lake.
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 Multiple solar panels collects enough energy for it's basic uses.
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 The decor has a mix of industrial steel against warm wood paneling.
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Every cabin should include a bathtub.
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See more work here.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Grid architects

I love the angles in this blueprint for the Ridge house by Grid Architects.
Lots of outdoor areas that double as private areas.
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Nice mix of container metal and wood siding.
Where is the front door?
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I would replace the cement floors with wood.
Love how the doors open out to the deck.

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Perfect view with a simple ceiling fan and striped down patio furniture.
I would add a swinging rope chair or two for long sunsets.
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Finally a design meant for cold climates and natural landscaping.
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Nice angles on the roof and simple fireplace flute.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Olson Kundig Architects

Jim Olson excels in combining nature with shelter.
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Using swatches of wood and stone, the structure does not interrupt the landscape.
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Walls/windows open up to let the outside in.
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 The fireplace is the focal point.
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I have another blog post about Olson Kundig see here.  

Friday, August 2, 2013

Wikihouse

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.
 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

TKP Architects

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.


Find more photos from TKP Architects here.