Humble Homes http://humble-homes.com Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:31:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 1950’s Silo Converted into a Tiny House by Christoph Kaiserhttp://humble-homes.com/1950s-silo-converted-tiny-house-christoph-kaiser/ http://humble-homes.com/1950s-silo-converted-tiny-house-christoph-kaiser/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:31:34 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14071 Architect, Christoph Kaiser, has created this inventive tiny house out of a 1950’s grain silo. Set in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, the silo has been converted into a very cozy, modern home for Christoph and his wife.

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The tiny house is 340 square feet in size, but it doesn’t only have a small physical footprint, its carbon footprint should also be comparatively small as well. Kaiser has built his home with reused materials, namely the silo itself and the walnut plank flooring sourced from Craigslist.

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The tiny house will also have a positive impact on the surrounding area – the Garfield Historic District – where urban renewal is on the up. The grain silo was purchased from a Kansas farmer and then transported by pickup truck to the site.

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During the reassembly some major modifications where made (as can be seen from the pictures). They inserted a number of doors and windows, and insulated the shell with 10-inches of spray foam. On the outside, the corrugated steel was painted white to reflect sunlight, reducing the summer heat load.

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Given its circular form, the interior furniture all had to be custom made (bar a set of Eames wire chairs) to accommodate the sweeping curve of the home. The first floor contains a curved kitchen, a central dining area, the living room and a bathroom.

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The spiral staircase leads up to a lofted bedroom that looks down into the living area below, and is bathed in light thanks to a series of windows and a skylight. The interior has been finished in a mix of dark wood and black steel. It’s an amazing project, but I think my favorite part of this tiny house is the sweeping patio door that opens up to a small patio area.

For more tiny houses check out this 1920’s mechanics garage that was converted into a tiny home. Or, Simple House – a tiny house that features legs instead of wheels. See all tiny houses.

Via Inhabitat
Photos: Christoph Kaiser

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An Apartment Block Attic Conversion in Tokyo by G Architectshttp://humble-homes.com/apartment-block-attic-conversion-tokyo-g-architects/ http://humble-homes.com/apartment-block-attic-conversion-tokyo-g-architects/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:10:18 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14087 This raw, unfinished-looking apartment can be found in Tokyo, Japan. The 40-year-old apartment was originally an attic space for the building. It recently underwent a renovation by the Japanese firm, G architects, who decided to keep some of the buildings more austere features on show to create an industrial aesthetic.

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It comprises of 936 square feet (or 87 square meters). The owner had been searching for a convenient location within central Tokyo, when they found this apartment block attic, just one block from a major highway, and located in the very heart of Tokyo. All they had to do was make it more liveable and finish it in-keeping with their tastes.

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Those smudges of paint on the concrete surfaces aren’t by accident. According to the architects they were introduced to help soften the space and find a balance between the industrial and hotel-like atmosphere: “soft painting techniques that resembles traditional Japanese paper called “Washi” are used on the surface of the raw concrete walls and ceilings.”

Tokyo Loft - G Architects - Small Apartment - Exterior Terrace- Humble Homes

The entire apartment is a single open plan space – even the bathroom. There’s an entryway, and a hallway that’s occupied with storage closets. A bedroom is tucked away in a corner, and the main living area contains the kitchen, living and dining room. The bathroom is found to the back of the kitchen (there’s a privacy curtain to separate the two). On the outside there’s also a large deck area.

Tokyo Loft - G Architects - Small Apartment - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

For more apartments and Japanese houses check out this house in Hiburu that follows the slopes of a reservoirs banks. Or, this minimalist home called Apartment TK by Kurosawa Kawaraten. See all Japanese houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Katsumi Hirabayashi

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Parisian Flat for a Photographer Plays with Light and Darkhttp://humble-homes.com/parisian-flat-photographer-plays-light-dark/ http://humble-homes.com/parisian-flat-photographer-plays-light-dark/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:58:41 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14101 Being designed for a photographer, this 19-century flat in Paris focuses on providing a bright, minimalist interior for its owner. The flat, which is located near Place de l’Opéra, has been given a new lease on life with this modern makeover by the architect, Alia Bengana.

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The original property was a dark, dingy living space that was unfit for habitation. It features load bearing walls throughout that make it impossible to make any major changes to the floor plan. The architect’s plan of action was to emphasise the contrasts between the light and dark areas of the home.

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The flat is composed of 926 square feet (86 square meters). The entry hallway acts as a kind of “dark room” and is finished in a midnight blue. The bathroom flanks both sides of the hall, with a toilet and sink on one side, and a shower and laundry area on the other.

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Passing through the hallway leads you to the main living space, a bright open plan kitchen, dining and living area. The most interesting item in this redesign is probably the kitchen. It can be closed up like a storage closet to help “declutter” the space. It also features a kitchen island with a clever hide-away table.

Apartment Remodel - Alia Bengana - Paris - Bathroom - Humble Homes

The next room serves as a guest bedroom/library. This room features a fold-down desk so as to free up space when it’s not needed. Following on, you come to the master bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom is a rather luxurious affair with tiled walls and flooring.

Apartment Remodel - Alia Bengana - Paris - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The master bedroom is finished Koskisen Finnish birch multi-ply wood shelving and storage units. The wood contains two different finishes, natural birch and black, emphasising the play on light and dark.

For more minimalist apartments check out this Japanese house called Apartment TK by Kurosawa Kawaraten. Or, POP-UP House which features flexible furnishing to maximise on space. See all apartments.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: V.Vincenzo

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Seattle 1920’s Garage Converted Into Cozy Tiny Househttp://humble-homes.com/seattle-1920s-garage-converted-cozy-tiny-house/ http://humble-homes.com/seattle-1920s-garage-converted-cozy-tiny-house/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:36:48 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14079 This cosy getaway was once a dilapidated auto repair garage, but thanks to the efforts of SHED Architecture & Design, it was transformed into a comfortable tiny house. Set in Seattle, the garage was originally built in the 1920’s and was in a poor state of repair after decades of use as a mechanics shop.

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The entire building was supported by rotten wooden posts, and was leaning to one side. According to SHED architect, Thomas Schaer, “it had a dark and creepy vibe”, and was so unstable a “tremor could have easily toppled it.”

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But Schaer was able to see through the issues, and set off on an ambitious design-build project to restore and transform the garage. Over the course of three years, he carried out works intermittently, sourcing reclaimed materials from construction sites to save costs.

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The result is a 320 square foot (30 square meter) tiny house that features a mix of old and new: “We sought to interweave new and old so that one wouldn’t quite know where the old stopped and the new began.” The approximate cost of the works came to $35,000 (excluding labor).

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The house, like most small spaces, contains an open plan interior. The living room, dining room and kitchen can be found to one end of the house. A central partition encloses the bathroom, with a study space behind it. The loft serves as a snug spot for sleeping, and according to Schaer, “increases the perceived size of the interior.”

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The building is lined with windows on one side that provide ample natural light, which, with the white finish of the interior, helps the space to feel larger. The garage now serves as an energy-efficient studio rental (although I didn’t find any information on the energy-efficient part).

For more tiny houses and studios check out Simple Home, a tiny house that features its own set of legs. Or, the worlds thinnest house. See all tiny houses.

Via Dwell
Photos: SHED

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An 18th Century Cottage Renovation by Lynch Architectshttp://humble-homes.com/18th-century-cottage-renovation-lynch-architects/ http://humble-homes.com/18th-century-cottage-renovation-lynch-architects/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:24:31 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14094 This mid-18th century cottage was refurbished by the London-based firm, Lynch Architects, in 2013. Set in Norfolk, England, the cottage is protected by a heritage listing, limiting what could and couldn’t be carried out during the restoration.

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The walls of the building vary from 2, to 4 in thickness (0.6 – 1.2 meters). To protect the building, and its inhabitants, the walls were treated with a waterproof coating. The walls, ceiling, and truss timbers were then finished in white to provide a sense of continuity.

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The end result is a cottage that’s made from old and new elements: “The old walls are not straight in plan or section and their depth varies quite dramatically too. In contrast to this, the new construction is emphatically regular and is made up of softwood tongue-and-groove boards.”

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Beneath the wood floor, lies a new concrete slab that features an underfloor heating system. The underfloor system helps to free up space in the main living area, which is small but adequate. The majority of the ground floor is taken up by an open plan kitchen, living and dining room.

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Behind what at first appears to be a closet, is a small winding staircase, traditionally known as a Norfolk winder stair. It leads up to a small lofted bedroom that’s lined with birch plywood. The other two doors on the ground floor partition lead through to the master bedroom, and a bathroom.

Thursford Barn Restoration - Lynch Architects - Norfold - Small Cottage - Bedroom - Humble Homes

According to the architects, a sense of playfulness was incorporated into the design: “The barn was designed very much with children in mind, and we were keen to exaggerate the playfulness of discovering a house on holiday, which is also why it has a slightly nautical theme.”

For more small houses check out this sustainable build called the Harpoon House. Or, this amazing small house set on a cliff top in Chile. See all small houses.

Via Dezeen
Photos: Patrick Lync, Maisie Hill.

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A Stilted Retreat in the Belearic Islands by Gartnerfuglenhttp://humble-homes.com/stilted-retreat-belearic-islands-gartnerfuglen/ http://humble-homes.com/stilted-retreat-belearic-islands-gartnerfuglen/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:51:38 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14019 This unusual structure is actually a “grooming retreat”. It’s been designed by the Spanish firm Gartnerfuglen, and can be found on the Belearic Islands. It was created for a young professional who moved back to her home town to take up the family agricultural business.

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Completed in 2014 he retreat serves as a space for grooming, and contemplation. It’s to be used as a place of mental and corporal cleansing, attempting to “gain back the time devoted to one self that modern times has taken away”, according to the architects.

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The project contains two main elements: the main structure created for the person, and a separate water tank and manger created for the horse. It’s located in the center of a barley field, surrounded by indigenous bushes and wild olive trees with the Mediterranean sea in the distance, of which the retreat provides elevated views.

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The timber structure is accessed by a hatch on the floor of the raised deck. The space occupies just 10-10 feet (3-by-3 meters) and doesn’t have any solid walls – the aim is to maintain a connection with the surrounding environment, not to separate yourself from it.

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The screen creates a muted experience of the surroundings, but by no means shelters you from the weather. It does however feature different opacities as you travel through the space, thanks to the layering of the screen. The wood for the structure was sourced locally and built by a number of carpenters.

Grooming Retreat - Tiny Retreat - Gartnerfuglen - Spain - At night - Humble Homes

Forgetting about the intended use, the structure is interesting in both its form and composition. It’s not unlike many “treehouses” which make use of stilts to support themselves, and create bridge between the natural and man-made environments.

For more retreats check out the Polygon studio, a tiny house that serves as a guest house and an artists studio. Or, this modern industrial building in Denmark by Vipp. See all retreats.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Gartnerfuglen & Mariana de Delás

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Juniper House – A Camouflaged Small House on the Island of Gotlandhttp://humble-homes.com/juniper-house-camouflaged-small-house-island-gotland/ http://humble-homes.com/juniper-house-camouflaged-small-house-island-gotland/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:09:22 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14040 Set in Gotland, an island off of the cost of Sweden, this small house has been designed to blend in with its surroundings. Created by the Stockholm based firm Murman Arkitekter, the build has been dubbed the Juniper House thanks to the Juniper trees surrounding it.

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The house is surrounded by evergreen trees, which grow as close as 1 foot (0.3 meters) from the building’s exterior. The house is just 538 square feet (50 square meters) in size, and features a double façade – the second layer being the foliage printed screen that wraps the house on three sides.

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The intention with the screen was to mirror the surrounding landscape, and to camouflage the house. Viewed from a distance the house is almost invisible. However if you are close enough to discern the two, it becomes a bit ugly. I personally probably would have gone for a timber clad exterior (which they have, it’s just behind the screen).

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The architects have stated that “the facade is a playful comment to the Gotland authority’s ambition to not let modern architecture be visual in the landscape… It is also an experiment and investigation in what you see and do not see of a house.”

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On the inside, Juniper House contains a light, bright, wood-clad interior. Planks of white-painted wood cover the floor, walls and ceiling. There are two bedrooms, a master bedroom and a single bedroom, found at opposite ends of the house.

Juniper House - Small House - Murman Arkitekter - Sweden - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

A third sleeping space can be found next to the bathroom. The central space is taken up by the living room, dining room and kitchen. There’s also a substantial enclosed terrace, and a bathroom which features an indoor toilet and an outdoor shower.

For more small houses check out Casa Caja, an affordable house in Mexico that’s been built by its owners. Or, this small guest house in Barcelona that gets a modern makeover. See all small houses.

Via Dezeen
Photos: Åke E-son Lindman, Hans Murman

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A Hexagonal House on a Hillside in Czech Republic by ALThttp://humble-homes.com/hexagonal-house-hillside-czech-republic-alt/ http://humble-homes.com/hexagonal-house-hillside-czech-republic-alt/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:47:42 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14013 Designed by ALT Architeckti, this small timber house can be found on a hillside in Central Bohemia, Czech Republic. The house is located in a no-build zone, however the new home was able to replace an existing 1950’s summer house.

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ALT Architeckti were commissioned to build the two-bedroom, hexagonal house by a client. The client told the architects that they had “always wanted a wooden house”, and so timber became the material of choice for the build. The interior and exterior are clad with larch siding. The inside is also finished with oil-treated panels of the same species.

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Most of the existing summer house was removed, apartment from the stone garage, which now serves as a utility room. Local authorities permitted the project with the restriction that the total built-up area could not exceed 50 square meters (539 square feet).

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The house is half supported by a series of timber columns, the other half is supported by the existing dwelling. The overhang from the stone utility room serves as a sheltered parking space, and the main body of the home above it features an unusual hexagonal footprint.

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The first of the two main floors features an open plan living area that wrap around a central unit. The unit contains the more mechanical areas of the home, including a toilet, and kitchen. A triangular well in one corner of the home contains a metal spiral staircase.

Wooden Cabin - Small Cabin - A-LT Architekti - Czech Republic - Floor Plans - Humble Homes

The uppermost level contains two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a study. There’s also a small triangular room that features a large window looking out over the landscape. According to the architect, the site lacked sunlight and the hexagonal layout was “the best solution for getting maximum western sun penetration and views all around.”

For more cabins check out this rustic retreat called Glass House that’s set in the hills of Wisconsin. Or, this compact cabin that can be opened up to it’s surroundings. See all cabins.

Via Dezeen
Photos: Tomáš Rasl

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