The tiny house craze continues to grow, and with it comes a variety of different styles an purposes. You see, not everyone wants to build a tiny house to live in. Sometimes they have other plans, like wanting a private writing studio/office, or as we see here, a mini-speakeasy to share some drinks with friends. Folks in the UK have been modifying their backyard sheds for years, and each year Readersheds UK holds a contest for the best new construction. These are a few of the past winners.
Ask anyone who works from home what one of their biggest challenges is, and you’ll probably hear the need for a dedicated place to work with minimal distraction. Working from your house sounds great. You have the freedom to do whatever – including dishes, laundry, walk the dog, or catching up on a tv show, all of which can seriously limit your productivity.
Several companies offer backyard “shedquarters” which provide a perfect space for your office, artist workshop, writing studio or whatever else you need some privacy for. Sure, it might extend your commute from nothing to a short walk through the backyard garden, but it seems worth it.
This Australian company created a modern backyard space, and the “Cooba” model is shown here. The contemporary space goes the distance in terms of style. http://inoutside.com.au/
2. Sett Studio
Another lovely modern design comes courtesy of Settstudio, an Austin, Texas based company.
3. Modern Spaces
Aptly described as “forts for grown-ups!” these fully installed sheds with finished exteriors start at $6,000. Currently only California residents can get the on-site installation though. http://www.modernspacesandsheds.com/
4. Modern Cabana
This San Francisco company offers sheds in a variety of configurations such as the 10×12 foot studio seen here. It features a sliding glass door and floor to ceiling windows.
Designed by David Ballinger, this prefab model ships in a flat pack and costs $6,000-10,000. While it looks like the simplest design here, it actually incorporates insulated SIP panels, cedar beams, and plenty of eco-friendly design touches. Plus you can easily customize with your own finishes. http://www.metroshed.com/
6. Modern Shed
A husband and wife team started this modern shed company in Seattle, offering flat-pack prefab structures like this basic 8×10 foot shed priced at $6,900. http://www.modern-shed.com/
7. Studio Shed
These sheds are both affordable and stylish, priced from $3500 for the smallest model. http://www.studio-shed.com/
This Austin, TX based company produces some very nice prefab structures, including the Basic Shed and the Modern Studio, both of which are built to very high quality standards. http://kangaroomsystems.com/
This Canadian based company produces sheds in a variety of styles, from modern to traditional with a base cost of $5300. http://www.summerwood.com/
Looking for something a bit different? Consider the G-Pod, which looks like something George Jetson would have designed. Prices start at $14,995. http://g-pod.com/
Another gorgeous prefab option described as the “anything you want pod” comes from this company, but prices are higher than most others, starting at $30k. http://kithaus.com/
Wow. A wrap around deck with picket fencing. A kitchen island – I repeat, a freakin’ kitchen island!! This is just gorgeous, and feels much more spacious than 399sf.
Welcome to the Acacia, the fifth home built by French/Canadian company Minimaliste. This home features some seriously eye-catching design elements, and borrows a lot of “big home” feel for such a small space.
There’s a 4-burner stove, a couch that converts to a bed, fold down dining/work table, and much more!
Images © Tiny Heirloom
As the downsizing trend expands and more people take to living in tiny or small homes, the need for smart organization and versatility in these spaces becomes more evident. Figuring out ways to make an object work two shifts becomes an important part of the design. PKMN Architecture’s “All I Own House” demonstrates an interesting solution that involves walls that move in order to increase the usability of a small space.
Yolanda R. Pila inherited her grandmother’s rather small single story home, and reached out to PKMN for some help. The result was a project that “materializes the interior of a house through its inhabitant personal belongings.” – or in layman’s terms, a house that moves as needed.
The design isn’t very complicated, and involves a single main space with a kitchen and bathroom on either side. The walls now move, and contain certain helpful integrations like a folding murphy bed and a prep table that pops out. There’s also a blackboard Pila can use during meetings when working at home.
It seems like tiny house design really pushes the limits lately, from the incredible Alpha to the eccentric designs by Zyl Vardos. Every inch has to be thoughtfully crafted, and this “Kasita” design is no different.
Images © Kasita // via Flipboard and Business Insider
Designed, built, and currently on sale by Greenleaf Tiny Homes of Eugene, Oregon, this model called the Kootenay Urban Tiny House is 240 sqaure feet and exactly what you didn’t know you needed in you life – until now. Maybe you thought living in a tiny space wouldn’t work. Well, just take a look at this gorgeous example and maybe you’ll have a change of heart!
The front exterior view of your future mobile tiny home. The front door is built into the side of the home to allow for a fold-down cedar deck and front steps.
The siding of the home is sikkins-finished oak and powder-coated steel. The back door, leading into the bathroom. can be replaced with a wall, window, or sink.
The throne of your tiny castle. Not pictured is the stainless steel shower with a removable ipe wood floor, convenient for cleaning.
The front nook area and front entryway into the home.
A view of the front nook area from the kitchen. This kitchen includes a full-size fridge, gas stove top, and a washer and dryer combo, but is designed to be versatile enough to handle more appliances!
Did we mention that there were also floating shelves in this kitchen?
Wow, appearances are deceiving! This kitchen sure knows how to conceal its storage space!
A view of the downstairs living area and a glimpse of the bedroom loft. The flooring is engineered oak downstairs, and cork upstairs. The windows are double-paned.
The bedroom loft provides the foolproof vantage point for meditation and home surveillance.
The most luxurious and spacious bedroom loft that anyone could ask for.
Tiny houses have gone mainstream, and with the increasing number of builds we’re seeing all sorts of creative ideas when it comes to making the most out of a small space. This modern style tiny home from Australia is just the latest example, and what makes it stand out is the creative use of a bed that raises or lowers to make extra space.
Aside from the clean modern design, this tiny house also features a detachable porch which further adds to the visual appeal and makes for a great little spot to hang out.
Images © TinyHouseCompany.com.au
Jeff Hobbs, ex-boat and cabinet-maker, founded his newest venture, Room to Move, in anticipation that the tiny house movement would continue its momentum and to introduce the movement to the people of New Zealand. In this project for his client, Briar Hale, the craftsmanship, attention to detail, and meticulous planning that Jeff puts into his work is showcased flawlessly in the end result of this home. This tiny home was built in the spirit of sustainability, from the solar panels to the salvaged native wood used for construction material. New Zealand should be proud to host these futuristic, sustainable homes!
The roof hosts a 600-watt solar panel and rainwater collection system, contributing to the home’s sustainability.
Among other clever space-saving features, this L-shaped sofa conceals a double bed. The wood stove is another sustainable feature responsible for providing the home with hot water.
The kitchen in all of its glory: kauri bench tops, hand-crafted ceramic sink, gas stove, and a 130-liter solar fridge.
The cavernous bedroom loft with a skylight for sleepless nights of stargazing.