Posts Tagged ‘Urban’

Cool Little Tumbleweed Cottage | 600 Sq. Ft. | Could You Live In This?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Taken from the Tumbleweed Blog:

Take a tour of this adorable 600 square foot home in Little Rock, customized from Tumbleweed Whidbey plans.

Video courtesy of P. Allen Smith Garden Home

They might have the smallest house on the block, but one thing’s for sure: Lyndsey and Tom’s tiny cottage packs a lot of punch! As you float through the entrance, prepare yourself to be enthralled by a plethora of eclectic decor. From the vibrant couch pillows to the cozy lofted workspace, these tiny housers have created a feast for the eyes in this lovable little shelter.

Notice how the white paneling elongates the room, while a clever use of storage gives the couple’s home a wide open feel. “Little House in Little Rock” is colorful, quirky, and classy all at the same time. As Lyndsey describes her house in detail, with materials partly coming from salvaged resources, it’s obvious that this tiny houser has a special connection with her abode. A bond that only few home owners will ever know. That’s truly the spirit of tiny living!

The house glows as sunlight beams through a multitude of windows and skylights. Storage was a priority for the couple, and the house has no shortage of cubbies and shelves. But the space that really steals the show, is the couple’s gorgeous open kitchen.

At Tumbleweed we’re always amazed at what “build-it-yourselfers” can do with our plans.

Our homes come in two categories:

  1. Our “House To Go” is on wheels and range from 117 to 172 square feet. 
  2. Our “Cottages” (shown here) are built on foundations and range from 261 to 884 square feet

After seeing Lyndsey and Tom’s customizations, we felt inspired! One of our Whidbey layouts now reflects their idea of an open kitchen, which we absolutely adore!

While the average home is triple its size, “Little House in Little Rock ” perhaps has the bigger heart. Thanks to Lyndsey and Tom for inviting us into their charming home and for inspiring us with their tremendous creativity.

Van x Year | Mathew Arthur | Living in 45 Square Feet

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

van × year from Office Supply on Vimeo.

Really interesting project and story and wanted to share + note.

Office Supply is Mathew Arthur – a designer living and working in Vancouver, Canada. Office Supply is a freelance practice (often in collaboration with other freelancers) along the lines of print design, web/mobile development and dimensional/3d design.

He wanted to spend a year living in his Van.  Living with less.

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Own Less, Live More: 700 Sq. Ft. Small House of Freedom | Tiny Living

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

KLand sent me this article. Just wanted to share. The link to the full article is at the bottom.

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When it comes to small houses planning and design really counts.

This couple began creating ideas for their future “perfect” home early in their marriage.

They wanted a home that was big enough for just the two of them (and their dogs).

This way they’d have more time and money for their personal interests.

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See more of Lily Copenagle and Jamie Kennel’s small house below. They’re the couple behind this 700 sq. ft. house of freedom.

 

And the home is environmentally friendly, too. They use a rainwater system to reuse water and hydrate their plants. They also have a 550-gallon rain barrel on the property.

Cleaning is a breeze since you can plug the vacuum in at one spot and reach the entire house from there.

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It’s a one room design with a curtain for privacy to enclose the bedroom when desired. The home was completed in 2012 with costs of about $135,000 to build (including labor and materials).

A Rais wood stove that swivels is what keeps the place warm.

They were also able to include an office area for the both of them.

Along with book shelves throughout to store their collection of literature.

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Another one of their smart design moves was putting the washer and dryer in their clothes closet so that doing laundry is quick, easy and painless.

Genius, I say.

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If you head out back on the property you’ll also notice two storage sheds with living roofs.

One of the sheds is like a workshop with tools, bench and garden supplies while the other holds their recreational stuff like their kayak and other outdoor gear.

And yes, they actually have the spare time to use this stuff thanks to their less demanding home.

“There’s so much personal freedom in going smaller,” says Mr. Kennel in the article at the NY Times.

Read the original article here.

See more by taking a complete photo tour of their 700 sq. ft. home here (click on View Slide Show when you get there).

 

City Cottage | 150 sq ft

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

 

A 150 square feet family home in a nature preserve in Helsinki, Findland.

Credit: Tiny House Swoon

Inspiring | Lego Apartments + Storage Container Houses

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Above: This is the first video that inspired me. It would be incredible to have a small space like this along a beautiful lake. 24 square meters inside the apartment above.

Below is some other inspiring videos and I just find it interesting to see how people change the way the look at things and the space we think we need and all the items we fill our lives with.

I find these videos inspiring and makes me wonder what it would be like to think different and live different.