Humble Homes http://humble-homes.com Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:31:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 A Series of Small Housing Units in Cidades, Portugalhttp://humble-homes.com/series-small-housing-units-cidades-portugal/ http://humble-homes.com/series-small-housing-units-cidades-portugal/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:31:56 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13901 This series of small housing units can be found in Cidades, Portugal. Designed by local architecture firm M-Arquitectos, the units are an addition to an existing house that was built in the 1950’s.

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Set at on elevated site and overlooking the surrounding countryside, the three units are part of the rehabilitation of the site, and main house. The overall plot is 3,724 square feet (346 square meters), but M-Arquitectos dwellings look to be around 12-by-30 feet (3.7-by-9.1 meters).

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The smaller houses are all identical both inside and out. Their contemporary and unusual form is part of an attempt to control the light that enters the building. The exteriors are clad vertically with timber siding, and they feature a number of windows, all of which can be boarded up with exterior panels.

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On the inside, there’s an open plan living, dining and kitchen area that features a large wood-burning stove (the houses only source of heating). The kitchen is more of a kitchenette, tucked away in a corner with an under-counter fridge, sink and cooktop.

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The bedroom can be found at the opposite end of the building, and it features a large window that looks out onto the back end of the property. Sandwiched between the living area and bedroom is the bathroom, which is finished with a toilet, bath/shower, sink and vanity unit.

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The interior seems a little lifeless; white walls and wood floors, but it’s probably just because no one’s occupied them yet. It’s unclear what the houses are being used for from the architect’s description, although it seems likely that they’re holiday homes as part of a retreat.

For more retreats and small houses check out Sorte Hus, an affordable home designed for Denmark’s expensive economy. Or, this family home in Slovenia that gets a makeover.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Paulo Goulart

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Dublin Garage Converted Into A Quiet Little Home by TAKAhttp://humble-homes.com/dublin-garage-converted-quiet-little-home-taka/ http://humble-homes.com/dublin-garage-converted-quiet-little-home-taka/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:26:29 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13874 What was once originally a run-of-the-mill garage has been converted into a small, self-contained living space by the Irish architecture studio, TAKA. Set on Waterloo Lane in the bustling city of Dublin, the conversion draws heavily on the immediate surroundings to create a “little world of its own”.

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Along Waterloo Lane, the houses typically contain garages for off-street parking. However, this house also had a small plot of land that was converted into a sheltered parking space, allowing the client to get planning permission for the conversion.

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The rolling garage door has been replaced by a large window, and a series of plants that jut out from the wall line. The entire area shown in the floor plans was not part of the original garage. The house featured a narrow kitchen and separate living room to the back of the property.

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TAKA decided to open up these rooms to create a much more generous living space. The kitchen was then moved into the area previously occupied by the garage. To maintain privacy, the kitchen window features a folded steel screen that restricts views into the house.

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From the architects: “It’s very unusual in those lanes to have a living space opening directly onto the lane at the ground floor. The screen allows a feeling of openness from inside but from the outside you’re always passing obliquely so it gives a sense of privacy.”

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Other than the kitchen, there’s also a dining area, living room, toilet towards the entrance, a small garden to the rear of the building, and a parking space to the side of it. To take advantage of the garden views and natural light, a picture window was installed: “The new window replaces two standard sliding doors and is intended to guide the eye up towards the mature trees that add to the feeling of space.”

For more small houses check out this modern family home in Czech Republic by Mjolk. Or, this terrace house in London that gets revamped by Zminkowska De Boise. See all small houses.

Via Dezeen
Photos: Alice Clancy

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A Contemporary, Multifunctional Japanese House by SNARKhttp://humble-homes.com/contemporary-multifunctional-japanese-house-snark/ http://humble-homes.com/contemporary-multifunctional-japanese-house-snark/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:56:34 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13887 Designed by the Japanese architecture firm, SNARK, this building serves as a residential and commercial property. Set about an hour’s drive from Takasaki city, it features a hairdressers on the first floor, and a small house on the second level.

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The building’s footprint comes to just 624 square feet (58 square meters). According to the architects, they had to design the building in such a way so as to make it obvious that it was a store: “It needed to hold a commercial presence. Therefore, we decided to make the whole architecture as a sign.”

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The store on the bottom floor features windows along its length. On the top floor however, there’s barely a hint of the residence (from the street view), providing privacy for the occupants. The crisp finish and form of the exterior helps to draw attention to it, whereas the interior is intended to frame the space.

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The house itself is a light open space, colored by the timber rafters overhead. There’s a minimalist finish throughout that helps to create an atmosphere of calm, and relaxation – it’s a retreat from the day-to-day work of running the store on the level below.

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The kitchen is very basic. There are no cabinets or drawers, but a few shelves, a worktop, a sink and a cooktop. The “dining area” is set between the living room and kitchen, and is defined simply by a table and chairs. The living area is the most generous space with built in storage, and a patio door leading out to a small terrace.

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A separate toilet, bathroom, and washroom are found behind the living room, squeezed into a triangular space. The bedroom is found behind the kitchen and contains a rather large walk-in closet. Finally, the third level of the home, accessed by a set of ladders, leads up to a bright lofted area which can be used for storage, or even as an extra sleeping space for guests.

For more Japanese houses check out this contemporary family home that’s designed for several generations. Or this functional home in Niigata called OH! House. See all Japanese houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Ippei Shinzawa

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Uhlík House – A Modern Family Home in Czech Republic by Mjölkhttp://humble-homes.com/uhlik-house-modern-family-home-czech-republic-mjolk/ http://humble-homes.com/uhlik-house-modern-family-home-czech-republic-mjolk/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:38:56 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13828 Set in Pyšely, Czech Republic, this small family home has been designed by Mjölk architekti. Due to its dark exterior cladding, the house has been dubbed Uhlík, which translates as carbon. It’s home to a young family of five, and a cat and dog.

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Mjölk were contacted by the clients, Katka and Honza, to create a new home that would meet the needs of their growing family. And Mjölk did so, without allowing the design to stray into McMansion territory. Uhlík house measures 34-by-23 feet (10.5-by-7 meters) and contains two storeys.

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The house is in-keeping with the surrounding buildings. It also represents a lifestyle change for the family. They are now immersed in a rural setting, where the children (and animals) are freer to roam, and Katka cultivates vegetables on the immediate land.

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The inside of Uhlík house is like that of most other modern homes. Bright, and airy, with white walls to create a sense of spaciousness. It also features some stunning timber beams and joists that are visible from the first floor. The second floor contains a similar display of timber with an open truss supporting the roof.

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The first floor is a single open plan space wrapped around the central staircase, and front entrance. To the right there’s a kitchen and dining room. On the left there’s a living room with a small study. The upper level contains three bedrooms, and the family bathroom. On both levels of the home, windows have been positioned to take advantage of the views and the sun.

For more small houses check out traditional house in Slovenia that gets a modern makeover. Or, this house in Chile that features straw bale insulation. See all small houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: BoysPlayNice

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A Small Countryside Retreat in Spain by Modulo12http://humble-homes.com/small-countryside-retreat-spain-modulo12/ http://humble-homes.com/small-countryside-retreat-spain-modulo12/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:29:49 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13850 Designed by the Spanish architecture studio, Modulo 12 Architects, this small house has been created for a young family. Tired of the traffic, noise, pollution and other issues prevalent in cities, they decided they needed a place to escape to, and invest in a countryside retreat.

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With family ties to the location, they settled in Gijón, a quiet rural area with fantastic views of the landscape. The house itself is intended to facilitate the transition from city-to-country life. After wrangling with the local council over the design of the home, permission was granted for the build.

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At 807 square feet (75 square meters) it’s a small, cosy family home. The building is simplistic in design both inside and out. The main walls are clad with wood, whereas the side walls have been finished in render. The roof looks to be made with seam metal sheeting, or corrugated sheeting.

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The inside features white walls, and wood floors. It’s main aim (aside from providing the typical functions of a house) is to frame, and create snapshots of the exterior views. The house features decking to the front and back, which connects the main house to an outhouse used for laundry and storage.

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There are three bedrooms; two single beds are found next to the living area, and the master bedroom is placed at the opposite end of the home. In between there’s a kitchen, a bathroom, an enclosed exterior deck, and an open plan living and dining area.

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The building is oriented for North-South sun, and makes use of biomass to aid air-conditioning throughout. It’s also highly insulated to reduce heat loss, and heat gain. According to the architect, these are the basic elements of a bioclimatic house.

For more small houses check out Sorte Hus, an affordable small house in Denmark. Or, this small house that’s been built over a natural swimming pool by HPSA. See all small houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Angel Baltanás

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Carl Turner’s Minimalist Houseboat Can Be Set On Land Or Waterhttp://humble-homes.com/carl-turners-minimalist-houseboat-can-set-land-water/ http://humble-homes.com/carl-turners-minimalist-houseboat-can-set-land-water/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:54:19 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13823 Paperhouses is a scheme founded by the architect Joana Pacheco. It aims to provide open source contemporary residential architecture that’s freely available, and stimulates the designer-client relationship. This contemporary houseboat is the latest addition to the platform.

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Designed by the London-based firm, Carl Turner Architects, their proposal involves creating a structure which will take advantage of underused waterways, and adapt to flooding: “We are developing the idea of a compact floating house in response to both the under-use of urban waterways, and as a response to the increasing problems of flooding in the UK and globally.”

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The houseboat is assembled from a series of components that are transported to the client’s site by truck, or barge. The largest component is the floating deck, which measures 23-by-66 feet (7-by-20 meters). The house is then fastened to the deck, and is composed of a lightweight insulated timber frame that’s coated with rubber.

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The tilted translucent sides of the home create an outer skin for the main structure, providing shelter and privacy. They also enclose a small garden to the back of the houseboat, and can be mounted with photovoltaic panels to generate electricity and hot water.

The house itself is, like a boat, quite long and narrow. Unlike most boats it’s finished in a minimalist fashion with wood-clad walls and a few furnishings. All told, there are three levels to the house. The first floor is an open plan living, dining and kitchen area. The second contains the sleeping quarters, and the final level features the roof deck.

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The houseboat also has the ability to be built on land. From the architects: “The house will have its own garden areas built into the base and located on the roof, so your garden always goes with you. If the houses are arranged in groups, floating gardens can be scattered between them and a series of pontoons and walkways can connect them.”

For more houseboats, check out this small contemporary structure by NRJA. Or, the Silver Beaver Hausboot from Germany. See all houseboats.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Carl Turner Architects

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Terrace House Gets Revamped by Zminkowska De Boisehttp://humble-homes.com/terrace-house-gets-revamped-zminkowska-de-boise/ http://humble-homes.com/terrace-house-gets-revamped-zminkowska-de-boise/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:37:42 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13839 This project by Zminkowska De Boise Architects involved the revamping of a terraced Edwardian house in London. A number of alterations were made to make the narrow, deep floor plan more liveable for a couple with young children.

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The house, set in the Muswell Hill Conservation Area, is a two storey building however the works were only carried out on the ground floor. The rebuild involved knocking down walls which originally partitioned the space, and introducing openings to any that remain. Now, it has sight lines running from the front to the very back of the house.

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The overall effect creates the impression of a much larger area. It’s a light, bright home thanks to the windows that have been introduced along the house’s length. Aiding this atmosphere are the white walls, and furnishings.

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To prevent the white finish from becoming overpowering, and to create a continuous space, lacquered herringbone oak parquet flooring has been laid throughout. Toward the front of the home, you’ll find the living room, followed by a snug room that contains a desk, chair and a reading nook. A difference in floor levels helps to define the living areas.

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The other end of the home is occupied by the kitchen and dining area. The series of steps that lead between the living room and snug also serve as storage. The space beneath the treads can be used to store books and other small articles. The treads themselves cleverly continue into the adjacent cabinet, melding into the shelving.

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For more small houses check out Sorte Hus, an affordable small home from Denmark. Or, this modern house renovation in Slovenia for a family. See all small houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Tom Cronin

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Vipp Shelter – An Industrial Small House in Denmarkhttp://humble-homes.com/vipp-shelter-industrial-small-house-denmark/ http://humble-homes.com/vipp-shelter-industrial-small-house-denmark/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:40:22 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13835 This modern tiny house has been designed by the Danish design studio Vipp. Dubbed Vipp Shelter, it was the company’s first architectural project. The unit has been developed as a “plug and play” retreat, and Vipp refer to it as a “liveable industrial object”.

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Vipp Shelter is 592 square feet (55 square meters) in size. Unlike a lot of modern retreats, it contains a two storey space, but it’s also not intended to be mobile: “The objective was not to make a house or a mobile home. Vipp is rooted in the manufacture of industrial objects, so the term shelter is a typology that allows us to define this hybrid as a spacious, functionally generic, liveable object.”

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The unit is capable of supporting up to four people – there’s a main bedroom found on the upper level, and a daybed on the ground floor. Thanks to its entirely-glazed front wall, stunning views of the surrounding countryside are on show throughout the main floor.

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The ground floor is completely open plan (apart from the bathroom). There’s a dining area on the left-hand-side, followed by a kitchen, fireplace and storage unit, and a daybed. The bathroom is tucked away in a corner on the right side of the home.

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The industrial aesthetic is prominent throughout, with a rather stark finish both inside and out. The unit has been kitted out with the company’s products, including the appliances and furnishings. It also helps to establish a strong sense of style, in-keeping with Vipp’s own identity.

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The team responsible for the design wanted to simplify and speed up the process of creating your own getaway. As such, the Vipp Shelter can be built on your chosen site in just 3-5 days. It also comes with all the furniture and fittings.

For more retreats check out Detached, a rooftop cabin in Greece. Or, this small holiday home on the Dutch island of Vlieland. See all retreats.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Vipp

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