3 Stylish and Modern Faces of the Small House Movement


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Photo: Tinyhousetalk.com

Photo: Tinyhousetalk.com

Modern architecture is artfully and efficiently designed, but the small house movement is able to cram both qualities into a fraction of the space and price. That is, many of the most modern homes are efficient and minimal in design but obtrusive and wasteful in space. The most minimalist house ever designed, for example, is breathtaking with its glass walls, a tub that sits in any empty room and earthy color palette, and yet this benchmark building takes up quite a bit of space – 14,000+-sq. ft. to be exact – and was on the market recently for $35 million. In inspecting this small house movement, my question wasn’t whether or not the tiny homes are money-savers, environmentally friendly or easy to maintain. You can find all of those answers here. Instead, Krrb wanted to know if the same qualities of minimalist design could be squeezed into an actual minimal, or negligible, space. Turns out that the answer is yes. Though their halls don’t echo like the rest, the following three contributors to the tiny house movement have fit a whole lot of artfully-designed bang into a tiny buck.

The Hermit Houses Collection

The Hermit Houses Collection is the only DIY collection of tiny houses out there. Designed with a special 3-D software that allows DIY enthusiasts to create their own space and order construction kits and accessories, these houses are to architecture like IKEA is to furniture. Some of the accessories include a wood heater, water purifier, pre-installed solar panels, an open entryway for enjoying a natural breeze and even attic storage space.All you have to do is download an app to start building. At only 150 square feet, a Hermit House can be transported from one location to another if needed. And while a modern abode like the Wiley House comes in at $14 million, the Hermit Houses are offered anywhere from $10,400 to $29,300, depending on the model.

Porta Place

Porta Palace is one of the first tiny houses constructed in the Netherlands. Dutch designer and builder Daniël Venneman constructed it with two glass façades so that the space feels continuous with its outdoor setting. A bio-based construction, the Porta Palace is almost 100% recyclable with solar panels and a battery kit included. Its frame structure is made of timber, and you get your insulation from simple hemp-flax. A bowl of raw granola for breakfast – not included.

The L41 House

Photo: Inhabitat.com

Photo: Inhabitat.com

Unlike The Daphne Residence, which is on the market for $5 million, The L41 House is a line of energy efficient homes that cost about $50,000. Canadian architect Michael Katz and his partner and designer, Janet Corne, use a nontoxic, cross-laminated timber to protect you and the environment, and the plush green roof allows for more savings, LED lighting and solar heating. While their vision is to create homes in the same way that mass-produced products are created, these eco-friendly tiny homes and wasteful products have nothing but the assembly line in common.

Would you sacrifice space for great design and even greater savings? Let us know in the comments section!

  • Good point! A tiny (hermit) house would make a perfect cottage retreat… where the outdoors are so welcoming that you want to spend more time outside than in.

  • Jars

    Hmmm, living in one of these would definitely cut down on clutter, but it seems lonely to me. However a hermit house would be ideal setting for retreat to reflect and reenergize.

  • Great round-up! The hermit houses 3D app is pretty historic stuff in the tiny home movement. And while house hunting is not in my near future, this app is definitely fun to play around with.