The Design Observer Group


Posted 11.11.12


John Foster

Accidental Mysteries, 11.11.12


Want to get away? There is a growing trend today — call it the “tiny house movement” — to build smaller, even tiny, sustainable houses. Many build smaller sheds as separate workplaces or retreats from a larger, main dwelling. Whatever the reason, there is something cozy and personal about a small dwelling. With today’s high power consumption and the associated costs, small dwellings designed to be “off-grid” is appealing to many. With just a small wood-burning stove and a simple, rainwater catchment system, basic shelter and independence from “the grid” is actually obtainable to those with a pioneering spirit and hearty inner-fiber.

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Modern Shed believes in efficiency and ecological minded thinking with its prefabricated approach.

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Sleeping quarters in small house by the Tumbleweed Company.

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Small house in Toronto for sale for nearly $170,000.

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Tiny, off-grid cabin in Maine is solar powered and completely self-suataining.

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A build-it-yourself backyard bungalow on John Perreaults blog about neo-modern homes, pods, huts, and retreats: ARTOPIATECTURE.

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Built from reclaimed materials, the builder prefabricated this tiny house at his shop two hours away from it’s current location and brought it up in pieces.

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Students at Green Mountain College in Vermont built this shed for under $2,000 using reclaimed materials and lumber and windows from a local salvage store.

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The 7-Up bottle house, part of Rockome Garden first started in 1939 by Arthur Martin in Arcola, IL. This bottle house (now destroyed) was believed to have been built in the 1960s.

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Modern Shed will fully build and deliver or help you build the shed of your choice on-site.

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Here’s a 144 square foot house made of ponderosa pine.

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Framing out a small house in Lithuania, Vilnius.

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A town within a city, a rebel neighborhood within a well-ordered society. This is Christiania (Freetown), Denmark, a small community smack dab in the middle of Copenhagen, Denmark. Within this community are tiny houses, built by hand and with whatever materials are within reach.

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A bottle house in Sultana, CA, photographed by Matthew E. Cohen.

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This off-grid cabin for sale is located an hour west of Portland, OR and touts a shower, a propane range and heater, sleeping loft and gravity-fed water.

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A little cabin on a ridge in Colorado is 8’ x 10’ of peace and seclusion.

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Small A-frame house taken in 1972 by Ruth Mountaingrove. University of Oregon Libraries.

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A handmade People's Museum has been constructed in Catskill, NY in the form of a lounging bobcat using discarded tree branches and cut offs from local mills.

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A whimsical structure in the Catskills — entitled Lower Case “a” Frame — is a creative take on the traditional “A” frame house. Designed by installation artist Matt Bua of Brooklyn, NY.

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Students at Northwestern University in Chicago built this small house as a way to explore less-impactful stress to the environment.