<a href="https://design-milk.com/yves-behar-designs-a-line-of-high-quality-prefabs-called-livinghomes-yb1/yves-behar-livinghomes-yb1-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/11/Yves-Behar-LivingHomes-YB1-1-810x421.jpg" alt="Yves Béhar Designs a Line of High-Quality Prefabs Called LivingHomes YB1" /></a>
Tiny home options continue to grow in popularity thanks to high housing costs and lack of space for new ones to be built. California especially falls into this category causing great interest in building Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) to rent out for extra income or for aging parents, adult children, students, or someone just starting out. Thanks to updates to California’s housing laws, new design ideas are popping up, including a collaboration between Swiss designer <a href="https://fuseproject.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Yves Béhar</a> and <a href="https://www.plantprefab.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Plant Prefab</a> that’s bringing <a href="https://www.plantprefab.com/models/15" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">LivingHomes YB1</a> to life. LivingHomes YB1 was recently unveiled at the Summit festival in Los Angeles displaying an example of high-quality, design-focused prefab and what’s possible for the future.
We are incredibly excited to partner with Yves Béhar on his first home product for a really critical, fast growing segment in housing: ADUs/Tiny Homes. Yves is one of the top designers in the world and the YB1, the
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<a href="https://grimshaw.global/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Grimshaw</a> recently went small for a very good cause – preventing youth homelessness. The architecture practice designed its first tiny home for <a href="https://nestdhomes.com.au/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Nestd<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.4/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /></a>, a charitable organization of <a href="https://www.kuc.org.au/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kids Under Cover</a> that supports homeless youth in Australia. <a href="https://grimshaw.global/projects/the-peak/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">The Peak</a>, which spans 32.5-square-meters, is one of three tiny homes available and the prefab unit was designed to be affordable, sustainable, and able to move to a new location, all while containing everything one would need in a modern home.
The single-story house feels much larger thanks to a double-height corner entrance that’s outfitted with large windows that let in lots of natural light.
The exterior is clad in dark metal wall cladding and sustainably sourced timber LVL which offers a classic modern contrast.
Inside, the surfaces are clad in a natural finished wood for a warm, timeless finish. A cube-like structure houses a kitchen, bathroom, laundry, bedroom, and seating
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When it comes to building homes, size matters. And while others might subscribe to the idea that bigger is better, tiny houses are making a huge impact on the housing market. From tiny house buying TV shows to builders specializing in tiny homes, extreme downsizing is shaking up real estate. Building a tiny home on the cheap can definitely seem like a smart swap, but what’s the process really
Before you start dreaming small, do your research. What may seem like your ticket to financial freedom might be more expensive than you thought. In some cases, a tiny home can become a big pain. Understanding the process from start to finish can help you decide if a tiny home should be part of your future.
Before you dive headfirst into all things tiny, do some due
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<a href="http://minarc.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Minarc</a> has thrown their hat into the ring with their answer to California’s housing crisis – the <a href="http://www.theplushus.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Plús Hús</a>, which is Icelandic for “plus house”. State regulations on ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units), or “Granny flats”, have been loosened, meaning tiny houses can exist, which sent LA architectural firm Minarc to the drawing board. Their 16′ x 20′ structures are detached private units that are completely customizable allowing the buyer to use them for personal use or to turn into a rental. The Icelandic-inspired homes come flat-packed helping to reduce the cost of your future home office, guest house, rental apartment, yoga studio, or artist space.
The designers behind Minarc are Icelandic who bring their native country’s minimalist ideals to the forefront of their designs. The efficient structures are built using mnmMOD
, a sustainable no-wood prefab panel system that’s built with 30% recycled material and are energy efficient. Each
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p style="vertical-align: baseline; margin: 0in 0in 21.0pt 0in;">Have you been thinking about a tiny home, but not sure if you’re ready to make the leap? Now you can try your hand at living in a tiny home before you commit to this lifestyle change. Escape Homes,
a company based out of Wisconsin, lets you rent tiny homes for an evening, or up to several days, to see if it’s the right fit for you.
They offer their service in several locations around the United States: you can spend a few days in the relaxing wilderness of Oregon or in the bustling center of Charlotte, North Carolina. Some units offer transportation so that you can choose your temporary backyard while you test the house.
While the homes are compact, the amenities are quite comfortable: many models come with a wet bar and full bath. If you do decide to make the switch, your custom built home can be
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Tiny houses across the country are showing that big style can be effortless in a small living space, like in this floating home just outside Vancouver’s central business district. Its picture-perfect nautical look includes port hole windows and bright red and blue accents.
Inside, several thematic pieces of artwork, like a red and blue sailboat and a textured red canvas, continue the nautical feel of the space and accentuate the room’s high ceilings. The look is also echoed in tiny details like a bright red tea kettle and knotted rope print bed sheets.
The 300 square-foot space is highly efficient. The kitchen has everything you need with an oven, stove, sink, fridge, and toaster, as well as chic space-savers like a magnetic knife strip. The sitting room combines comfy chairs with a small dining table and bright red stools. It also has a full bathroom and lofted
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Local design studio Anne Rolland Architecte took on the ambitious task of converting a 17th-century horse stable into a small studio apartment in Paris, France.
The former stables were associated with a townhouse in Paris dating back to the 1600s, and had been left vacant and abandoned for more than 70 years. For this cozy 254-square-foot studio apartment, the task of making the tight space livable required the architect to think creatively to accommodate all of the necessities for apartment living.
Even though the space is tiny, all the essentials including a kitchen, full bathroom, lofted sleeping space and workspace are built into the design through the use of a partition. There are also custom-designed features for optimal organization and storage including shelves, drawers and cabinetry. The exposed stone walls covering the interior and colorful tiles in the bathroom are a nod to this studio’s rustic roots.
p class="p2">Through the course of renovations,
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This tiny modern cabin by Lund Hagem Architects
was built among large rocks and dense vegetation in Sandefjord, Norway. The 322-square-foot retreat, an extension of an existing home on the site, replaces two old sheds.
The stepped, ramped roof allows the owners to climb atop the dwelling to contemplate distant sea views. Leading to the white concrete roof is a footpath that runs along the meandering wooded area on the site.
“The building occupies a small footprint, but the space expands vertically into three levels: the basement, the ground floor and the roof,” the architects said. “The annex contains a suspended bed, a small living space and a bathroom.”
A cozy atrium, the social core of the project, features a fireplace and walls of glass. The inclined ceiling, covered with woven oak strips, masks joints and adds a rustic touch. Out back is a small terrace with an outdoor fireplace.
A design highlight is the custom-built concrete bench/table, which
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Architecture Open Form
recently completed the redesign of LeJeune Residence
, a circa-1890s home in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough of Montreal, Quebec.
Optimizing the 835-square-foot interior was a crucial part of the design process. In addition, the owners’ vision and lifestyle called for open living spaces on the ground floor and the interaction of the interior with the backyard.
“The owners’ desire to ‘live outside’ during the warmer seasons led to the extension of the interior living spaces onto a terrace that was designed with the same attention to comfort and quality as the home’s interior,” the architects said.
Instead of a typical dining room, there is an open area between the kitchen, living room and terrace. The furniture is tailored to the occupants’ needs.
The home’s two-story entryway, lit by a sculptural light fixture, welcomes visitors with an illusion of grandeur. The black library acts as a transition between the entrance and
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Like many rapidly gentrifying urban areas, New Orleans is facing a crisis: In a city where lots of people want to live, where do you find space for single-family starter homes?
Fortunately, with crisis comes opportunity. Hundreds of unclaimed and unwanted odd lots end up between, behind and adjacent to existing and new construction. These lots, previously deemed too awkwardly shaped for anything but weeds, are being put to use in an innovative way by narrow, tall and surprisingly beautiful Starter Home*
concept houses, developed by architecture firm OJT
While only 10 feet wide, this Starter Home* makes good use of the neighborhood’s zoning laws with a sweeping 40-foot-high roofline tall enough to accommodate two bedrooms and three floors. Clean interior finishes such as hardwood and polished concrete work with floor-to-ceiling windows to invite light into the home, giving the space an expansive feel despite its narrow footprint.
French doors open onto
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