25 Brilliant Tiny Homes That Will Inspire You To Live Small

Small Traveling Microhouse

This microhouse cost Rachel Ross less than $8000 to build from recycled material. The quaint home looks like something from a fairytale and Rachel now uses the home as a writer's retreat. It'd be hard not be inspired living in a home like this.

House Balancing on a Rock

This house has been sitting on a rock in Serbia for over 45 years. It was first conceptualized in 1968 by a group of young swimmers and finally erected the following year as a one-room home. Though it may not be an ideal location to live in, it's a perfect resting spot for swimmers of the lake who need a place to rest comfortably.

Casa do Penedo

Located in the pittoresque Fafe Mountains, is the House of Stone. Built between four large boulders, this rustic home is also equipped with a swimming pool.

$11,000 Dollar Tiny Dream Home

Macy Miller is an architect from Idaho who wanted a place of her own--but hated the thought of a mortgage. For two years, Macy worked lovingly on this home which is also totally portable.

Dome Home

Steve AreenAfter 6 weeks of tireless work on a $9,000 budget, Steve Areen built himself this dream home in Thailand. The basic structure of the home cost two-thirds of the total and the remaining $3,000 was spent on extra details and furnishings. The house includes a lounging space, a hammock, a personal pond, and just about everything inside the dome is made of all-natural materials.

Floating House

Designed by architect Dymitr Malxew, Floating House is exactly what you'd expect—a floating house. The soothing mobile home is situated atop a buoyant platform that allows it to remain afloat in the water while minimally impacting the environment and offering scenic views of its surroundings.

Tetsu Tree House, Japan

treehouselove.comDesigned by architect Terunobu Fujimori, this fantasy house rests in Hokuto City, Japan.

Hobbit House

Dymitr MalxewPhotographer Simon Dale spent $5,000 and 4 months to turn a plot of land in the woods into a hobbit home. It boasts a number of eco-friendly attributes, which include: scrap wood for flooring, lime plaster (instead of cement) for the walls, bales of straw on dry-stone walling, a compost toilet, solar panels for power, and a supply of water acquired through a nearby spring.

Shipping Container House in Woods

It may not look like a garbage heap from the outside, but this home proves just how modern a recycled house can be. The interior is amazing...

Modern low impact house

Minimod is an innovative and sustainable alternative to traditional housing. It's built off-site, meaning that there's no construction impact on the surrounding environment.

 

tinyhouseswoon.comDespite the environmentally friendly focus, the homes are equisite.

Homemade micro housing

Constructed entirely from recycled materials, these caravans combine sustainability, comfort and portability.

Mini-Double Loft Rock House

simplysmarthomes.comThis smaller house is far more environmentally friendly that the average home but still offers the opportunity to live in a multi-storey home.

Modern Microcabin

This "treehouse" sits on stilts, 12 feet from the ground of downtown Los Angeles.

Transforming A-Frame House

This $1200 holiday home can be repacked and carried away at the end of a weekend in the woods.

Compact Cabin with loft

tinyhouseswoon.comSurrounded by 52 acres of woodland and mountains, this cabin in the woods is dwarfed by its environment. It serves as a perfect escape from every day life.

Japanese Forest House

homesandhues.comBrian Schulz built this homely cabin based on traditional Japanese architecture. Using local materials meant that this sustainable home could be built on a budget of $11,000.

Modular Micro Home

Geoffrey Warner, weeHouseGeoffrey Warner, a violinist and founder of weeHouse, built this peaceful retreat for $60,000 in 2003. The large windows offer an amazing view of the surrounding evironment but keep in the heat during the winter.

tinyhousetalk.comAndrew and Gabriella claim that living in a smaller space has bought them closer together on a relationship level.

Micro-house with sky loft

www.reddit.comWhile it looks like a greenhouse, this coastal home in California, built by Mickey Muennig, has a removable window which helps keep the place cool.

 

Fairytale Home

Dan Pauly, from Elk River, Minnesota, creates homes that look as if they are plucked from a magical forest.

Mobile Log Cabin

This mobile log cabin by Hans Liberg is located in Hilversum, Netherlands. Easily missed from the outside, the interior presents a minimalist, manmade design that counters the coarse, rustic aesthetic of nature.

ESCAPE Cabin

ESCAPE cabins are modular portable homes. You can select how they look, the amount of space and even more. They're fully portable and get delivered to you when they're built.

Grain Silo Homes

sandiegopropertysource.comThese energy-efficient alternative homes can, on average, provide 1,500 to 2,000 square feet of living space. Some people like Don & Carolyn Riedlinger of Gilbert, Arizona have even combined three grain bins to create a sort of silo mansion.

Residence in Between Trees

spoon-tamago.comKeisuke Kawaguchi of K2 Design built a series of living spaces that weave around the towering trees near Yonago City, Japan. The multi-room home is connected through short passageways and surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Extending cabin house

tinyhouseblog.comDesigned by Cavco Park Home & Cabins of Phoenix, AZ, these beautiful homes are built on wheels and perfect for recreational use.

Solar-Powered Group Living

flickr.comHalo is a 645-square-foot group house designed by Team Sweden, a group of 25 students from Sweden's Chalmers University. It is a solar-powered house constructed with renewable materials for the group to live an energy-efficient lifestyle. Solar cells line the exterior of the living space, serving both as solar energy absorbing panels and an external roof over the structure.

Tiny Modern Home

After being faced with the cleaning and utility bills of a large house, Andrew and Gabriella Morrison built this mortgage-free house on wheels.

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Vertical eco home

This space saving Japanese home is not only cheap enough to be built for under 15,000 USD, it leaves a much smaller eco footprint when compared to traditional housing

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Tiny homes in shipping containers are so last year.

For the past several months, Huston-Tillotson University's environmental science professor Jeff Wilson has been living small in a dumpster. The self-proclaimed"Professor Dumpster" has been living in what he calls the "magic boxes" most people see as nothing more than a place to put their garbage. His motivation? With the help of his students, Wilson wants to take a new approach to the way single-family homes use their resources by maintaining his lifestyle in a sustainable 33-square-foot abode that's roughly 1 percent of the average-sized American house.

But his project doesn't quite end there. Over the next six months, Wilson and his team will transform the trash bin into a small version of a typical home before remodeling it to maximize sustainability with features such as solar power and a "green toilet."

"We’re going to take all of the lessons we’ve learned from this about design and living in small spaces and we’re going to build the tiniest home to code in the city of Austin," Wilson says. "We want to develop a ‘how to’ for building the tiniest home possible."

Check out some photos below.

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H/T to FastCo. Exist to introducing us to this "ambitious" approach to living small.

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