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Tiny Houses and Cutting-Edge Architectural Ideas

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by: Joris Zuid
tiny houses and cutting edge architectural ideas

In my quest to find a tiny and architecturally sound house somewhere nice in the world, which I could replicate in the US, I trawled the Internet with great hope and excitement. I was delighted to discover that tiny houses are becoming more and more popular, as many homeowners want to live in a more self-sufficient way through downsizing. And of course it also helps the environment and the growing housing shortage – something that is rapidly rising due to the population explosion.

The tiny house movement

The housing industry is being rapidly transformed as the tiny house movement is making a stance, with little houses being built all over the globe. Due to their popularity, they can be found in both urban and rural districts, as the demand for an eco-conscious and a low-cost answer to the ever-dwindling supply of affordable homes takes centre stage. Twenty-something professionals are the main group who are looking for a tiny house, as the staggering prices and difficulty getting a mortgage for more than their salary allows makes buying a standard house virtually impossible.

So what's on offer?

I found that tiny houses are available in a broad range of sizes and forms. Moreover, there are various factors to be taken into consideration such as local building codes and if these houses are constructed as private home solutions or as commercial products Many people have the courage to just buy a small plot of land with a building permission and then design and build their micro home themselves. Provided you know what you are doing, and have done the necessary research, this can be great fun, and ultimately, highly rewarding. It is especially great if you can cover the project with your own savings, thereby avoiding the misery of having a mortgage around your neck for many years to come.

But if you do not have any available funds, then the good news is that a number of small house manufacturers promote payment options in-house. In addition to this, there are also a few other routes to your mini dream home, like crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, and RV loans.

Auburn University's rural studios

Anything rural draws my attention, and the rural studios, which are a product of an architecture school that uses natural building materials, certainly peaked my interest. The small size makes them perfect for experimenting with different typologies, testing the market, and learning about the construction process. The undergraduate program at Auburn University launched Rural Studios - a tiny home line that can be constructed for just twenty thousand dollars! These tiny houses, which are a result of the students' collective cutting-edge ideas, are constructed via the twenty thousand dollar house project - a fabulous academic program for designing and building that is aiming to provide people living in the neighborhood with housing they can afford. How great is that? Everyone should be entitled to have the security, happiness and safety that one's own home provides. In fact, the university's project is so successful, that it is now transforming into a commercial endeavor. The house cost breakdown is eight thousand pounds for profit and laborers, and twelve thousand pounds for all the materials. That would give someone such as myself a monthly mortgage of just over a hundred dollars.

The slim house, London

The Slim House #tinyhouses

This is an amazing 5 foot (1.52 m) wide home that was build on an unused alleyway space belonging to a regal 19th century residence that was never used. It was constructed using Alma-nac Collaborative Architecture. This tiny architectural miracle is in a perfect location, and there are stunning windows and a red door behind the traditional façade. It also boasts an eye catching slate clad sloping roof, which is sprinkled with skylights in strategic places to let in lots of natural light and sunshine to give the mini home a contemporary artistic feel. This is a great example of just how small the space can be to actually make an amazing liveable home.

The French 18th century garage

Eterior wooden #tinyhouse Bordeaux

Found in the rolling countryside of magnificent Bordeaux, this former wrecked garage, which derives from the 18th century and sits in a quaint cobblestone alleyway, has been totally transformed by Fabre/deMarien Architects. It now boasts a fabulous micro home of 441 square feet (40.9 square meters), and the old worn out garage door now features a pine façade with a sliding door into a wonderfully welcoming little habitat.

Interior #tinyhouse Bordeaux

The Japanese Fujiwaramuro version of a tiny house

It is interesting to compare the different architectural ideas across different nations. It is clear that innovative ideas are shared by universities and architects and engineers alike, due to our collective interest over the Internet - and this is a wonderful thing. This particular tiny house, which is mainly constructed of wood, is found on a small urban land parcel, which has approximately the same diameters as a space for parking a car. Just like the Slim London house, this design also boasts a number of skylights, which, along with the windows, make the tiny abode wonderfully bright and light.


This is a mobile mini home, and is the creation of two aspiring homeowners and architecture college graduates, Jodi and Brian Buzarde. They wanted to be free to set roots wherever they wanted to go, and that meant taking their house with them. And while portable homes are not a new thing - portable tiny houses are. And, as you can imagine, they are a lot easier and cheaper to move from state to state. After spending a year on construction , they have named their amazing little 236-square-foot wooden home "Woody" and they are now really living the good life.
In order to make it transportable, they spent around seven thousand dollars on a flatbed chassis measuring 26 feet (7.9m) long, to which they joined on interior cladding made from pine, and structural insulated panels. Their little palace on wheels is simple and contemporary, featuring plywood made from birch veneer for the cabinets, ceiling and floor.
The enterprising couple had to ensure that the mini house was no higher than the maximum limit for a house highway travel permit.

Great #Tinyhouse interior solutions!

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