Humble Homes http://humble-homes.com Living Simply & Sustainably Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:42:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Moose Road Residence – Affordable Modular-Based Househttp://humble-homes.com/moose-road-residence-affordable-modular-based-house/ http://humble-homes.com/moose-road-residence-affordable-modular-based-house/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:38:46 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=11641 Designed by Mork Ulnes Architects and called The Moose Road Residence, this small house has been built on a budget and makes use of materials, typically used for structural applications, to finish the interior (mainly plywood and strand board). The contemporary home is located in the hills of the Ukiah Valley in California, and features […]

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Designed by Mork Ulnes Architects and called The Moose Road Residence, this small house has been built on a budget and makes use of materials, typically used for structural applications, to finish the interior (mainly plywood and strand board).

Moose Road Residence by Mork Ulnes Architects -  Ukiah Valley California - Affordable Housing - Exterior - Humble Homes

The contemporary home is located in the hills of the Ukiah Valley in California, and features views that overlook the vineyards, and mountain ridges below. Mork Ulnes Architects were sensitive to the flora of the site and created a design that would minimise the house’s impact on the surroundings through the use of off-the-shelf components. They also decided to position the house in such a way so as to avoid the roots of several nearby oak trees.

Moose Road Residence by Mork Ulnes Architects -  Ukiah Valley California - Affordable Housing - Entry - Humble Homes

Moose Road Residence is supported by steel “stilts” and contains three large openings that aim to provide the best views of the surrounding landscape. The architects based the overall dimensions of the house on modular building materials like plywood, allowing them to cut the cost to under $190 per square foot.

Moose Road Residence by Mork Ulnes Architects -  Ukiah Valley California - Affordable Housing - Interior - Humble Homes

According to the website Home Cost, the average cost for a 2,400 square foot home in California comes in at around $130 per square foot. Considering the quality of the finishes for the Moose Road Residence (both inside and out – just check out that exterior cladding) I think they’ve done rather well.

Moose Road Residence by Mork Ulnes Architects -  Ukiah Valley California - Affordable Housing - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The crisp finish of the steel siding on the outside is at ends with the more rustic, but still modern, birch plywood finish on the inside. The wood gives the interior a more rustic feel, and its light tone helps to reflect light further into the core of the house.

Moose Road Residence by Mork Ulnes Architects -  Ukiah Valley California - Affordable Housing - Living Room - Humble Homes

The entrance is a discrete affair – there are no give-away’s until it’s within clear view. After the rather humble entrance, you’re taken into a surprisingly spacious open plan kitchen and dining area that leads into the other sections of the home. The bedrooms are contained in the small wings, whereas the social areas like the living room are more generously proportioned. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find out how big this home is, but based on plywood sheets, I’d say it’s around 500 square foot.

For more small houses check out star of Mad Men, Vincent Kartheiser’s small homey cabin. Or this summerhouse built by Rosario Talevi on a limited budget for her mother. See all small houses.

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Photos: Bruce Damonte

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NOMAD Micro Homes First Prototype Goes On Displayhttp://humble-homes.com/nomad-micro-homes-first-prototype-goes-on-display/ http://humble-homes.com/nomad-micro-homes-first-prototype-goes-on-display/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:07:20 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=11468 It’s always great to see designs go from concept to reality, and following on from their successful KickStarter campaign, NOMAD Micro Homes have been working steadily on their first full-scale prototype. The picture of the house still under construction with one of the walls still be to installed, shows just how much NOMAD manages to […]

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It’s always great to see designs go from concept to reality, and following on from their successful KickStarter campaign, NOMAD Micro Homes have been working steadily on their first full-scale prototype.

Nomad Micro Homes Tiny House Prototype 1 - Humble Homes

The picture of the house still under construction with one of the walls still be to installed, shows just how much NOMAD manages to fit – rather elegantly – into such a small space. The house walls are composed of Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs). SIPs are usually composed of two sheets of OSB and a foam-based core, providing both resistance to loads and insulation.

Nomad Micro Homes Tiny House Prototype - SIP Construction - Humble Homes

However, looking at the wall profile it appears that the NOMAD makes use of SIPs faced with metal sheeting. Certain metal SIPs can use a “snap-lock” system which reduces the amount of cold-bridging compared to timber-based SIPs. Although I’m not sure if that’s being used here.

Nomad Micro Homes Tiny House Prototype - Living Area - Humble Homes

According to their Facebook, a four-person team were able to disassemble and flat-pack the house in just 3.5 hours (including the appliances and the toilet). That’s pretty amazing, and it’s within the same kind of time frame that modern transitional shelters adhere to, despite its much more permanent nature. Rebuilding the structure took a little longer, about 12 hours.

Nomad Micro Homes Tiny House Prototype - Staircase and Kitchen - Humble Homes

The interior of the prototype is also starting to take shape. The downstairs level is occupied by the kitchen, living room and bathroom. The large 9.3 foot double glazed window provides more than enough light for the snug home. But the real winner here (for me) is the staircase, which combines shelving, worktop surfaces and, of course, stairs into a single component, while also being super sleek.

For more tiny houses check out this 93 square foot boiler house that’s been transformed into a tiny house by Christi Azevedo. Or this micro-house that’s been specifically designed for students by Tengbom Architects in Sweden. See all tiny houses.

Photos: NOMAD Micro Homes

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Treehouse Solling – A Modern Retreat Set Among The Foresthttp://humble-homes.com/treehouse-solling-modern-retreat-set-among-forest/ http://humble-homes.com/treehouse-solling-modern-retreat-set-among-forest/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:07:23 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=11598 I’ve featured some of Baumraum’s work in the past, like the Riverview Treehouse. This contemporary marvel, called Treehouse Solling, features Baumraum’s signature style; a modern, curvaceous living pod clad in steel and timber set a top of stilts. The treehouse is located near a small town called Uslar in Lower Saxony, Germany. The land was […]

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I’ve featured some of Baumraum’s work in the past, like the Riverview Treehouse. This contemporary marvel, called Treehouse Solling, features Baumraum’s signature style; a modern, curvaceous living pod clad in steel and timber set a top of stilts.

Treehouse Solling by Baumraum - Uslar Germany - Treehouse - Exterior - Humble Homes

The treehouse is located near a small town called Uslar in Lower Saxony, Germany. The land was purchased by the client due to its amazing setting; a small side valley with several small ponds surrounded by forest and greenery. The property also came with an old forester’s house that required considerable repairs before it could serve as a home.

Treehouse Solling by Baumraum - Uslar Germany - Treehouse - Decking - Humble Homes

Once the house was restored the owners then decided to (sensitively) landscape the surrounding grounds. The end result is a “nature lover’s delight”, and features natural stone walls, newly planted indigenous trees and two artificial ponds. Given the makeover the site had received, the site was, according to Baumraum, “the perfect location for a treehouse”.

Treehouse Solling by Baumraum - Uslar Germany - Treehouse - Balcony - Humble Homes

The treehouse has been designed to serve as a getaway, not only for their young son, but for their friends and family too. The treehouse is a two-storey structure, set in the lower of the two artificial ponds, and can be accessed by a long timber terrace.

Treehouse Solling by Baumraum - Uslar Germany - Treehouse - Seating - Humble Homes

The lower floor of the treehouse acts as a lounge which can be used either as a social venue, or as a quiet retreat. The lounge is surrounded with custom seating that doubles as storage space. The upper floor of the treehouse is accessed by the exterior staircase, and leads up to a sleeping area. The “bedroom” contains a large mattress (again, with storage built in) and a large curved skylight that provides amazing views of the sky.

Treehouse Solling by Baumraum - Uslar Germany - Treehouse - Loft - Humble Homes

Like all good treehouses, Treehouse Solling contains floor hatch allowing you to clamber between the two levels. From Baumraum: “During the day, the treehouse serves as a vantage point for observing the creatures in the water and the adjoining meadows. At night, the upper room is a comfortable place to sleep and dream and, when the skies are clear, to gaze at the stars through the domed skylight.”

For more treehouses check out La Casa del Árbol, a treehouse in Ecuador whose main attraction is it’s cliff-side rope swing. Or River View Treehouse, another retreat by Baumraum in Germany that overlooks a nearby river. See all treehouses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Markus Bollen

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Small Cabin in the Swiss Alps is Cosy Family Retreathttp://humble-homes.com/small-cabin-swiss-alps-cosy-family-retreat/ http://humble-homes.com/small-cabin-swiss-alps-cosy-family-retreat/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:19:09 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=11590 Swiss architecture firm, Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes, undertook the restoration of this once dilapidated traditional cabin in 2012. With a footprint of just 16 square meters (172 square feet) it was a challenging project that aimed to make the best use of space so as to provide for a family. Located in the Alps of Le […]

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Swiss architecture firm, Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes, undertook the restoration of this once dilapidated traditional cabin in 2012. With a footprint of just 16 square meters (172 square feet) it was a challenging project that aimed to make the best use of space so as to provide for a family.

Boisset House in Switzerland by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes - Exterior - Humble Homes

Located in the Alps of Le Biolley, Switzerland, the small cabin was originally used to for the storage of agricultural equipment. Over time the cabin was abandoned and its most recent renovation has seen it transformed into a comfortable, sleek holiday home.

Boisset House in Switzerland by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes - Interior - Humble Homes

The cabin is a mixture of old and new. The exterior stonework and timber cladding harks back to the traditional aesthetic and building techniques of the region, and was left (for the most part) as it was. Whereas, the interior is very crisp and clean with its wood-clad surfaces and minimalist décor.

Boisset House in Switzerland by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The house is comprised of three floors. The entryway is found on the middle floor and opens up to a small open plan kitchen/dining/living area. The main focus of the rather confined space is the exterior environment, framed by the floor-to-ceiling window that covers the entire end-wall.

Boisset House in Switzerland by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes - Bedroom - Humble Homes

The lower level contains a bathroom and queen-sized bunk bed for the children. There’s also a large storage closest for items like clothing and toys. The uppermost level of the cabin contains the master bedroom, a relatively spacious room compared to the rest of the house, complete with its own balcony.

Boisset House in Switzerland by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes - Floor Plans - Humble Homes

During the restoration the window openings were increased to take full advantage of solar gain during the harsh winter months. They also have the benefit of providing amazing views of the surrounding valley. The contrast between the old and new, and the attention to detail and craftsmanship that went into creating the renewed cabin, helps to make the space warm, inviting and intimate.

For more winter cabins check out La Luge from Quebec which serves as a small but luxury winter retreat for a family. Or this gorgeous little timber cabin in Italy that’s been designed by EM2 Architekten. See all cabins.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Thomas Jantscher

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viVood – A Prefab Tiny House Powered By Solar Panelshttp://humble-homes.com/vivood-prefab-tiny-house-powered-solar-panels/ http://humble-homes.com/vivood-prefab-tiny-house-powered-solar-panels/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:17:51 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=11579 viVood is a prefabricated timber dwelling that has been designed by a group of Spanish architects and engineers. The lead designer, Daniel Mayo Pardo, wanted to create a tiny house that was both energy efficient, modular and cost effective. The viVood unit comes with its own array of solar panels, taking advantage of Spain’s climate […]

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viVood is a prefabricated timber dwelling that has been designed by a group of Spanish architects and engineers. The lead designer, Daniel Mayo Pardo, wanted to create a tiny house that was both energy efficient, modular and cost effective.

viVood - Prefab House by Daniel Mayo Pardo - Spain - Tiny House - Exterior - Humble Homes

The viVood unit comes with its own array of solar panels, taking advantage of Spain’s climate and strong sunlight. The modular design allows the house to be repeated and replicated to accommodate larger families, and functions. Its prefab modular construction also enables the house to be modified for use in different environments.

viVood - Prefab House by Daniel Mayo Pardo - Spain - Tiny House - Living Room - Humble Homes

The house has been manufactured in Spain, making use of local materials and involving local professionals in the construction process. According to viVood, its advanced design will allow for easy mass production, which will also lead to a reduction in the total cost of each unit.

viVood - Prefab House by Daniel Mayo Pardo - Spain - Tiny House - Bedroom - Humble Homes

To create an eco-friendly home, viVood includes several passive and active design strategies. The roof supports solar panels for the owner’s electrical needs. Window openings can be found along the back wall, providing natural daylighting and ventilation. There’s also a dry toilet, and a system that’s used for storing water – not a bad idea in a country that often undergoes seasonal drought.

viVood - Prefab House by Daniel Mayo Pardo - Spain - Tiny House - Bathroom & Bedroom - Humble Homes

The interior of the tiny house is clad with pine wood panels. The open plan living space contains four areas – the bedroom, living room, a dining space and a bathroom. The version shown here doesn’t seem to contain a kitchen. The back wall is dedicated almost entirely to providing storage. Due to its modular design, viVood can come in a range of sizes, from 130 to 345 square feet.

For more prefab houses check out the HARWYN Pod, a modular garden pod that can be used to extend your existing living space. Or this stunning prefab house called Moonriver by Hangar Design Group and Pircher Oberland. See all prefab houses.

Via Inhabitat
Photos: viVood

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La Luge – A Stunning Winter Cabin Retreat in Quebechttp://humble-homes.com/la-luge-stunning-winter-cabin-retreat-quebec/ http://humble-homes.com/la-luge-stunning-winter-cabin-retreat-quebec/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:12:14 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=11543 La Luge is a winter retreat that can accommodate six people within its relatively small, but well designed and finished quarters. Hidden amongst the trees of a forest in Quebec, the winter cabin has been designed as a holiday home by YH2 Architects on the behalf of a family. The interior of the cabin is […]

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La Luge is a winter retreat that can accommodate six people within its relatively small, but well designed and finished quarters. Hidden amongst the trees of a forest in Quebec, the winter cabin has been designed as a holiday home by YH2 Architects on the behalf of a family.

La Luge House by YH2 Architects - Quebec Canada - Winter Cabin - Humble Homes

The interior of the cabin is mostly open plan but it does contain sliding doors that can be used to close off living spaces for extra privacy. Like most luxury retreats nowadays, La Luge features its very own exterior spa and a glass-walled sauna that looks out onto the surrounding landscape.

La Luge House by YH2 Architects - Quebec Canada - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The house is made up of two volumes – light and dark. The light volume features woods of cedar, oak and walnut and can be found on both the interior and the exterior. The light section of the home contains the large floor-to-ceiling windows, helping it to feel bright and airy. The dark volume consists of rich dark woods and is found predominantly in the children’s bedroom.

La Luge House by YH2 Architects - Quebec Canada - Living Room - Humble Homes

All told, the cabin contains 10 differently living spaces, including a kitchen and dining area, living, master bedroom, guest bedroom, children’s bedroom, two bathrooms, a sauna and an exterior spa. The children’s bedroom is the homes most flexible living space. With its bunk-beds, it serves as the children’s sleeping quarters, but also acts as a play space and features an extra bed that can accommodate guests (or a larger family).

La Luge House by YH2 Architects - Quebec Canada - Bedroom - Humble Homes

The glass walls seen on the cabin’s ends can be opened up to the deck areas, extending the living space to the outside environment. La Luge is a luxurious, relaxing getaway on a relatively small footprint (about 500 square feet) and is available for renting during the summer months.

La Luge House by YH2 Architects - Quebec Canada - Bathroom - Humble Homes

For more cabins check out this small wood-clad mountain cabin set in San Vigilio di Marebbe in Italy and designed by MC2 Architekten. Or the compact Tye River Cabin in Skykomish, Washington, which can open up to the exterior. See all cabins.

La Luge House by YH2 Architects - Quebec Canada - Winter Cabin - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

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Photos: YH2 Architects

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A Summerhouse Built On A Budget by Rosario Talevihttp://humble-homes.com/summerhouse-built-budget-rosario-talevi/ http://humble-homes.com/summerhouse-built-budget-rosario-talevi/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:50:32 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=11551 This unique summerhouse has been designed by architect Rosario Talevi for her mum. The summer house is located in the small fishing village of Punta Rubia in Uruguay, and is just a short few minutes on foot from the sea. The rather modern looking house was constructed under a strict budget and provides a space […]

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This unique summerhouse has been designed by architect Rosario Talevi for her mum. The summer house is located in the small fishing village of Punta Rubia in Uruguay, and is just a short few minutes on foot from the sea. The rather modern looking house was constructed under a strict budget and provides a space for family get-together’s.

Rosario Talevi - Abierta Uruguay - Summerhouse - Selfbuild - Humble Homes

The summerhouse has been dubbed Casa Abierta, and was built back in 2010. Casa Abierta was actually Talevi’s first house project to be completed. The finished house takes inspiration from Japanese wood craftsmanship and Nordic aesthetics. The interior design (and budget) places emphasis on function, with little need for unnecessary features, creating a sense of minimalism in the space.

Rosario Talevi - Abierta Uruguay - Summerhouse - Selfbuild - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The ground floor is made up of an open plan living area that also contains the kitchen. To make the most of the available interior space, much of the furniture has been custom built. The house is a mix-up of new and old, from furniture pieces to the wall finishes, and it has the overall effect of creating a cosy, warm atmosphere.

Rosario Talevi - Abierta Uruguay - Summerhouse - Selfbuild - Living Room - Humble Homes

One corner of the house is dedicated to providing natural light and is clad from foundation to eaves level with polypropylene sheeting. The wood used in the construction and finishing of the house is FSC-certified Pinus Elliottii and Eucalyptus from Brazil. The operable offset windows also help to create natural ventilation.

Rosario Talevi - Abierta Uruguay - Summerhouse - Selfbuild - Staircase - Humble Homes

The house is heated by a Tromen wood burning stove, which the open staircase wrap around. The second level contains the bedrooms, each of which is naturally lit by the large openings that are clad with the transparent polypropylene. The bedrooms themselves feature a mixture of custom hand-built furniture, as well as IKEA pieces and textiles.

Rosario Talevi - Abierta Uruguay - Summerhouse - Selfbuild - Bedroom - Humble Homes

On the roof you’ll find a comfortable deck area for lounging around, and a solar heater that provides warm water during the summer months. The gardens surrounding the summerhouse have been planted with a variety of herbs and shrubs. Rosario’s mother, Lucia, intends to spend her retirement at Casa Abierta, where she’s hoping to start her own lavender oil business.

For more small houses check out The Coxwell House in Toronto by Rohan Walter that’s been built on a small awkward lot. Or House Unimog a collaborative project by Wezel Architektur’s and Fabian Evers Architecture. See all small houses.

Via Inhabitat
Photos: Inhabitat

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The Pump House – A Compact Off-Grid Home in Australiahttp://humble-homes.com/pump-house-compact-grid-home-australia/ http://humble-homes.com/pump-house-compact-grid-home-australia/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:40:08 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=11558 Called the Pump House and designed by Branch Studio Architects, this compact dwelling is both eco-friendly and off-grid. Branch Studio Architects created the design on the behalf of their client, a carpenter who decided to undertake the construction of the house by himself. The Pump House is located in rural Victoria, Australia, and is set […]

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Called the Pump House and designed by Branch Studio Architects, this compact dwelling is both eco-friendly and off-grid. Branch Studio Architects created the design on the behalf of their client, a carpenter who decided to undertake the construction of the house by himself.

Pump House by Branch Studio Architects - Off-Grid House - Exterior 2 - Humble Homes

The Pump House is located in rural Victoria, Australia, and is set amongst the rushes of a small lake. The house inherited its name from its previous purpose – it was originally built as a storage space to hold a water pump and farming equipment.

Pump House by Branch Studio Architects - Off-Grid House - Living Room - Humble Homes

Branch Studio Architects decided to work with the existing structure while also adopted it to serve as a fully functioning home. According to the architects, the shed-like structure evolved into a more extravagant building due to the craftsmanship and skill of the owner-builder.

Pump House by Branch Studio Architects - Off-Grid House - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The exterior of the Pump House is clad with corrugated iron and is finished with some wood-detailing in the recessed porch area. The interior has been finished simply with low-grade plywood and rough-sawn timber. The chosen materials were selected due to their affordability, helping to minimise the overall cost of the quaint retreat.

Pump House by Branch Studio Architects - Off-Grid House - Dining Room - Humble Homes

The house is completely off-grid and self-sufficient. It has a variety renewable and green features including rainwater capture and storage, solar panels for any electrical needs, and a wood burning stove that provides more than enough heat for the small space.

Pump House by Branch Studio Architects - Off-Grid House - Bedroom - Humble Homes

There are floor-to-ceiling windows on both ends that can be opened up to the surrounding environment, providing panoramic views, natural daylighting, and ventilation. The interior is a simple affair and contains a living and dining area, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.

For more off-grid houses check out this prefabricated tiny house called the MiniMOD by MAPA Architects. Or this small island house that opens up to the surrounding forest. See all off-grid houses.

Via Inhabitat
Photos: Branch Studio Architects

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