Humble Homes Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:31:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The F House in Normandie by Lode Architecture Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:29:22 +0000 Set in Normandie, France, this small cabin has been designed by Amaud Locoste and Jerome Vincon of Lode Architecture. The cabin, called The F House, has been built on the foundation footprint of an existing barn on the one hectare site.

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The barns foundation informed the new cabins foundation, keeping it relatively small (4.5-by-12 meters, or 14.7-by-39.3 feet). The dwelling contains a total of 90 square meters (979 square feet) of usable floor space spread over two levels. The house has been designed to embrace simplicity, but also features a few luxuries.

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Intended to be sympathetic to the site, the F House is simple in form, and resembles the existing barn. It features a timber frame structure that’s clad with red pine boards, a slate roof, and is oriented to take advantage of the sun. While simple in appearance, the building has some innovative technologies, like a ground heat exchanger that ensures they always have fresh warm air when needed.

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The interior of the home is largely minimalist in style. The floors look to be black polished concrete on the ground floor, and black painted wood in the loft. The walls are mostly clad with 4×8 sheets of plywood, creating a sense of warmth. Large windows are found throughout the ground floor to provide plenty of natural light. The sleeping loft on the other hand, contains smaller well positioned windows so the sunlight isn’t overbearing in the morning.

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The ground floor contains a stylish galley kitchen that faces a series of patio doors that look out over the site. There’s also a living area, a sparse dining room, and a rather luxurious bathroom. The bath itself is set in the middle of the living room, next to a wood-burning stove, and can be lit up with LED lights, allowing it to glow from within.

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By walking up the open tread timber staircase, you’ll be taken into the home’s sleeping area. It contains a number of smaller bunks, presumably for the kids, that are set above the windows. The master bedroom can be found at the end of the room, without any partition walls to separate it from the main space.

For more cabins check out the amazing Little Lost Cabin by Clark Stevens. Or, the Tipi, a simple and effective living solution from Belgium. See all cabins.

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Photos: Daniel Moulinet

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Jeffry’s Lough – A Thatched Hideaway in Donegal, Ireland Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:45:14 +0000 This rather unusual structure is Ireland’s first architectural installation to be carried out in a forest park. The installation was launched on the 27th of July 2014 in Ards Forest Park, county Donegal. Called Jeffry’s House, the thatched structure was designed and built on site by architect Thomas O’Brien, and artist Emmily Mannion.

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The exterior thatch is supported by an underlying timber frame made from both round-wood and sawn lumber. Being raised off the ground will allow the local fauna to “reclaim” the site, immersing it in nature. Set on the edge of the forest, Jeffry’s Lough offers shelter to passers-by and views of the surrounding land, and sea-scape.

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All told, it occupies a total of 18 square meters (194 square feet). If you’re wondering about the strange name, it’s been taken from a nearby lake which can be found on older maps, but now seems to have disappeared. The idea of the lakes disappearance has been applied to Jeffry’s Lough; its intended to form part of natural environment, and – at least partly – disappear.

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Being the first of its kind, the project is ground breaking, and hopes that it will inspire other councils to involve architects in the production of “interventions” in the natural landscape. Donegal County Council is hoping to lead the way by commissioning further projects like this one.

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Jeffry’s House recently won an award from the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF). From Nathalie Weadick: “Jeffry‘s House displays a great consideration to craft and an intriguing architectural narrative. Thomas O’Brien and Emily Mannion have given us so much more than just an object on a site – they’ve created the potential for a magical conversation between the folly, the landscape and the public.”

For more spaces check out the Hedonist Hotel that was built on a budget of $250. Or, Caradoc’s Hideout, a reycled eco-retreat nestled into the hills of Wales. See all spaces.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Emily Mannion, Thomas O Brien

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The Tipi – A Cost-Efficient A-Frame House in Belgium Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:37:11 +0000 This small house can be found near the city of Leuven, Belgium. Called “The Tipi”, the house is a simple A-frame structure that’s been rebuilt and refurbished by a young couple. The couple intend to stay in the house on a temporary basis until they can afford to move into something a little more permanent.

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The high rent in the city of Leuven forced the owners to seek alternative accommodation. That alternative accommodation came in the form of a small used A-frame house, which was in a bit of a state of disrepair. However, with the help of some friends, they managed to dismantle, repair and reassemble the house using mostly recycled materials.

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According to the owners, they were slightly concerned that there wouldn’t be enough space for them, their stuff, and their dachshund puppy. As it turns out they were able to make the move with ease: “It’s cozy, easy to clean and we have everything we need… It was also a good occasion to get rid of stuff we didn’t really need but had been moving along with us for several years.”

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The house looks to be set on a small concrete pad foundation. The roof is finished with corrugated sheeting, and the gable ends are clad in timber. On the front end there’s another two concrete pads that serve as a decking area. From outside the house looks tiny, but on the inside its surprisingly spacious.

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They’ve managed to fit in a living area, dining area, bathroom and a kitchen with a breakfast bar on the first floor. A steep staircase takes you up to the second floor with a walk-in closet and a snug bedroom. The white-painted walls and inclined beams help to keep the space from feeling cramped.

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The owners have found living in the Tipi to be very social; people tend to stop by and ask about the home. They also mention that they now don’t have to stress as much about their future home – there’s no rush, and they’re saving a considerable amount of money when compared to renting. Leuven city’s regulations will allow them to live in the temporary dwelling for up to 5 years, after which they hope to pass it on to other people.

For more small houses and cabins check out the beautifully designed Little Lost Cabin in Idaho that’s set on 3000 acres of land. Or, this surfers cabin in Chile that features amazing views of the Pacific ocean. See all cabins.

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Photos: Inne Van Engeland and Dorien Buys

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The Hedonist Hotel Is Built On A $250 Budget Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:36:47 +0000 This temporary sleeping unit has been designed by the Portuguese architect Nuno Pimenta. Called “The Hedonist Hotel”, the dwelling seeks to reinterpret “local dichotomy into a transformative physical volume”, and has been selected to serve as one of Hotel Shabbyshabby’s rooms for Theater der Welt.

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Theater der Welt is a festival in Mannheim that involves 20 temporary units being built in public spaces. There are certain restrictions placed on each of the designs; they must be constructed from reused, recycled or recyclable materials, with a budget of only $250.

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The Hedonist Hotel is situated at the confluence of two rivers, and is built largely from pallets, steel supports and polycarbonate sheeting. At night the unit is illuminated with red artificial lighting that seeps through the white privacy curtains, and sheeting.

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From the architect: “The hedonist adapts itself to the user, his interpretation of happiness or simply to a transitory state of mind, whether it means waking up with a beautiful panoramic view of a natural landscape or having a hot one night stand. It offers the pleasure of being alone or the joy of showing off, the delight of a warmth bed or the relish of a joint venture.”

On the inside the space is (during the day) brightly lit thanks to all the translucent sheeting. A single bed can be found to one end of the living space, set on a series of pallets. A curtain rail follows the perimeter of the room, providing privacy when needed.

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Symbolism and interpretations aside, it’s a good example of how a simple dwelling can be constructed from reused, recycled and unusual materials on a tiny budget.

For more spaces check out the Taku Tanku tiny house that’s made from water tanks. Or, these modern teepee-style cabins designed by Antony Gibbon. See all spaces.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Miguel Tavares, Rui Vieira and Nuno Pimenta

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Muji’s Small and Simple House in Tokyo Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:45:01 +0000 This rather simple and boxy-looking house in Japan has been designed by the retail company Muji. Set in one of Tokyo’s dense residential districts, the house is intended to cater for the needs of city dwellers. The house takes full advantage of its small site by maximizing its footprint, and proximity to the adjacent buildings.

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The house features three floors with a split level system. Each floor is brightly light and airy, helping to create an atmosphere of spaciousness in what is really quite a small and confined space. The different levels of the house have been designed to serve different functions.

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The ground floor contains the homes utility and storage areas. The central staircase has been left open as possible, with no backing treads and a minimalist handrail, in order to let light filter between the different floors.

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The kitchen is a simple but stylish set up. It sits opposite the homes dining area, and across a short walkway at the top of the stairs you’ll find the living room. Clean white walls can be found throughout with wood accents found in the furniture and trim.

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The top floor, presumably, contains the home’s bathroom and bedroom (unfortunately no floor plan was released). Large windows have been installed on the north face of the building to help bring in as much natural light as possible.

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Being designed by a retail company, furniture and storage solutions (a must for any small home) from Muji can be found throughout.

For more Japanese houses check out the Hammock House by Uzu Architects, which features a living area designed solely for a hammock. Or, this other simple, functional home by Takahashi Maki. See all Japanese houses.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Muji

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The Little Lost Cabin by Clark Stevens Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:26:04 +0000 This small 700-square foot cabin can be found on Summit Spring Ranch in Idaho. The building was designed by architect Clark Stevens on the behalf of an investment company, Beartooth Capital, which specialises in locating neglected ranch properties, and restoration of structures, waterways and lands.

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Beartooth Capital often sell their properties with conservation easements, allowing them to restore and protect rare and historical sites. This building has been dubbed the Little Lost Valley Cabin. It originally had no legal road access, which Beartooth addressed by arranging a deal with the Nature Conservancy to add 623 acres with access right of way. In exchange, Beartooth had to set aside 1,960 acres of the site for conservation.

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The cabin is off-grid, and features amazing views of the surrounding landscape. To determine the best orientation for the building, Steven and his co-workers created a 3D model which they then placed into Google Earth and adjusted it to find the best viewpoint.

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The interior of the cabin is rustic in style. The ground floor is almost completely open plan. There’s a kitchen with a dining area at one end, followed by the living room. After that there’s an open plan bedroom and bathroom that can be separated from the other living areas by a folding screen. By climbing up a small set of ladders you’ll reach a cozy lofted bedroom with stunning views of the mountain range.

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The exposed timber beams, walls and floors help to create a rustic atmosphere. This “rusticity” is offset slightly by the introduction of some modern fixtures and furnishings to create a comfortable living environment. The outside of the cabin contain a 6-foot-wide sheltered deck for relaxing and lounging on.

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The price of the cabin and its surrounding land (a total of 3,783 acres) comes to $4 million. With the conservation restrictions in place, Beartooth are looking for a type particular buyer – one who is ecologically aware, and has some spare cash. Since their inception in 2005, they’ve purchased 25,000 acres, protected 13,000 of them and restored 37 miles of creeks and rivers. Not a bad approach to development.

For more cabins check out Mason St. Peters reclaimed and recycled tiny forest cabin. Or, this small hikers cabin set on the peak of a mountain in the Julian Alps. See all cabins.

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Photos: Brett Ziegler

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The Hammock House by UZU Architects Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:38:17 +0000 Located in Osaka, Japan, this family home has been dubbed the “Hammock House” thanks to an outdoor deck that features an area purposely designed for a hammock. The house has a footprint of 51 square meters (549 square feet) and has been created by the local firm, UZU Architects.

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The Hammock House contains three levels to give it a total floor area of 116 square meters (1249 square feet). Like a lot of the other Japanese houses I’ve featured in the past, its set in a rather dense residential district without much space to spare.

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UZU Architects decided to step back from the street to provide space for the family car, but they also lost a little real estate; typically, these types of houses tend to cantilever over the car park area. On the outside, the house features a crisp contemporary finish that also extends to the inside.

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The main living area is a brightly light, double height room. It features a walk-around balcony that helps to shade the lower level from light entering through the floor-to-ceiling window units. The living area also contains the kitchen, dining area, living room, toilet, a balcony, and a terrace.

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The terrace serves as a little getaway for chilling out in the hammock. On the ground floor, you’ll find the home’s bedroom, a changing room/bathroom, a clothes closet, and a children’s playroom. There doesn’t seem to be a second bedroom for the children, but perhaps the playroom will be converted into a bedroom over time.

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The house is slightly taller than the surrounding buildings, providing it with expansive views, which they take full advantage of with the various deck and balcony areas.

For more Japanese houses check out this simple, but functional house by Takahashi Maki. Or, this house that’s set again a retaining wall. See all Japanese houses.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Akiyoshi Fukuzawa

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An Inward-Looking Family House in Vietnam Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:28:01 +0000 Set in Saigon, Vietnam this family features a mix of interesting design features aimed at providing the occupants an escape from everyday life. The house contains a total usable floor space of 82 square meters (883 square feet) and has been created by the studio i.House Architecture and Construction.

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From the street, the house looks like any residential home in the district, however it’s external concrete brick wall is simply a façade that provides protection, and filters out noise, the sun, wind and rain. Following the concrete wall, there is a small gap that’s filled with trees and vegetation. After this layer you reach the inner buildings skin, which features large glass panels.

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The house itself features a number of living spaces that are spread over several levels, and built around a central courtyard. Unlike most houses which aim to look outwards over the surrounding landscape, this house looks inwards. Every room features views of the courtyard, providing a link between the individual spaces.

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The courtyard aims to “dispel the [the] tiredness of everyday work”, and it’s inward looking nature has caused the architects to refer to it as being an “introvert” house. To help keep costs and its environmental footprint down, many of the materials were sourced locally.

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The house contains three levels. The first serves as an entrance, and provides space for the dining and kitchen (both at opposite ends of the house). The second floor features the living room and bathroom at one end, and a study/home office at the other. The third and final level contains mostly bedrooms accompanied by en suites.

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The staircase connecting the different rooms is set in the courtyard. The courtyard itself is open to the exterior, but features a movable roof to provide shelter when the weather takes a turn for the worse. The architects have taken an interesting approach; perhaps more dwellings in densely populated areas could take advantage of “inward” architecture.

For more small houses check out this minimalist house in Ghent by Dierendonck Blancke. Or, this small house is Czech Republic that’s been designed by Pavel Horákin. See all small houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Le Canh Van, Vu Ngoc Ha

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