01 of 07
6 Tiny Homes that Don’t Sacrifice Design
If you’ve ever felt weighed down by all of your belongings, not to mention all of the bills that come along with those possessions, you are not alone. A minimalist movement is sweeping the country as more people are seeking freedom from financial obligations like rent, large-scale home repairs, and utility bills. Tiny homes are part of the minimalist phenomenon, enabling people to live more simply, while still having a home that is stylish and meets all of their needs. The popularity of tiny homes has increased since the housing market crashed in 2007—which makes sense, since they can cost as little as $30,000. Saving money isn't the only positive about living in a tiny house though, tiny homes are also more environmentally friendly. Fewer resources are required to build and maintain these homes, and many are designed with salvaged materials and run completely off the grid.
Before you start conjuring images of living in a yurt, check out these beautifully designed tiny homes that can help you lead a more economically and environmentally sustainable life in a home that reflects your personal style.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
02 of 07
Build Your Own Private Island
This floating 240 square foot cabin belongs to Maine couple, Foy and Louisa Brown. They assembled the foundation on shore, using a combination of plastic flotation tubs, styrofoam, and pontoons, before towing it out to sea to build the cottage on top. Constructed primarily of pine shiplap, this home is completely off of the grid. Louisa brings in water (via canoe) daily to fill the tank for the shower and the kitchen. Rain barrels collect water for a lovely container garden. Two propane tanks power the refrigerator, stove, and provide hot water. At night, the home is illuminated with candles, oil lamps, and solar lights. This house is truly a floating oasis from the outside world.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
03 of 07
Live In The Village Of Tiny Homes
This tiny home, “The Wedge,” constructed by Wheelhaus is part of a village of tiny homes. It might resemble a modern mobile home park at first glance, but on closer inspection it becomes very upscale. The design features a combination of rustic and modern aesthetics. The ceilings and exterior are covered with rustic ranchwood siding, while the front of the cabin features an angled roof and is almost entirely glass. This home features one bedroom, one bathroom, a combination kitchen and living room, and a private deck.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
04 of 07
Maximize Your Natural Environment
If you’ve ever dreamed of building your own home, “The Bunkie,” might be your best bet. With no building permits required and a complete set of pre-assembled components, the 106 square foot bunkie can be constructed in just a few days with interior options that vary to meet your specific lifestyle needs. The key to this home is location, location, location. Glass walls will give you the best, unobstructed view of wherever you choose to set down roots. Who needs pricey artwork when you have the natural beauty of the great outdoors?Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
A Place for Peace
Famous architects -- and father and son duo -- Pietro and Anthony Belluschi designed and built this tiny home in their backyard in Portland, Oregon. Interestingly, Pietro Belluschi has been celebrated for designing skyscrapers and helping to shape Portland’s skyline, so for him a “tiny” house is quite the style departure. Though it may not reflect his larger works, the home does pay tribute to Pietro’s admiration of Asian, Scandinavian and Italian design. High ceilings and windows that frame treetops add a sense of spaciousness to the diminutive home. Louvered and screened air vents provide eco-friendly cooling while two outdoor decks extend the living space. Exterior closets store the hot water tank, electric meter, sprinkler control and more storage. Pietro’s wife, Marti says, “The pleasure of living in small places – particularly when simplicity is the style and the building materials reflect a sense of calm, warmth and beauty – is peace.”Continue to 6 of 7 below.
06 of 07
Live Tiny But Bold
This home, designed by Kendall Quack and Jeremy Luther, the creative couple behind Tiny House Creative, is part of their mission to bring high-quality design to those who could not normally afford it. Quack and Luther operate their design, letterpress, and illustration studio out of this 176 square foot home on wheels. They shed the bulk of their possessions to focus on what is important to them, “hard work, good experiences, and meaningful relationships.” In the process, they’re trying to educate others about the value of living sustainably, which is the primary reason that the home is mobile. The couple plans to bring their home to art fairs and other public spaces to raise awareness about smaller living.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
07 of 07
Turn Your Home into the Ultimate Upcycle Project
Though not as small as some of these tiny homes, steel shipping container homes (also called storage container homes) offer a fast, affordable, and sustainable approach to homebuilding. Containers typically come in 20 or 40 foot lengths with 8x8 interiors. Storage container homes require more of a commitment than your typical tiny house, as you’ll need to lay a foundation and secure the land for your home, but if you live in an area that is vulnerable to storms or fire, these homes can definitely help keep you safe.
Bryn Huntpalmer is a Texas-based writer and the Senior Content Manager for Modernize.com. When she's not writing this mother of two nurtures her HGTV obsession and her love of all things interior design. Additional glimpses into her life can be found on her personal blog Her Own Wings.