Humble Homes http://humble-homes.com Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:07:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Loom – A Small Studio in Aspen by 1 Friday Design Collaborativehttp://humble-homes.com/loom-a-small-studio-in-aspen-by-1-friday-design-collaborative/ http://humble-homes.com/loom-a-small-studio-in-aspen-by-1-friday-design-collaborative/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:07:49 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14540 Set in Aspen, Colorado, this tiny house is actually used as an artist’s studio. The studio, simply called Loom, has been designed by local firm, 1 Friday Design Collaborative. Throughout the design process the architects aim was to combine the historic setting of the neighborhood with modern environmental standards.

Loom - Small House - 1 Friday Design Collaborative - Colorado - Exterior - Humble Homes

The neighborhood that Loom is set in features Victorian housing, an aesthetic which architects have attempted to build upon to create a dwelling that slots into its surroundings. The result of their endeavours is a pink and white-painted, top heavy, two-storey structure.

Loom - Small House - 1 Friday Design Collaborative - Colorado - Entry - Humble Homes

For the architects, and the clients, creating an environmentally responsible building was high on their agenda. Inspired by the likes of LEED, they incorporated passive design and high performance materials into the construction of Loom.

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On the inside, Loom is a bright and airy space thanks to it’s high ceilings, window openings and white finish. The ground floor serves as a home studio, and office. It’s been lined with bookshelves on one side of the building and desks on the other.

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A simple staircase provides access to storage areas, and the second storey, which contains a small loft. The loft features some interesting woodwork. Angled studs project out from the roof and into the floor, creating a diamond-shaped space. According to the architects, the room was inspired by a traditional weaving room (hence the project’s name, “Loom”).

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Finally, there’s a small patio at ground level, to the front of the building, which overlooks the evergreen trees of the garden. All told Loom contains about 500 square feet of usable space (46 square meters).

For more studios check out this Seattle mechanics garage that was converted into a tiny house. Or, the Crib, a modern structure that can be used as a house or a studio. See all studios.

Via Inhabitat
Photos: Derek Skalko

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Froute Pod by Giant Grass – Glamping Inspired by Naturehttp://humble-homes.com/froute-pod-by-giant-grass-glamping-inspired-by-nature/ http://humble-homes.com/froute-pod-by-giant-grass-glamping-inspired-by-nature/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:26:57 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14470 Nature has acted as the inspiration for this unusual glamping tent called the Froute Pod. The pod, which has been designed the Australia studio Giant Grass, is currently a prototype, however Giant Grass are hoping to move forward into production within the next few months.

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Froute Pod can serve many purposes including use as accommodation, a garden studio, or gazebo. Although it’s most likely to be used for glamping – glamorous camping.

Froute Pod - Glamping - Giant Grass - Australia - Interior - Humble Homes

The pod has a diameter of 9.8 feet and a maximum height of 7.8 feet (3 meters and 2.4 meters respectively), making it quite spacious with plenty of head room. It features an octagonal floor plan, with two side flaps that can be used to create an awning, extending the living area outwards its surroundings.

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The Froute Pod is composed of a water-proof canvas that’s draped over a bamboo structure, with allowances made for two circular side windows, and a third skylight window at the pinnacle of the roof. The entire pod is set upon a raised timber deck that’s made of recycled wooden pallets.

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All told, it takes approximately 45 minutes for two people to set up the Froute Pod. It’s more substantial structure makes it cumbersome to transport when compared to some of the alternatives, but I don’t think the designers intended for it to be regularly shipped from place to place.

Froute Pod - Glamping - Giant Grass - Australia - Plans - Humble Homes

For more camping, or glamorous camping check out Conquerors UEV440, a luxurious camper trailer that will set you back $62,000. Or, this set geodesic dome tents in the UK that feature wood-burning stoves. See all camping.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Giant Grass

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A Small Parisian Apartment Gets A Curvaceous Makeoverhttp://humble-homes.com/a-small-parisian-apartment-gets-a-curvaceous-makeover/ http://humble-homes.com/a-small-parisian-apartment-gets-a-curvaceous-makeover/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:10:50 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14479 The design studio Julien Joly Architecture were responsible for overhauling this small angular apartment in Paris, into a curvaceous modern home. The redesign took place back in 2013, and since its completion the apartment is estimated to be worth (pre-tax) in region of 100,000 Euros, or $107,700 (although it’s location is likely a large factor in that valuation).

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The apartment is just 592 square feet in size (55 square meters). Julien Joly Architecture were brought in by the client to help give the apartment interior a facelift, while also improving the natural daylighting and ventilation of the space at the same time.

Home Renovation - Small Apartment - Julien Joly Architecture - Paris - Living Areas - Humble Homes

The living areas in the apartment have been defined with a series of timber partitions that filter light, and provide varying degrees of privacy, depending on their purpose. According to the architects, none of the wood used is veneer, but real spruce that helps bring a degree of warmth to the modern interior.

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The entire apartment is lit by three large windows, one in the bedroom and the other two in the main living area. During the revamp, the kitchen was moved to the rear of the property in order to provide the bedroom with better lighting, ventilation, and views.

Home Renovation - Small Apartment - Julien Joly Architecture - Paris - Bathroom - Humble Homes

Upon entering the apartment, you’re faced with two partitions. The first, to your right, is the bathroom, the other is the bedroom. The bathroom separates the toilet from the shower and sink, and both are accessed through separate doors, allowing people to use the facilities at the same time.

Home Renovation - Small Apartment - Julien Joly Architecture - Paris - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The bedroom makes use of its partition walls to provide a number of storage closets. The main living area is occupied by a dining and living room. A small study space is provided between the living room and kitchen, and makes use of the spruce slats to filter out distractions. The kitchen is a simple affair, tucked away in a corner. There’s also a large exterior terrace that wraps around the front of the building.

For more apartments check out this New York pad that features a number of small and surprising spaces. Or, this micro apartment that capitalizes on the space available to it. See all apartments.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Julien Fernandez

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Single House Gets Converted into Two Small Fun Flats – designatedCWhttp://humble-homes.com/single-house-gets-converted-into-two-small-fun-flats-designatedcw/ http://humble-homes.com/single-house-gets-converted-into-two-small-fun-flats-designatedcw/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:17:04 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14486 What was once a run-down small family home, has been converted into two modern flats by Japanese architecture studio designatedCW. The building is located in Yokohama, Japan, and went through extensive renovation works that included stabilizing it for earthquakes.

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The original building was stripped of both its facilities and surfaces. With the structure exposed, the architects where able to identify extra space which had previously been unused due to poor interior design. They also opened the house up vertically in an attempt to create airy expanses that promoted ventilation.

Yokohama House - Small Apartments - designatedCWrevives - Japan - Dining Area - Humble Homes

The house was then divided into two maisonettes, one with a total floor area of 291 square feet (27 square meters), and the other with 312 square feet (29 square meters). Both of the flats contains two main floors and a lofted area that serves as the sleeping quarters.

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The first floor contains the bathroom, kitchen and dining area. The bathroom toilets are separated from the bathing area with a small sliding door and partition. The second floor features the living room, which is composed of a small sofa, a few floor lamps and a storage closet.

Yokohama House - Small Apartments - designatedCWrevives - Japan - Floor Levels - Humble Homes

The final level of the house is the loft. It’s accessed from the living room by a small set of wood ladders. It looks to be big enough for a queen-sized bed, but that’s about it. This project is almost like an urban treehouse; the use of wood, the tiered floor levels, and the fact that a ladder is used to access one of those floors.

Yokohama House - Small Apartments - designatedCWrevives - Japan - Floor Plans - Humble Homes

The finish throughout is clean, simple and modern. It also looks like the work was carried out on a budget – seeing through-bolts left exposed, and functional guard rails, isn’t usually a trait of high-end projects. More than anything though, I think this house has an atmosphere of fun to it.

For more Japanese houses check out this house that’s been squeezed on to a small lot by Tofu architects. Or, this tiny house in Nada that features openings throughout all it’s floor levels. See all Japanese houses.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: designatedCW

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Redesign of a Small Apartment in Brazil by Semerene Arquiteturahttp://humble-homes.com/redesign-of-a-small-apartment-in-brazil-by-semerene-arquitetura/ http://humble-homes.com/redesign-of-a-small-apartment-in-brazil-by-semerene-arquitetura/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:31:04 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14493 This apartment in Brazil recently received an update from local architecture firm, Semerene Arquitetura Interior. The apartment is part of a new complex in Brasília, which has been designed with young people in mind, however its previous form didn’t quite meet the needs and tastes of the current owners.

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The unit contains a 750 square foot (70 square meter) floor plan. Originally the plan was divided into a series of partitioned living areas, including a living room, kitchen, laundry room and two bedrooms. The rework by Semerene aims to create a more fluid and multifunctional home.

Trama Apartment - Small Apartment - Semerene Arquitetura Interior - Brazil - Living Area - Humble Homes

The redesign was completed in 2014, and involved the reallocation of space and the removal of one of the bedrooms. According to the architects, they removed barriers between the different living areas, allowing light to permeate further into the apartment. They’ve also introduced a metal frame that serves as a bookshelf partition, desk and dining table.

Trama Apartment - Small Apartment - Semerene Arquitetura Interior - Brazil - Bedroom - Humble Homes

The majority of the apartment is taken up by an open plan kitchen, living and dining area. The kitchen dining table wraps around the island to form a small desk. A small laundry nook is also tucked away in a corner of the kitchen. Opposite the dining table, there’s a small study room which can also serve as a guest bedroom.

Trama Apartment - Small Apartment - Semerene Arquitetura Interior - Brazil - Bathroom - Humble Homes

The living room is a simple affair with a few furniture pieces positioned around a TV. Unusually, the entrance opens up directly into the living area – you would usually expect some sort of buffer zone, say a hallway with a coat rack, but it seems to work well here.

Trama Apartment - Small Apartment - Semerene Arquitetura Interior - Brazil - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The main bathroom is sandwiched between the study and the master bedroom. It’s quite small and seems to be the same size as the bedroom’s en-suite. The bedroom itself is a rather spacious, and features a large walk-in closet that can be shuttered off.

For more apartments check out this home in Spain that’s been built into a centuries old town house. Or, this small apartment that incorporates a mezzanine bedroom to maximise on space. See all apartments.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Joana França

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A 237 Square Foot Apartment in Warsaw by Utopia Studiohttp://humble-homes.com/a-237-square-foot-apartment-in-warsaw-by-utopia-studio/ http://humble-homes.com/a-237-square-foot-apartment-in-warsaw-by-utopia-studio/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:56:23 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14500 This tiny apartment in Warsaw has been redesigned with the help of Utopia Studio. The apartment is currently home to a mother, her child and their dog. All told, it contains a floor plan of just 237 square foot, and features some smart space saving ideas to make the home more liveable.

Small Apartment - Utopia Studio - Warsaw - Sleeping Unit - Humble Homes

The largest component in the apartment is the custom-built sleeping pod. By raising the bed they were able to introduce lots of storage space underneath for clothing and other items. It also features a rather nifty staircase with pull-out drawers incorporated into it.

Small Apartment - Utopia Studio - Warsaw - Storage Staircase - Humble Homes

Facing the sleeping area is the bathroom – the only section of the apartment to be partitioned off, the rest of the space is a single open plan area. The bathroom contains a shower, sink and toilet. There’s also a small laundry nook that can be closed off from the main bathroom itself, allowing both spaces to be used simultaneously.

Small Apartment - Utopia Studio - Warsaw - Living Area - Humble Homes

The remainder of the apartment is divided up between the kitchen, dining and living room. A window seat and storage has also been incorporated along the front wall, framing the homes source of natural light. The living area features a flexible furniture arrangement that can act as a single sofa, or be split up for a different layout.

Small Apartment - Utopia Studio - Warsaw - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The kitchen is small and simple. It contains a few kitchen cabinets, a sink, a two-burner cook top, and a refrigerator. To maximum on the amount of available work surfaces, there’s a fold-down cutting board that conceals the sink below.

Small Apartment - Utopia Studio - Warsaw - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

It looks like it’s been done on a reasonable budget, but with some inventive design they were able to make the most of this little space. All in all, this apartment by Utopia Studio is simple, functional and flexible.

For more apartments check out this renovated space in Tel Aviv that features a bathroom with all-glass walls. Or, this small apartment that makes use of clothing for partition walls. See all apartments.

Via LifeEdited
Photos: Gosia Góra

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The House of Trace by Tsuruta Architects in Londonhttp://humble-homes.com/the-house-of-trace-by-tsuruta-architects-in-london/ http://humble-homes.com/the-house-of-trace-by-tsuruta-architects-in-london/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:10:30 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14466 Set in London, this end-of-terrace house was recently given a new lease on life with the help of Tsuruta Architects. Dubbed the House of Trace, the house was redeveloped to make it suitable for use as a family home.

House of Trace - Small House - Tsuruta Architects - London - Exterior - Humble Homes

The House of Trace features elements throughout, both on the inside and outside, that hark back to its original construction and form. There are marks in the existing brick work and beams that create a sense of history, and it was this that the architects wanted to instil into the redesign.

From the architects: “Our intent was to keep a sense of memory, while simultaneously allowing the new intervention to have its own identity. As we uncovered the original building fabric, we discovered the history of the house.”

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As can be seen from the original exterior brickwork, the house used to feature a mono-pitch roof. It’s now been replaced with the more modern rectilinear form, but it is interesting to see how the old and new have been melded together.

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“The original extension had no distinct historical or architectural value, and was structurally unsound, but it had a roof profile typical of those found in terrace house back gardens. We chose to incorporate this banality in the new face of the rear garden – in a way fossilising and persevering its charm to carry some sense of associated memory to those who know it or those who see it new.”

The interior layout was also given a major overhaul. The bathroom and kitchen were relocated from the back of the building to the centre of the house. The living room and dining room can now be found on either side of this central hub.

House of Trace - Small House - Tsuruta Architects - London - Bathroom - Humble Homes

The second storey contains two large bedrooms, and a slightly small children’s bedroom. Both the children’s bedroom and the master bedroom feature windows that look out into a light well that travels down from the roof, to the kitchen/dining area below. There’s also a small second toilet on this floor.

House of Trace - Small House - Tsuruta Architects - London - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The dining room and master bedroom are positioned to the rear of the house so as to take advantage of the garden views. The interior has also been finished throughout with custom made furniture pieces, cut using a CNC router.

For more small houses check out The Pod, a small “granny flat” in Australia by Takt. Or, this summer house in Sweden that features a climbing roof. See all small houses.

Via Dezeen
Photos: Tim Crocker, Marie-Cecile Embleton

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Wakatipu Guest House – A Small Getaway For A Family of 8http://humble-homes.com/wakatipu-guest-house-a-small-getaway-for-a-family-of-8/ http://humble-homes.com/wakatipu-guest-house-a-small-getaway-for-a-family-of-8/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:21:09 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=14458 This modern guest house has been designed by Team Green Architects, and can sleep up to eight people. Dubbed the Wakatipu Guest House, the retreat can be found on a rural site in Dalefield, New Zealand. The owners of the property provided the architects with a simple brief: to create a relaxing retreat for their family and friends.

Wakatipu Guest House - Team Green Architects - New Zealand - Exterior - Humble Homes

The guest house is 1,141 square feet (106 square meters) in size, and features two wings – one dedicated to the sleeping areas, and the other to the main living areas. The house had to fulfil a number of strict planning conditions, which included partially concealing the house within a grove of Silver Birch trees.

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The exterior walls have been clad vertically with wood siding, and the roof is finished in corrugated steel sheeting. On the inside, the walls have been plastered and painted white, with the wooden floor (and furnishings) bringing some warmth to the space.

Wakatipu Guest House - Team Green Architects - New Zealand - Living Room - Humble Homes

The sleeping quarters contains two bedrooms: a master bedroom, and a bunk room that sleeps up to six people. The bedrooms are separated by the homes bathroom. The bathroom provides the guests with a relaxing experience under the stars, as it features a recessed glazed roof.

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The living quarters contain a mostly open plan layout with a living and dining room, and a kitchen placed along the side wall. A large, bright red, wood-burning stove can be found in the center of the living area. A wine room, and separate toilet are also located to the back of the living area.

Wakatipu Guest House - Team Green Architects - New Zealand - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

To the front there’s a large sheltered loggia that contains adjustable cedar sunscreens to vary the amount of light taken in by the building. From the architects: “The natural Cedar [works with the] surrounding natural textures, and the familiar Grey corrugated roofing profile refers to the farm sheds seen on the surrounding pastoral land.”

For more small houses check out Winkley Workshop, a house conversion in London by Kirkwood McCarthy. Or, this small Australian house that gets a modern makeover thanks to Techne Architects. See all small houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Sam Hartnett

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