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9 Examples Of Tiny Homes That Make Living Small Look Comfortable

9 Examples Of Tiny Homes That Make Living Small Look Comfortable

Tiny homes are an alternative way of living small. With a variety of designs and shapes, each of them is unique in their own way and include a variety of features that make the small living spaces very efficient.

Let’s take a look at 9 different tiny home designs…

1. A Tiny House Designed For A Mother And Daughter

Shaye of Shayes Tiny Homes, along with her team, has designed and built a modern tiny house for herself and her young daughter, that features two lofted bedrooms, an add-on spare room, and an interior green wall.

Shaye of Shayes Tiny Homes, along with her team, has designed and built a modern tiny house for herself and her young daughter, that features two lofted bedrooms, an add-on spare room, and an interior green wall.

To learn more about her small home, Bryce, the host of Living Big In A Tiny House, visited Shaye in Auckland, New Zealand, to take a tour of her home.

2. An Off-The-Grid Tiny House Made From A Small Shipping Container

Design studio Pin-Up Houses has designed a tiny house that measures in at just 20ft x 8ft and is made from a small shipping container.

Design studio Pin-Up Houses has designed a tiny house that measures in at just 20ft x 8ft and is made from a small shipping container.

To find out more, you can watch the following video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=/wyaAgVmrCGA

Photographer: Jakub Zdechovan | Design: Pin-Up Houses | Team: Joshua Woodsman (Vojt?ch Valda)- main architect and worker, Václav Valda- carpenter

3. A Tiny House Designed With A Cedar Exterior And Multiple Levels For Living

New Frontier Tiny Homes have designed the Orchid Tiny House, which has a contemporary gable farmhouse design, different interior levels, and two sleeping areas. Find out more here.

A tiny house with a contemporary gable farmhouse design, different interior levels, and two sleeping areas.

4. A Tiny House With Cypress Pine Cladding And A Pull-Out Outdoor Daybed

This tiny house in Australia designed by architect Paul Sofronov of Archemy, measures in at just 19 feet x 7 feet, and has a simple modern design that’s covered in cypress pine cladding. There’s also a deck that has a daybed that slides out from within the tiny house.

This tiny house in Australia designed by architect Paul Sofronov of Archemy, measures in at just 19 feet x 7 feet, and has a simple modern design that’s covered in cypress pine cladding. There's also a deck that has a daybed that slides out from within the tiny house.

The architect gave Johanna Griggs of Great Home Ideas a tour of the tiny home, among others that he’s designed.

5. A Tiny House With A 10 Foot High Ceiling

Wheelhaus has designed the RoadHaus Wedge RV, which measures in at 250 square feet (23sqm) and includes an outdoor deck, a 10 foot high ceiling, oversized doors, and plenty of windows. Find out more here.

Wheelhaus has designed the RoadHaus Wedge RV, which measures in at 250 square feet (23sqm) and includes an outdoor deck, a 10 foot high ceiling, oversized doors, and plenty of windows.
Photography by Krafty Photos

6. A Tiny House Uses Clever Design To Maximize The Interior

This contemporary tiny home by Minim Micro Homes includes design elements like a hidden bed, movable furniture, a music studio, and a movie projector. Find out more here.

This contemporary tiny home by Minim Micro Homes includes design elements like a hidden bed, movable furniture, a music studio, and a movie projector.
Photography © Paul Burk/Minim Micro Homes

7. A Tiny House With A Modern Interior, Solar Panels, And Rainwater Collection System.

This handcrafted tiny house in New Zealand, has been designed to be off-the-grid, with solar panels and a rainwater collection system. There’s also black metal and wood siding with a small covered deck, and a modern interior with lofted bedroom.

This handcrafted tiny house in New Zealand, has been designed to be off-the-grid, with solar panels and a rainwater collection system. There's also black metal and wood siding with a small covered deck, and a modern interior with lofted bedroom.

To truly understand the layout of the tiny house and all the included features, watch the video below for a walk-through tour with Mark, the owner, and Bryce, the host of Living Big In A Tiny House.

8. A Tiny House With A Unique Curved Design

A unique tiny house in Antigua, a city in the central highlands of Guatemala, has a corrugated metal exterior with a white finish, and an open bedroom, a bathroom, kitchen, and a small living area with a couch that doubles as a bed.

A unique tiny house in Antigua, a city in the central highlands of Guatemala, has a corrugated metal exterior with a white finish, and an open bedroom, a bathroom, kitchen, and a small living area with a couch that doubles as a bed.

Watch the video below as Kaylee from Youtube channel The Nomadic Movement takes a tour.

9. Not Only One Tiny Home, But An Entire Community In Oregon

Jesse Russell, owner and creator of Hiatus Homes, has designed a purpose-built village with 22 tiny homes, located in Bend, Oregon. Each tiny house features solar panels, storage for bikes and outdoor gear, a small pergola, an open plan living room and kitchen, and multiple loft areas.

Jesse Russell, owner and creator of Hiatus Homes, has designed a purpose-built village with 22 tiny homes, located in Bend, Oregon. Each tiny house features solar panels, storage for bikes and outdoor gear, a small pergola, an open plan living room and kitchen, and multiple loft areas.

To learn more about the ‘Hiatus’ development, YouTube channel Tiny House Expedition stopped by for a tour.

Colorful Terrazzo Floors Add A Playful Character To This Home’s Interior

Colorful Terrazzo Floors Add A Playful Character To This Home’s Interior

Marie-Josée Dupont and Olivier Blouin of architecture and design firm Dupont Blouin have recently completed the renovation of a triplex in Montreal, Canada, that involved turning the interior into a single-family home.

A unique design element found in the new interior is the colorful terrazzo slab that adorns all the floors brings a joyful and playful character to the space.

A modern living room with terrazzo tile floors, and a custom wood and metal bookshelf.

The terrazzo flooring can be found in a variety of rooms, like the kitchen, dining room, living room, master bedroom, and master bathroom.

A modern interior with colorful terrazzo tile floors.

The different colors in the flooring complement the different materials of the interior, magnifying each of the chosen materials, from the copper baseboards to the walnut walls.

A modern interior with colorful terrazzo tile floors.

Let’s take a look at the other design elements in the home…

Connecting the various levels of the home is a central module clad in walnut that houses the staircase and a small powder room.

Connecting the various levels of this modern home is a central module clad in walnut that houses the staircase and a small powder room.

The powder room features smoked glass, copper faucets, Italian pedestal washbasin, and terracotta ceramics reminiscent of upholstered leather to create a chic appearance.

This modern powder room features smoked glass, copper faucets, Italian pedestal washbasin, and terracotta ceramics reminiscent of upholstered leather create a chic appearance.
This modern powder room features smoked glass, copper faucets, Italian pedestal washbasin, and terracotta ceramics reminiscent of upholstered leather create a chic appearance.

The U-shaped kitchen has an elegantly curved countertop with matching upper shelves that are open for easy access. During the day, the kitchen is bathed in natural light thanks to the skylight above the kitchen and the large bay windows nearby. At night, curtains can be drawn to create a space that takes on the appearance of a speakeasy.

This modern U-shaped kitchen has a terrazzo tile floor, and an elegantly curved countertop with matching upper shelves that are open for easy access.
This modern U-shaped kitchen has a terrazzo tile floor, and an elegantly curved countertop with matching upper shelves that are open for easy access.
This modern U-shaped kitchen has a terrazzo tile floor, and an elegantly curved countertop with matching upper shelves that are open for easy access.
This modern U-shaped kitchen has a terrazzo tile floor, and an elegantly curved countertop with matching upper shelves that are open for easy access.

The dining room, which is located by the kitchen, has three pendant lights hanging above a wood dining table that’s surrounded by matching wood chairs with black seats.

A modern dining room with a terrazzo tile floor.

The living room receives plenty of natural light, while a custom wood and metal shelving unit covers the entire wall and expands through to a secondary seating area with a colorful rug and record player.

This modern living room with a terrazzo tiled floor, receives plenty of natural light, while a custom wood and metal shelving unit covers the entire wall and expands through to a secondary seating area with a colorful rug and record player.
This modern living room with a terrazzo tiled floor, receives plenty of natural light, while a custom wood and metal shelving unit covers the entire wall and expands through to a secondary seating area with a colorful rug and record player.

In the master bedroom, the furnishings have been kept minimal, however, a glass door opens to a private courtyard with a fun and colorful mural by artist Marc-Olivier Lamothe.

Terrazzo tile floors flow through to this modern master bedroom, that features minimal furnishings and a glass door that opens to a private courtyard with fun and colorful mural
A modern and private courtyard with a fun and colorful mural by artist Marc-Olivier Lamothe.
A modern and private courtyard with a fun and colorful mural by artist Marc-Olivier Lamothe.

In the master bathroom, the Verde Saint-Denis marble countertop, emerald green sinks, and warm natural felt walls also harmonize with the terrazzo flooring.

In this modern master bathroom, the Verde Saint-Denis marble countertop, emerald green sinks, and warm natural felt walls also harmonize with the terrazzo flooring.
In this modern master bedroom bathroom, the shower features simple white tiles and a colorful terrazzo floor.
In this modern master bedroom bathroom, the shower features simple white tiles and a colorful terrazzo floor.

The home also has a basement with a combined TV room and playroom, and a kid’s bedroom. Each of which features colors that tie back into the terrazzo flooring of the other levels.

A modern basement with a combined TV room and playroom.
A modern kid's bedroom with a blush-pink and natural palette, and a watercolor wall mural.
Photographer: Olivier Blouin | Architecture firm: Dupont Blouin | Architects/designer: Marie-Josée Dupont and Olivier Blouin | Audio and video: Quebec son | Kitchen consultant: Atelier Jakob | Mill Worker: Frank Minerva

Built-In Planters Add Privacy And Greenery To This Home’s Exterior

Built-In Planters Add Privacy And Greenery To This Home’s Exterior

SPNG Architects has designed a home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for clients who love nature, trees, and animals.

To incorporate the natural elements into the design of the house, planters have been added to the exterior.

Planters have been added to the facade of this modern house, incorporating a  natural element into the concrete exterior.

Directly facing the west sunlight, the facade has an installation of a potted plant system that covers different sections of the home.

Planters have been added to the facade of this modern house, incorporating a  natural element into the concrete exterior.

Each rectangular planter is connected to supports that line the planters up and create a checkerboard pattern.

Planters have been added to the facade of this modern house, incorporating a  natural element into the concrete exterior.

The underneath of each planter has holes that allow for the water to drain onto the planter below it.

Planters have been added to the facade of this modern house, incorporating a  natural element into the concrete exterior.

Apart from adding plants to the street, the planters also offer privacy for the interior spaces, while still allowing the light to travel through.

Planters have been added to the facade of this modern house, incorporating a  natural element into the concrete exterior.
Planters have been added to the facade of this modern house, incorporating a  natural element into the concrete exterior.

Here’s a diagram that shows how the planters were designed by the architects.

A modern plant system that adorns the facade of a home.

Let’s take a look at some of the other areas of the house…

The ground floor has a large sliding glass door that opens to a work area with a large wood table.

A co-working space on the ground floor of a home.
A co-working space on the ground floor of a home.

Steel stairs with a black finish connect the various levels of the home.

Modern black steel stairs.

The first floor is dedicated to the bedroom, that has views of the planters.

A minimalist bedroom with a view of built-in planters.

The stairs continue up into the home and passes by a shelf filled with painted plants.

A modern home with black steel stairs.
A modern home with black steel stairs and glass walls.

The second floor is home to the dining room, living room, and kitchen, all of which enjoy a balcony, where even more plants can be found.

The second floor of this home includes the dining room, living room, and kitchen, all of which enjoy a balcony, where even more plants can be found.

At the top of stairs there’s an art studio with simple white walls and space for creating.

At the top of stairs in this modern home, there's an art studio with simple white walls and space for creating.
At the top of stairs in this modern home, there's an art studio with simple white walls and space for creating.

Looking back towards the stairs, and there’s a wall accented by small square glass block windows.

A wall with a grid of small glass block windows.
A wall with a grid of small glass block windows.

Here’s a diagram that shows the layout of the home.

A four storey home with built-in planters on the facade.
Photography by Hiroyuki Oki | Architecture Firm: SPNG Architects | Lead Architects: Tran Ngoc Thach | Design Team: Tran Ngoc Thach, Nguyen Trung Thanh | Contractor: Phu Thinh Hoang company

These Tiny Homes Embrace Modern Design By Using Corrugated Metal And Wood Siding

These Tiny Homes Embrace Modern Design By Using Corrugated Metal And Wood Siding

Kevin and Trish from Out The Bay have designed and built two small and modern tiny homes in Cape Foulwind on the West Coast of New Zealand.

Overlooking the nearby surf beach, the two tiny homes, which are designed to provide retirement income for Kevin and Trish, share the same lot of land, however, both have their own unique design.

A pair of modern tiny homes with corrugated metal and wood siding.

The first home, named ‘Rua‘, has a modern design with an angled roof and corrugated metal siding.

A modern tiny home with corrugated metal siding and a wood deck.

A small wood deck with a sun shade provides space relax outdoors.

A modern tiny home with corrugated metal siding and a wood deck.

Inside, the tiny home has a small kitchen, a bathroom, a lofted living room, and an open sleeping area.

This modern tiny home has a small kitchen, a bathroom, a lofted living room, and an open sleeping area.

The lofted living room has been positioned to take advantage of the water views that can be seen through the large picture window.

The lofted living room of this modern tiny house has been positioned to take advantage of the water views that can be seen through the large picture window.

Underneath the living room is the sleeping area, which includes a roll-out bed that makes it easy to change the bedding.

A modern tiny home with an open bedroom that includes a roll-out bed that makes it easier to change the bedding.

The second tiny home, named ‘Tahi‘, has a similar exterior material palette as ‘Rua’, that being wood and corrugated metal.

A small and modern home with dark corrugated metal and wood siding.

At the front of the tiny home, there’s a small patio with a fire pit that looks out onto the yard.

A small and modern home with dark corrugated metal and wood siding.

Inside, the design is open plan, with the bedroom, dining area, and kitchen all sharing the same space. At the rear of the tiny home, there’s an outdoor dining area that’s accessed via a sliding glass door.

Stepping inside, and the design of this modern tiny home is open plan, with the bedroom, dining area, and kitchen all sharing the same space.

The black and white kitchen makes it easy to cook a meal, while above the kitchen and accessed via a ladder, is a lofted seating area.

The black and white kitchen makes it easy to cook a meal in this modern tiny home, while above the kitchen and accessed via a ladder, is a lofted seating area.

The bathroom is located behind the kitchen and includes large format gray tiles, wood accents, and a walk-in shower.

A small bathroom includes large format gray tiles, wood accents, and a walk-in shower.

To learn more about this pair of tiny homes, Bryce, the host of Living Big In A Tiny House, stopped by for a tour which you can watch in the video below.

Three Homes With Green Roofs Blend Into This Hillside In Greece

Three Homes With Green Roofs Blend Into This Hillside In Greece

A2 Architects has designed a trio of modern homes that have been built into the hillside of Assini, Greece, with a view of the sea.

A trio of modern houses built into the hillside have multiple green roofs to help it blend in.

Each of the three homes combines both above ground and underground buildings, respecting the natural topography with their integration into their surroundings.

A trio of modern houses built into the hillside have multiple green roofs to help it blend in.

Rooftops and patios filled with a variety of plants help to blend the homes into the hillside, while the existing olive trees complete the natural scenery.

A modern house built into the hillside has a green roof to help it blend in.
A modern house built into the hillside has a terrace with a pool.

Breaking up the hillside, planted roofs, and homes, are the terraces with swimming pools, stairs, and shaded outdoor spaces.

A modern house built into the hillside has a terrace with a pool.
A modern house built into the hillside has a terrace with a pool.

The interior of the homes are contemporary in their design, with high ceilings, minimalist furniture, open living spaces, and all white bedrooms.

A modern open plan living room and kitchen with a pitched ceiling and doors that open to a terrace.
A modern white living room with concrete floors and wood accents.
A modern white bedroom with built-in shelves and closets.
Photography by Yiorgos Kordakis | Styling: Ioli Chiotini | Architectural Practice: A2 Architects | Lead Architects: SOTIRIS ANYFANTIS | Design Team: Sotiris Anyfantis, Sofia Zioga, Vilma Agrafioti, Nikos Ioannou | Construction: MYTINILINI DEVELOPMENT S.A. | Supervision: Panos Bastos, Giorgos Anagnou | MEP Design: EMG | Structural Design: Antonis Kotis

A Rain Chain Is An Increasingly Seen Alternative To Downspouts On Modern Homes

A Rain Chain Is An Increasingly Seen Alternative To Downspouts On Modern Homes

An understated design element on some modern houses is the inclusion of rain chains instead of downspouts, as shown here in this new house designed by Feldman Architecture with Ground Studio.

Rain chains are a great way to add a unique design detail to your home as they help direct water away from the foundation of your home, preventing it from weakening over time.

Modern Rain chains are a great way to add a unique design detail to your home as they help direct water away from the foundation of your home, preventing it from weakening over time.  #RainChain #Architecture #ModernRainChain #RainChainIdeas

Another benefit of rain chains is that they have the ability to transform into a decorative water feature every time it rains.

Modern Rain chains are a great way to add a unique design detail to your home as they help direct water away from the foundation of your home, preventing it from weakening over time.  #RainChain #Architecture #ModernRainChain #RainChainIdeas
Photography by Joe Fletcher | Architecture: Feldman Architecture | Landscape Architect: Ground Studio | Builder: Baywest Builders | Arborist: Urban Tree Management | Structural Engineer: Strandberg Engineering | Civil Engineer: BKF Engineers | Geothermal Engineer: Romig Engineers Inc

These floating holiday homes on the River Kwai will make you say “oh my!”

Photography by Agaligo Studio

 

Known for the River Kwai Bridge and lush mountainous landscapes, Kanchanaburi, Thailand, is also home to many floating houses and rafts.

 

X-Float by Agaligo Studio

Photography by Agaligo Studio

 

Drawing inspiration from the traditional floating homes of the region, Agaligo Studio have designed X-Float, a collection of floating holiday homes, built as part of the X2 River Kwai Resort.

 

X-Float by Agaligo Studio

Photography by Agaligo Studio

 

Each of the floating units have their own waterfront deck, where you can relax and watch life on the river pass you by.

 

X-Float by Agaligo Studio

Photography by Agaligo Studio

 

Floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow for uninterrupted views of the picturesque river from the bed.

 

X-Float by Agaligo Studio

Photography by Agaligo Studio

 

Made from steel framing and plywood, each unit has a simple style, and contemporary furnishings.

 

X-Float by Agaligo Studio

Photography by Agaligo Studio

X-Float by Agaligo Studio

Photography by Agaligo Studio

 

Inside each of the units, is a bathroom featuring a spa-like atmosphere, with views of the outside from the bathtub.

 

X-Float by Agaligo Studio

Photography by Agaligo Studio

 

Double sinks made from stone add an earthy touch to the bathroom.

 

X-Float by Agaligo Studio

Photography by Agaligo Studio

 

A glass enclosed shower and separate glass-enclosed toilet, complete the bathroom.

 

X-Float by Agaligo Studio

Photography by Agaligo Studio

 

There are also rooftop lounges, which are accessed by stairs on the side of each float home.

X-Float by Agaligo Studio

Photography by Agaligo Studio

The Wood Window Shutters On This House Match The Home’s Exterior So They Blend In When Closed

The Wood Window Shutters On This House Match The Home’s Exterior So They Blend In When Closed

Window shutters add privacy, security, and protection from the rain. They’re often used as a distinct decorative element, but on this house designed by Egeon Architecten, the wood shutters were designed to match the exterior siding on the rest of the house.

Modern wood window shutters that match the exterior of a wood house

The wood slat exterior of the shutters are mounted to steel frames with hinges and can be closed to protect the interior from the elements, like wind, rain, and sun.

Modern wood window shutters.

Here’s a view from the bedroom that shows how the windows and the window shutters can be opened from inside.

A neutral bedroom with wood window shutters.
Photography by Chiel de Nooyer

Wood Slats On The Walls Give This Home’s Interior A Distinct Look

Wood Slats On The Walls Give This Home’s Interior A Distinct Look

Pablo Munoz Paya Arquitectos designed an interior with wood slat walls that line the space containing the living room, kitchen, and dining room, as a way of adding a natural element to the space.

Starting at one end, there’s a built-in window seat with a bookshelf.

A window seat with a bookshelf that are surrounded by wood slats.

In the corner of the room, there’s a reading nook with benches and white wood slats that cover the windows for privacy. Lighting along the ceiling helps to create a really bright space, while in both the window seat and the reading nook, the white wood slats can be opened to easily access the windows.

A corner reading nook with benches and wood slats.

Above the corner reading nook is a small loft area that’s accessed by a ladder, which can also be used to access the multiple cabinets above the window seat.

A wood slat wall with a loft, corner reading nook, window bench, and plenty of hidden storage.

The wood slat wall continues to include a recessed television that has storage cabinets above and below it.

A wood slat wall surrounds a television and includes hidden storage.

Ending in the kitchen, the wood slat wall covers the windows, however, it can be opened to access the windows and let the natural light in.

A wood slat wall covers the windows in this kitchen, but can be easily opened to let more natural light through.
Photography by Natalia Blanco Fotografia | Architecture, Project Management, And Interior Design: Pablo Munoz Paya Arquitectos

This Home’s Modern Interior Design Was Inspired By Japanese Minimalism And Nature

This Home’s Modern Interior Design Was Inspired By Japanese Minimalism And Nature

Mim Design together with Koichi Takada Architects, have completed a modern home in Sydney, Australia, as part of six residences for property developer CostaFox.

Surrounded by the sandstone cliffs of Sydney’s iconic beaches, the interior has been inspired by Japanese minimalism and a reverence for nature.

Stepping inside, we see there’s a small sitting area with a leather chair and wood slat wall that flows onto the ceiling.

A modern entryway with a leather chair and wood slat wall that flows onto the ceiling.
A modern entryway with a leather chair, a wood slat wall that flows onto the ceiling, and a stone accent that acts as a shelf.

A large rug anchors the living room in the open-plan interior, while a low cabinet provides a place to display artwork, plants, and decor, and a curved sofa keeps things casual.

A large rug anchors this living room, while a low cabinet provides a place to display artwork, plants, and decor, and a curved sofa keeps things casual.
A large rug anchors this living room, while a low cabinet provides a place to display artwork, plants, and decor.

On the wall opposite the living room is the kitchen. A monolithic natural stone kitchen island is a sophisticated balance of sculptural and free-flowing form, while pendant lights hang above the end of the island that’s cantilevered.

This modern house has a large natural stone kitchen island with pendant lights that hang above the end of the island that's cantilevered.
A modern kitchen with a large stone island.

The dining room has been kept simple and modern, with an oval dining table and chairs, all of which are made from wood.

A modern open plan dining room with an oval dining table surrounded by chairs, all of which are made from wood.

Next to the dining area is the home office. A floating stone desk lines the wall, while the wood slats make another appearance in the interior, this time on the ceiling.

A floating stone desk lines the wall, while wood slats cover the ceiling.
A floating stone desk lines the wall, while wood slats cover the ceiling.

In the master bedroom, a charcoal wall and grey curtains create a bold accent for the space. Adjacent to the bedroom is a walk-in closet that has plenty of storage for clothes and also includes a stone bench by the window.

In this master bedroom, a charcoal wall and grey curtains create a bold accent for the space.
This modern walk-in closet has plenty of storage for clothes, and also includes a stone bench by the window.
This modern walk-in closet has plenty of storage for clothes, and also includes a stone bench by the window.

In the master bathroom, natural stone with a grey finish covers the walls and floors, as well as the vanity. A floor-to-ceiling frosted window allows the light to pass through but still allows for privacy.

In this modern master bathroom, natural stone with a grey finish covers the walls and floors, as well as the vanity. A floor-to-ceiling frosted window allows the light to pass through, but still allows for privacy.
In this modern master bathroom, natural stone with a grey finish covers the walls and floors, as well as the vanity.

Off the hallway, two wood doors open to another bedroom, where a wood slat wall has been used to create an accent wall behind the bed.

Two wood doors open to this modern bedroom, where a wood slat wall has been used to create an accent wall behind the bed.
In this modern bedroom, a wood slat wall has been used to create an accent wall behind the grey upholstered bed.
Photography: Tom Ferguson | Interior Architecture: Mim Design | Architecture: Koichi Takada Architects | Builder: Costa Fox | Styling: Steve Cordony