Yves Béhar Designs a Line of High-Quality Prefabs Called LivingHomes YB1

                                                <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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;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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Grimshaw Designs a Tiny Home That’s Affordable, Sustainable, and Relocatable

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/grimshaw-designs-a-tiny-home-thats-affordable-sustainable-and-relocatable/grimshaw-nestd-tiny-house-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Grimshaw-Nestd-tiny-house-1-810x680.jpg" alt="Grimshaw Designs a Tiny Home That&#8217;s Affordable, Sustainable, and Relocatable" /></a>
                                <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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Plús Hús Is a 320-Square-Foot Flat-Packed Home by Minarc

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/plus-hus-is-a-320-square-foot-flat-packed-home-by-minarc/minarc-plus-hus-micro-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Minarc-Plus-Hus-micro-1-810x534.jpg" alt="Plús Hús Is a 320-Square-Foot Flat-Packed Home by Minarc" /></a>
                                <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&#8217;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 &#8220;plus house&#8221;. State regulations on ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units), or &#8220;Granny flats&#8221;, have been loosened, meaning tiny houses can exist, which sent LA architectural firm Minarc to the drawing board. Their 16&#8242; x 20&#8242; 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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Live That Luxe Life in a Shipping Container from Cocoon Modules

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/live-that-luxe-life-in-a-shipping-container-from-cocoon-modules/cocoon-modules-coco-mat-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Cocoon-Modules-COCO-MAT-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Live That Luxe Life in a Shipping Container from Cocoon Modules" /></a>
                                Not everyone can turn a shipping container into a place someone would actually like to live but Athens, Greece based <a href="http://www.cocoonmodules.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Cocoon Modules</a> has partnered up with natural mattress brand <a href="https://www.coco-mat.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">COCO-MAT</a> to change that. The container architecture startup takes old shipping containers and creates ideal modern dwellings for nomads, emergency housing, or people looking for a weekend home.
Their idea is to design units that are modular and can be moved if need be, while being outfitted with everything needed when the keys are handed over. Each unit only takes 6 weeks to complete before being delivered to its location making it a much more affordable option than other prefabs. They’re able to keep manufacturing costs up to 50% lower than conventional construction methods. Inside, the unit houses everything one would find in a regular sized home or apartment with plenty of storage and beautiful wood finishes. The large sliding glass
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ESCAPE Homes Unveils a 276-Square-Foot Tiny Home on Wheels

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/escape-homes-unveils-a-276-square-foot-tiny-home-on-wheels/escape-homes-escape-one-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/ESCAPE-Homes-ESCAPE-One-1-810x540.jpg" alt="ESCAPE Homes Unveils a 276-Square-Foot Tiny Home on Wheels" /></a>
                                Whether it&#8217;s to save money or to simplify a lifestyle, more and more people are going small. Luckily there&#8217;s been a rise in tiny home design to meet the demand for it, which has resulted in some really cool and compact living situations that might just make you give up some square footage. <a href="http://www.escapetraveler.net/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">ESCAPE Homes</a> had a <a href="http://design-milk.com/269-square-foot-cottage-wheels/"  rel="noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="internal">&#8220;prairie style&#8221; cottage</a> that we liked before and now they&#8217;ve unveiled one that&#8217;s a little more scaled back than its predecessor but it&#8217;s equally exciting. <a href="http://www.escapetraveler.net/model-one" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">ESCAPE One</a> is a 276-square-foot tiny house on wheels with a rustic yet minimalist interior that can easily sleep four people.
Inside, there’s a simple pine kitchen with an under-the-counter fridge, hidden sink, and stove with shelving above. A large window allows plenty of light to enter the space while giving the interior a more expansive feel. Stairs lead to the sleeping loft and hide a closet
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Getaway: Tiny Houses in the Woods You Can Rent

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/getaway-tiny-houses-in-the-woods-you-can-rent/getaway-1-the-pine-lodge-isidore/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/01/Getaway-1-The-Pine-Lodge-Isidore-810x745.jpg" alt="Getaway: Tiny Houses in the Woods You Can Rent" /></a>
                                The tiny house movement continues to grow as people attempt to downsize their lives and add a bit more freedom back by avoiding high cost mortgages and lots of material possessions. Maybe jumping on the tiny house train is a little scary for you without having tried it out but <a href="https://getaway.house/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Getaway</a> is aiming to change that. The venture-backed startup builds tiny houses, places them on rural plots of land, and then rents them out to those looking for a break or wanting to give them a try. So far, they&#8217;ve got houses up and running outside <a href="https://getaway.house/bookingnewyork/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">New York</a> and <a href="https://getaway.house/bookingnewyork/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Boston</a> with hopefully more to come. If the idea intrigues you, catch Getaway on tonight&#8217;s episode of <a href="http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Shark Tank</a> at 9/8c. In the meantime, check out some of their current accommodations.
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The Pine Lodge (Isidore) \\\ Photo by Roderick Aichinger

The Pine Lodge (Isidore) \\\ Photo by Roderick Aichinger

Salt & Water’s Portable Tiny House Concept

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                                Russian design studio <a href="http://saltandwater.rs/" >Salt &amp; Water</a> has created a tiny house that&#8217;s designed to work within any landscape. The <a href="http://saltandwater.rs/work/tiny-eco-house/" >Tiny Eco-House</a> is a prefabricated concept that&#8217;s only 20 square meters (215 square feet) and constructed of mostly natural materials, like wood.
Salt-Water-Portable-Tiny-House-10 Salt-Water-Portable-Tiny-House-2 The cozy interior provides a comfortable living space that includes a living area, dining room, and a kitchen, along with a bathroom and a sleeping loft. Salt-Water-Portable-Tiny-House-3 Salt-Water-Portable-Tiny-House-4 Outside, there’s a large terrace that gives the feeling of expanding the indoor living space. When not being used, the house can be closed up to protect it from other people, animals, or weather. During the warmer months, the house opens up letting the surrounding landscape be an extension of the house. Salt-Water-Portable-Tiny-House-5 Since it’s a prefab, it doesn’t need any additional construction, but permits for the land may be required. Once it’s delivered, it’s easy to put together. Salt-Water-Portable-Tiny-House-6 While it appears these are
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Best of 2015: Editors’ Faves

Many times our favorite posts just don’t make it into the top 10 best or end-of-year roundups. To revisit our favorites, Jaime, Gregory, and I put together a list from the year and we’re sharing them here. Take a look back. Best of 2015: Editors’ Faves Jaime’s faves: The Tiny Tool Shed Backyard Escape Project
Gregory’s hard work certainly paid off with this amazing outdoor retreat – I hope that I get to enjoy it myself some day! LalaAbaddon-1 Hand-Woven Art That Looks Like Digital Manipulation
Lala Abaddon’s meditative weavings are complex and stunning, but I can’t seem to wrap my brain around how she does it without going mad! Brasiliana-Tile-Collection-1-tribal Brasiliana: Wood Tile That Explores Periods of Brazilian History
These are some of the most beautiful tiles I’ve ever seen. Where-I-Work-Karim-Rashid-8 Where I Work: Karim Rashid
DREAM OFFICE. Caroline’s faves: Leo-Qvarsebo-Triangular-Villa-1 An Architect’s Triangular Villa in Västerbyn, Sweden
Despite its modest size and triangular shape, the interior is spacious and
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Best of 2015: Editors’ Faves

Many times our favorite posts just don’t make it into the top 10 best or end-of-year roundups. To revisit our favorites, Jaime, Gregory, and I put together a list from the year and we’re sharing them here. Take a look back. Best of 2015: Editors’ Faves Jaime’s faves: The Tiny Tool Shed Backyard Escape Project
Gregory’s hard work certainly paid off with this amazing outdoor retreat – I hope that I get to enjoy it myself some day! LalaAbaddon-1 Hand-Woven Art That Looks Like Digital Manipulation
Lala Abaddon’s meditative weavings are complex and stunning, but I can’t seem to wrap my brain around how she does it without going mad! Brasiliana-Tile-Collection-1-tribal Brasiliana: Wood Tile That Explores Periods of Brazilian History
These are some of the most beautiful tiles I’ve ever seen. Where-I-Work-Karim-Rashid-8 Where I Work: Karim Rashid
DREAM OFFICE. Caroline’s faves: Leo-Qvarsebo-Triangular-Villa-1 An Architect’s Triangular Villa in Västerbyn, Sweden
Despite its modest size and triangular shape, the interior is spacious and
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Best Architecture Posts of 2015

From a look at tiny living to cleverly designed lofts, to convertible interiors to incredible single-family homes, we hopped around the world to showcase some of the most incredible architecture projects we could find. Take a look back at the top 10 Architecture posts we featured in 2015. Best Architecture Posts of 2015 10. YO! Home Is a Convertible Apartment Concept
YO! Home is a mind-blowing convertible apartment that’s an affordable concept high on style and design while being smart about space. Open-Eichler-Home-Klopf-Architecture-1 9. An Open Eichler Home by Klopf Architecture
A classic open, indoor/outdoor Eichler home was expanded upon by extending the original walls of glass making even more of a connection to outside. Getaway-Tiny-Homes-Living 8. Modern Inspiration for Small Space Living
Not only is living small advantageous from a financial + environment perspective, but it’s also a way to live with just the things you need. ESCAPEHomes-ESCAPE-Traveler-vacation-home-19 7. A 269 Square Foot Cottage on Wheels
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The Tiny Tool Shed Backyard Escape Project

The Tiny Tool Shed Backyard Escape Project After years of apartment living in Los Angeles, my wife and I moved into a small home tucked inside a tree sheltered canyon in the neighborhood of Mt. Washington, CA. It’s a small 1930’s multi-level home with an unusual floor plan, the sort of home with quirks that elicit responses like “whoa!” and “that’s weird, but cool”. We’re still figuring out the interior, but inspired by Jaime and her backyard project, we’ve turned our attention outward to all of the possibilities presented by our own slice of North East LA.
The furthest side of our backyard offered an elevated spot to build from.

The furthest side of our backyard offered an elevated spot and a blank canvas for an assortment of ideas.

Our backyard abuts against a steep hillside, shaded by a canopy of native black walnut and mature citrus trees, a section where the hill with the greenery make our yard feel secluded from the world. The previous tenants left a flattened
The Handy Home Products Majestic shed would be the foundation for our backyard project.
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The prefabricated shed nearly halfway completed. Each piece is pre-cut for easier assembly.
Unexpected rainfall and uninvited critters required covering up the openings overnight as we opened up the shed side wall.
Why had I never invested in a paint sprayer until now? Such a satisfying feeling...
"Measure twice, cut once!"
Palermo Chair by The Citizenry
Pedestal and planter by Eric Trine; Modernica Case Study Ceramic Cylinder.
MFEO Troika reclaimed wood mirror; Aventurine Mix prints by Hamish Robertson.
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The dark wood flooring looks especially dramatic as the sun begins sinking below our hillside horizon, changing from a warmer oak hue to the deep "coffee" hue the style is named after.
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Modern Inspiration for Small Space Living

The following post is brought to you by MakeSpace. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design. Modern Inspiration for Small Space Living A few weeks ago I finally managed to read a book that’s been making the rounds on the international bestseller lists for the past year—The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. Three days later, I had managed to donate four boxes of books, six bags to the Goodwill and recycled four bags of papers. Being relatively unsentimental when it comes to things, the volume of clutter that I managed to rid myself of, was astounding. The difference between this book and anything else I’ve tried was that Kondo suggests that rather than deciding what you should get rid of, look at your things and decide what you want to keep (or as she says, brings
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