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The Sea and Sky Cottage in Cape Breton Island | Gorgeous Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Jul 23, 2017
The Cape Breton landscape is dotted with small gable-roofed houses, often shingled and with minimal roof overhangs. The Sea and Sky Cottage was designed by architect Craig Applegath and artist Stewart Applegath to resemble those vernacular houses. However instead of the small, closed-off rooms that would be found in older houses, this updated version has an open floor plan and a ceiling that vaults up to the roof ridge.

The cottage sits on an exposed grassy bluff with sweeping views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Bright red shutters protect the windows from the storms that regularly sweep in from the Gulf, bringing winds of up to 130 km/hour.

The main floor of the 860 ft2 (79.9 m2) cottage has an eat-in kitchen at one end and the living area at the other. A bank of tall windows in the corner of living room offers a stunning vista of the ocean, with passing whales and lobster boats on view. Stairs placed against one of the long walls lead up to the only bedroom, a large lofted space overlooking the living area. The bathroom is located next to the entrance, partly under the staircase.

Pine was used extensively for the inside finishes. Maritime-style white-painted horizontal boards cover the walls, the ceilings are pine tongue and groove with a clear finish, and the floors feature wide pine planks. Exposed beams and rafters add a lot of architectural character to the interior. Heating is provided by a woodstove placed in the center of the small floor plan, and there is also electric baseboard heat.

The Sea and Sky Cottage can be rented for vacation stays through HomeAway.

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This Is A Eco Friendly Houses in Romania | Absolutely Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Jul 22, 2017
The Soleta zeroEnergy is a new family of modular eco-friendly houses by the Justin Capra Foundation for Inventions and Sustainable Technologies (FITS) in Romania. FITS set out to design flexible homes that would be affordable, both in terms of the initial purchase price and ongoing operating costs. The houses combine proven, practical strategies with leading edge technologies. Shown here is a prototype of the Soleta zeroEnergy One, the smallest home in the lineup.

The Soleta zeroEnergy has an unusual gambrel roof design that is more commonly associated with farm buildings and airplane hangars than houses. But unlike those utilitarian structures, the zeroEnergy One is covered in wood shingles, has huge windows on the side and gable end, and has massive wood pergolas shading those windows.

The somewhat utilitarian appearance notwithstanding, the zeroEnergy One looks to be quite cozy inside, with exposed beams and wood finishes. The glue-laminated wood support arches leave the interior free of bearing walls or columns. The ground floor is 48 m2 (517 ft2), though the usable area will be slightly less due to the sloping sidewalls. Upstairs (with the stairs being a set of giant steps that double as storage cabinets) is a 9 m2 (97 ft2) lofted bedroom.

The FITS team hopes that purchasers will pair the zeroEnergy homes with some form of renewable energy system in order to actually achieve net zero energy use on an annual basis. However, even if one is hooked up to standard utility services, it will still use those services sparingly. Large high-performance windows make good use of available daylight for illumination, and when artificial light is needed, it is supplied by low-power LED fixtures.

The houses are designed to use natural ventilation when the weather is warm. For cool weather they have heat recovery ventilators that extract the heat from exhaust air. To maximize energy savings, an intelligent control system continually monitors the energy use, climate and air quality. When the residents are away from home, they can operate the system remotely using a mobile phone. As well, a rainwater collection and treatment system is provided.

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A Wedge Shaped Home In The Forest Near Habuka, Japanese | Great Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Jul 26, 2017
This small house occupies a clearing in the forest near the Habuka ski area in the Japanese Alps. The wedge-shaped home was designed by architect Satoshi Irei to be used as a ski cabin. The Habuka mountain retreat is a modest dwelling but it is well-built and provides its occupants with warmth and shelter from the winter weather. It features an exposed timber frame that was finely crafted by builder Mori no Koubou.

The house has one bedroom plus a loft in approximately 54.5 m2 (590 ft2) for the two levels combined. The front door, protected by a good-sized entry porch, leads to an entry foyer with plenty of space for leaving coats and boots to dry. It also serves as a workroom for the owners to tune up their skis. The entry leads on to the compact living and dining room with adjacent kitchen. At the far end is a short hallway providing access to the bedroom and bathroom. The roof of the house slopes up from the entry in a single plane, giving the living areas a high ceiling and making room for a loft over the bedroom and bathroom.

The interior is given warmth by all the exposed woodwork, including the timber frame and custom built-in shelving units in both the living room and bedroom. The kitchen was likewise custom-built by the builder. The living room has a large view window that spans the width of the room, but sliding shoji screens and wood shutters offer a choice of privacy levels. The small home is well-insulated and can be heated by a small wood stove.

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An 85 Year Old Cottage Located On The Windswept Coast Of Cornwall | Small House Design
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Published on Jul 27, 2017
This snug retreat provides a secluded escape for lovers. The 85 year old cottage is located on a remote cove on the rugged windswept coast of Cornwall. The Beach Hut was a teahouse when first built in the 1920’s, but had not been occupied for years and was terribly run-down when purchased by the current owners. They undertook a sympathetic restoration, preserving what they could and only introducing new materials that were compatible with the old. The original character is on display with clapboard siding, a stone chimney, and a weathered porch that overlooks the cove.

The original floor plan divided the 510 ft2 (about 47 m2) cottage into small dark rooms. Removing all the interior walls created one open room encompassing cooking, living and sleeping. Wide cedar plank floors, painted board paneling and handmade furniture make for a comfortable and casual interior. The vaulted ceiling and walls are finished with square-edged boards, leaving slight gaps as the boards dried and shrunk and giving the Beach Hut a simple, rustic feel in keeping with its straightforward wooden construction.

Running water and electricity were brought to the cottage when it was restored. There is electric heating to keep the Beach Hut comfortable on chilly nights, but lovebirds might prefer to snuggle in front of the woodstove. A small addition to the back of the cottage houses the new bathroom, its door next to the woodstove.

A lot of people would say that a 510 ft2 dwelling would be way too small for them. But after a stay in the Beach Hut, surrounded by the wild Cornish coastal landscape, storm-watching from the porch and being lulled to sleep by the rhythmic crashing of waves on the beach, many of them might not want to leave.

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A Craftsman Style Laneway House | Lanefab | Charming Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Jul 28, 2017
This shingled laneway cottage in Vancouver, Canada is the work of Lanefab Design/Build. A few months ago we looked at another of their projects, an energy-efficient home with Mid-Century Modern styling. This one sits in a neighborhood of heritage Craftsman and Edwardian houses, and so architect Bryn Davidson designed it to fit in, giving it a gabled roof, eaves brackets, shingle siding and appropriate windows. The cool gray paint is nicely balanced by the wood doors, porch post, soffits and fence.

The ground floor is taken up by the open plan living space. The floor plan is somewhat L-shaped, which gives the kitchen a bit of separation from the sitting area. Patio doors lead from the sitting area to a private patio at the side of the house. The main entrance door opens into a small entry alcove to the side of the living area, providing a bit more privacy. The entry alcove even has a coat closet, something which is too often omitted from small house plans.

The bedrooms and bathroom are on the upper floor. Both bedrooms have a cozy feel with vaulted ceilings that slope down low to the floor. An intersecting gable and exposed beams add architectural interest to one of the bedrooms while a skylight brightens the other. Altogether, the laneway house has 1,050 ft2 (97.5 m2) of floor space, which includes roughly 200 ft2 (18.5 m2) for the garage.

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This is small townhouse in the Danish port town of Holbæk | Absolutely Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Jul 24, 2017
This small townhouse is located on an alley near the center of the Danish port town of Holbæk. It was built in 1894 and has been modernized since then. With only 49 m2 (527 ft2) over two levels to work with, the owners have used a number of tricks to get maximum utility from the small floor plan.

The front door opens into a narrow stair hall. The hall proceeds straight ahead to the kitchen, but it is such a tight squeeze past the stairs that it hardly qualifies as a hallway. Possibly the stairs were updated to meet current building standards at some point, with the original stairs being narrower than the current ones. With that being the case, the hallway seems to be used mostly as a storage space with the main circulation path to the kitchen cutting to the left through the living and dining rooms.

The living room and adjacent dining room are both a comfortable size. Windows at either end keep the space bright. Although the home now has in-floor radiant heating on the lower level, there is also a small woodstove. With limited wall space, the owners mounted their TV next to the woodstove. Heat will reduce the lifetime of electronics, so they also installed a vertical copper heat shield between the stove and the TV. The compact kitchen maximizes storage with drawers in the toe-kick space and a rod mounted across the window for hanging utensils. The back door off the kitchen leads to a stone-paved patio in the backyard. A shed along one side houses the laundry.

The upstairs consists of a main room with exposed beams and a three-piece bathroom with shower. The owners used a free-standing closet and storage cabinet to divide the space into a bedroom and a home office area. To get a bit more usable space, they replaced part of the guardrail with a dresser that overhangs the stairway opening.

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Living Large In A Small Houses | Small House Design
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Published on Jul 29, 2017
Today’s article on cohousing communities was contributed by Alyse Nelson of Sightline Institute. We hope you enjoy the article and the two galleries that follow!

Cohousing: Living large in small houses

The small house movement has grown dramatically as the housing crisis and economic recession has hit the United States. There are many reasons small home dwellers have selected less square footage: some hope to save money on housing; others are trying to “live green” in a smaller space; some are trading living space for a neighborhood they love; and others want to live closer to family or friends.

Jay Shafer, a co-owner of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, told the BBC: “People are thinking more about what really is a luxury now. Is it a 30-year mortgage, or is it just living simply and having the time to do more of what you want? And I think a lot of people are starting to really change their idea of the American Dream.”

But the question remains: Does living in less space mean giving up on a larger life? A small home can save you cash but if you don’t have room for your hobbies – playing a musical instrument, baking cookies for your child’s classmates, creating furniture with your tools – the monetary savings might not seem worth it. This may mean small houses appeal to only a minority of the population.

There is a solution that allows many individuals and families to choose small houses while living a larger life – the “cohousing” model, where smaller individual homes are coupled with shared community spaces. These spaces might include a shared kitchen, laundry facilities, tool shop, studio space, gardens, and bicycle and kayak storage. Lina Menard, a small-house dweller and blogger, writes: “People who lived in a tiny house community would have access to all these things, but they wouldn’t have to own all these things themselves.”

Cohousing is a unique type of housing style – it’s a community where “residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods,” according to The Cohousing Association of the United States. Like condominium or apartment communities, residents share access to common facilities. But the sharing doesn’t end there – cohousing communities typically feature a common house with shared kitchen and dining areas. The residents also take a more active role in shaping their community, typically including dinners together a few nights a week, work parties to maintain their property, and resident meetings to make group decisions.

Small home communities are starting to become a reality in Portland, Oregon. Eli Spevak, owner of Orange Splot LLC, has developed several innovative housing projects in Portland. “My goal is to keep modeling new ways of providing affordable, community-oriented houses,” Spevak told The Oregonian. Taking advantage of Portland’s accessory dwelling unit regulations, several interesting developments have combined elements of small-home living with community – creating intentional, small-home developments.

Ruth’s Garden Cottages sits in a neighborhood in Northeast Portland. The project blends into the existing single-family neighborhood. Spevak took an existing 50-foot by 100-foot lot and added two small accessory structures to the side of an existing 800 ft2 (74.3 m2) home. The home has an attic bedroom and a full kitchen on the main floor that is shared among the site’s residents. There is also a courtyard, covered bicycle parking, and a 50-foot front yard garden.

The cottages may be less than 200 ft2 (18.6 m2), but they provide the necessities for residents – including a shower, micro-kitchen, sleeping loft, and a well-proportioned front porch.

Small living in a community means that the site’s residents get to share some special amenities. At the Ruth’s Garden Cottages, that includes covered bicycle storage, a rainwater harvesting system, a courtyard, and an outdoor fireplace.

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How Our Tiny Home Was Delivered and Set Up - Look At This Off Grid Tiny Cabin!
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Published on Jul 31, 2017
Today is an amazing day. Our 12x32 tiny home was delivered and set up. We want to show you how a tiny home comes from the factory where they are hand made and how they arrive at your site, ready to be finished and moved in to in as little as a week.

In today's video Kelley and I talk about our goals with the tiny home, what kind of solar setup we will be using, how we'll setup our propane stove, freezer, and commercial sink and why we chose this tiny house instead of building one of our own.

In all though, we want to show you that it is possible! You can purchase a piece of land either outright or on payments and you can get a tiny home without credit, delivered to your land where you and your family can begin an off grid adventure of your own!

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This Family Cabin Is Nestled At The Top Of Vardehaugen | Small House Design
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Published on Aug 1, 2017
This family cabin is nestled at the top of Vardehaugen, a large rock outcrop overlooking a fjord in central Norway. The cabin has an angular jagged form that nicely complements its rugged setting. Its location 35 m above sea level gives it panoramic views of the surrounding landscape but also exposes it to the harsh coastal weather.

Architecture studio Fantastic Norway gave the cabin long, narrow floor plan and then bent it into a rough horseshoe shape. The architects compare it to a fox curled up for protection from the wind, an appropriate analogy as the resulting courtyard provides the residents with a sheltered outdoor space. The roof folds down and drops to ground level to help deflect the wind and protect the more exposed building faces. The black roof and wall sections are covered with treated pine boards applied vertically. At the entrances to the cabin, the rough black protective shell is cut away to reveal an “inner” wall of white painted horizontal siding.

The 77 m2 (829 ft2) cabin has three bedrooms, one of which is in a separate sleeping cabin immediately adjacent to the main cabin. The bedroom wing is tucked against a ridge of rock at the back of the property, while at the other end the living room stretches out toward the fjord, offering water views in three directions. The kitchen, dining room and living room are open to each other, but the curve of the cabin’s floor plan restricts views through the space, offering a nice compromise between being completely open and having separate rooms. The irregular shape creates cozy nooks and crannies within the larger space.

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Video Tour of a 1-Bedroom Furnished Apartment in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York
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Published on Mar 13, 2014
Hello and welcome to another New York Habitat (www.nyhabitat.com) furnished apartment video tour! Today we take you to a chic 1-bedroom brownstone apartment in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. For more information, click here: http://www.nyhabitat.com/new-york-apa...

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This charismatic 1-bedroom accommodation is located in the ultra-trendy New York neighborhood of Fort Greene, Brooklyn on the 2nd floor (considered 1st in Europe) of a 4-story prewar walk-up brownstone townhouse. The townhouse includes a buzz-in intercom security system and a shared laundry room.

Hard wood floors, exposed brick walls and high ceilings make up this comfortable abode, citing prewar qualities mixed with contemporary accessories. Convenient amenities include a flat-screen television with DVD player, king-sized bed, ample seating space and a fully-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher for utmost ease. Closet space is available in the bedroom.

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Fort Greene, Brooklyn is a highly fashionable area of Brooklyn near Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights. Not far from the lively energy of Manhattan, this community embraces a more laid-back ambiance. On weekends, it offers its own farmers market in Fort Greene Park. The famous outdoor flea market Brooklyn Flea is also in the area, offering great food and vintage finds. Other fun destinations within walking distance include Brooklyn Academy of Music (lovingly called BAM by locals), French restaurant Chez Lola and popular bar Brooklyn Public House, known for their large selection of beer!

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A Tiny Beach Cottage Nestled Into Seaside Cliff | Absolutely Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Aug 4, 2017
Nestled into a seaside cliff in Cornwall, The Edge is a tiny beach cottage with huge views. A breath-taking vista of the Atlantic Ocean and coastline can be enjoyed from its deck.

It was designed by local Cornwall architect Bob Woffenden with interior decor by the owners. The Edge has one bedroom in just 30 m2 (320 ft2) of floorspace

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A Small Wooden House In A Kyoto Suburb | Kazuya Morita | Small House Design
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Published on Aug 2, 2017
This small house in a suburb of Kyoto was designed by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio. The house appears ordinary at first glance, with its simple rectangular form and gabled roof, but it was designed with attention to detail and quality materials. The house has real wood siding, which is quite rare to see on new houses in Japan these days. With land being very expensive, many homebuilders try to cut costs by using cheaper exterior finishes. By building smaller, you can use some of the savings to splurge on a better grade of finishes and fixtures.

The house has a traditional Japanese entry sequence with a front door that slides open and leads to the genkan, a sunken area for removing shoes. However the architect incorporated an unexpected element into this traditional entry. You have to look closely to see it in the photo above, but the front stoop is sheltered by a very modernist metal plate jutting straight out of the wall.

Adjacent to the genkan is the living room whose vaulted ceiling opens the space up to the upper floor. The architect designed the high ceiling to assist with cooling and heating. During hot weather, a skylight at the peak can be opened to exhaust warm air out the top of the house while drawing in cooler air at ground level. In winter, heat from the living room’s wood stove is able to freely circulate up to the second floor sleeping area. The living room window is very high in the wall, located there by the architect for a good reason: It offers a vista of mountains and sky while blocking views of (and from) the houses across the street.

Wood was also used extensively on the inside. The living area features a large peeled log supporting the upper floor and extending up to the ceiling. The interior combines several very different types of wood to good effect, as seen below: a rustic-looking wood with lots of knots on the floor; a refined straight-grained and blemish-free wood for the doors, trim and cabinetry; and, a wood with large tonal variations that gives the ceiling a striped look. It’s like wearing stripes with plaid and managing to pull it off.

The downstairs also has an eat-in kitchen and an office area. The bathroom, located behind the kitchen, offers both a shower area and bathtub. A window was placed so that bathers can enjoy the view while soaking in the tub. The house is currently configured with one large bedroom upstairs. However the bedroom was provided with two doors so that it can be divided into two smaller bedrooms if the need arises.

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Solar Laneway House Design by Lanefab Design/Build | Amazing Small House Design
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Published on Aug 4, 2017
Lanefab Design/Build recently completed this energy-efficient laneway house with Mid-Century Modern styling. “Laneway house” is the term used in Vancouver, British Columbia for a second small house built in the backyard of an existing house, what would be called an accessory dwelling unit in many cities. Vancouver allows laneway houses to be built on residential lots at least 10 m wide where the back of the lot is serviced by an alley. Most residential lots in Vancouver meet those criteria.

The house is 70 m2 (753 ft2), the maximum allowed under Vancouver’s regulations governing laneway houses. Not included in that figure is the garage, which is fully insulated and finished. The upper floor is stepped back from the sides of the house as the regulations limit it to 60% of the ground floor area. The 60% rule is intended to reduce the visual bulk of laneway houses and minimize the effect of shadowing on the neighboring properties.

The main floor living area is one large open room with the kitchen along one wall. The south wall consists of a mostly glass folding door system that opens the whole space up to the adjacent patio. Upstairs is the bedroom, a good-sized bathroom, and the laundry. Windows high in the wall provide light and a view of the sky while maintaining privacy. The bedroom also has south-facing glass doors leading to a small rooftop deck.

There is a second bathroom on the lower level, complete with shower, but it is unusual in that it is accessed from the garage. Remember though that the garage is insulated and finished. As the owners of the property intended to move into the laneway house themselves, they likely had a specific reason for the unorthodox bathroom configuration. It might be, for example, that they plan to use the garage as some kind of workshop and want to be able to clean up before entering the main living area. If you are planning to live in your house for a long time, it makes sense to design it for your own specific needs rather than following convention. For a more traditional powder room, you could eliminate the shower and move the door to that end, which would provide plenty of privacy for guests.

The house is very well insulated and has triple-glazed windows. It was constructed from structural insulated panels that were prefabricated off-site. The south-facing glass doors provide for substantial passive solar heat gain, which is absorbed by the concrete floors on both levels. The combination of very high insulation levels and passive solar heating resulted in a house that requires very little energy to operate. With the addition of rooftop photovoltaic panels for generating electricity, the house is able to generate as much energy over the course of a year as it uses, making it a “net-zero” or “zero-energy building“. Other green features include LED lighting, heat recovery from both ventilation air and waste water, and a rainwater collection system for irrigation.

If you enjoyed this article, have a look at some of the other accessory dwelling units we’ve covered.

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Lodge at the foot of the Georgian Peaks Mountain, Ontario, Canada

Contributed by David Pantaleo:

“When I purchased this cabin it was deemed as a teardown. While no one else saw the potential, I jumped on the opportunity to save the cabin and I immediately began sprucing the place up. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on some original photos of the man who built the cabin from the 1960s which gave me an idea of what the land and original cabin looked like. Aside from the functional repairs, I decided I would restore the property to its original glory — how the original owner may have intended it to look. After six months of improvements, my labour of love had paid off — I named the cabin ‘Pantalodge’ (after my last name) and claim it as my own. Most of the improvements were made to the interior and were subtle and respected the original integrity of the log cabin, but one of the greatest improvements that I made was creating a stronger relationship between cabin and land; this was achieved through landscape embellishments and opening up some of the original views of the surrounding Blue Mountains.”
 

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The Hermitage Sykaminea is located in an olive grove on the slope of Mount Lepetymnos, the highest mountain on Lesvos, Greece

Agricultural storage houses that are built by farmers on the island served as model for the Hermitage. The house adapts the structure of the terraces of the olive grove. Thus, the interior, which consists of one room, is divided into three levels. From the window front you can see all the way over the sea to Turkey.

The orientation of the wood house was set so that in the summer a pleasant climate reigns in it. The wind coming mainly from north passes through the large doors, which are oriented towards north-south. The shutters provide shade. In winter the insulated walls keep the heat of the wood stove.

The power supply uses 230V, supplied by batteries recharged by a photovoltaic system.

The Hermitage gets water from the village of Sykaminea, which gets its water from a groundwater well. Water consumption at the Hermitage is a conscious process. Because there is no running water, you have to carry fresh water in and wastewater out, so you treat water more carefully. Wastewater is used to water the herb garden next to the house.
 

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A Tour of 1352 Lofts, A Philadelphia Condominium Building
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Published on Oct 11, 2013
1352 Lofts is a very unique residential property. Located in Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts district, 1352 Lofts offer its residents a location within one of the most culturally rich areas in Center City. Everything from Philadelphia's iconic theaters, dance companies, and museums are right around the corner. Coupled with a vast variety of boutiques and restaurants, you will find that 1352 Lofts is right in the center of Center City,Philadelphia.

If you want to be in the center of it all, please don't hesitate to contact us for unit availability.

The 1352 Loft units are a combination of flats and bi-level units ranging in size from approximately 1,150 SF to 2,400 SF. All 1352 Loft units feature luxurious amenities including high-ceilings, hardwood floors, outdoor terraces, luxury baths and European-style gourmet kitchens.
 

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$1000 STUDIO APARTMENT IN CENTER CITY PHILADELPHIA
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Arts & Crafts Bungalow In Portland, Oregon | Amazing Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Aug 5, 2017
This charming bungalow home is to be found in the Alberta Arts District of Portland, Oregon. Alberta Arts is a funky neighborhood known for its artist community. The area has been gentrifying in recent years, with many of the older houses being spruced up or completely remodeled. This one was built in 1912 and was extensively renovated a few years ago. It features the exposed rafter tails, broad eaves supported by knee braces, and decorated porch structure that are hallmarks of the Arts & Crafts bungalow style.

The small house has 1,044 ft2 (97 m2) plus a finished basement “bonus” room. There are two bedrooms, one on the main floor and one upstairs tucked under the roof. A new kitchen features cabinetry built from reclaimed Douglas Fir and a countertop that was salvaged from a bakery.

The living area has a large arched opening separating the living room from the dining room. Small Arts & Crafts bungalows typically use some kind of large cased opening to set off the dining and seating areas in what is essentially one modestly-sized space. Dividing up the room may seem like it would make the spaces feel smaller, but in fact the framed opening creates the perception of added depth. The key is to make the opening large, almost the width of the room, so that it doesn’t actually close off either space.

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The Romantic Waterfall Cottage in Wales | Amazing Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Aug 5, 2017
Waterfall Cottage is a 200 year old stone cottage within the Brecon Beacons National Park of Mid Wales. Once part of a large estate, the cottage overlooks a beautiful waterfall and is surrounded by a mix of woodlands and pasture.

The cozy living room features a beamed ceiling and a wood stove. The living room and kitchen have gorgeous wood floors (more easily seen in the kitchen photo in the gallery). The cottage has two decent-sized bedrooms, one on the main level and one upstairs.

One problem with older cottages is that they almost always have layouts that are awkward for modern living, with small closed-off rooms and poor circulation. Waterfall Cottage has a floor plan that is extremely inconvenient as getting from the upstairs bedroom to the downstairs bathroom requires a long tour of the entire ground floor. There is an alcove in the living room that looks like it was once a doorway, but it was likely blocked off in order to make the downstairs bedroom larger. As a result, the small kitchen has become the main hallway for getting anywhere in the cottage. We would move the bathroom to the upper stair landing. Then the space gained downstairs could be used to improve the circulation and enlarge the cramped dining room.

If you owned this small cottage, what would you do to improve it? The comments are open.

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"Eel’s Nest" A Small Modern House In Los Angeles, California | Adorable Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Aug 5, 2017
The Eel’s Nest is a small modern house in Los Angeles, California, built on a steep and tiny lot of 15′ by 52′ (about 4.6 m by 15.8 m). It’s not uncommon to find rowhouses built on similarly-sized lots in some North American cities, but lots that small are extremely rare in Los Angeles. The name “Eel’s Nest” comes from the term used in Japan to describe very narrow building lots.

As the property is located in a neighborhood that is starting to densify with townhouses and small apartment buildings, architect Simon Storey of Anonymous Architects applied to the city for planning permission to build an extra story in height. With permission granted, the architect designed a house that stretches vertically and from lot line to lot line, achieving the maximum possible floor area. It has 960 ft2 (89.2 m2) over two floors, plus a garage tucked below. The lack of side setbacks did necessitate the use of a fire-rated exterior finish, for which Storey chose cement plaster.

The lack of setbacks also meant that there could be no windows in the sidewalls, and so Storey designed the house to take maximum advantage of the available daylight. The open living area is on the first level above the garage with the kitchen at the back of the house. However the kitchen is placed against a sidewall so as to leave room for a large patio door and not block any light. The patio door leads to a small terraced backyard. The stairs are at the front of the house, and the architect left them open to the living room.

The stair risers were also left open to allow as much natural lighting of the stairwell as possible.

Upstairs there are two good-sized bedrooms and a spacious bathroom. One more flight of stairs leads up to a large rooftop deck with views of the L.A. skyline and the San Gabriel Mountains.

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"The Silberfisch" A Modern Floating Home | Perfect Small House Design
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Published on Aug 6, 2017
Living on the water is an option in many places. Unlike a houseboat, a float home has no engine of its own and must be towed from place to place. They are typically left moored in one location and not moved often. In many cities where berths are limited and water views are highly-sought, living in a float house is very costly. However in some places, float homes can be a very affordable housing alternative.

The Silberfisch (silver fish) was designed by Flo Florian and Sascha Akkermann of German design firm Confused-Direction. Their stated aim was to “create a quality home that represents a balanced mix of design and a maritime romance”, and they succeeded. The wedge shape is fresh and at the same time reminiscent of the industrial sheds that line any working port.

The interior blends modern minimalist design with maritime efficiency in a floor area of 40 m2 (431 ft2), plus a sleeping loft. A galley kitchen is placed against one sidewall with stairs to the loft opposite. A wall of glass offers the potential for panoramic views from both the living area and the sleeping loft above. The bathroom in one back corner also contains the laundry. There is a large deck at water level as well as a large roof deck with access from the loft. The remainder of the topside features a living green roof.

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A Snug Ski Chalet In The French Alps | Perfect Small House Design
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Published on Aug 6, 2017
Winter is quickly approaching in the northern hemisphere and for some people that means the arrival of ski season. Gîte la Bartavelle is a small mountain chalet at a ski resort in the French Alps. Like the traditional alpine chalet, or Swiss chalet, this newer version is constructed of wood and has the characteristic gabled roof sloping to the sides, substantial overhangs supported by heavy timber brackets, and small windows protected by operable shutters.

The small house manages to squeeze three bedrooms into only 78.6 m2 (846 ft2). There is one bedroom downstairs with its own bath, and two more upstairs. The combined living area is compact with a single-wall kitchen to one side. Wood wall paneling and a wood ceiling over open beams contribute to the feeling of coziness, while the bold red of the kitchen keeps it from becoming monotonous. All that’s missing is a wood stove for warming up on cold winter days. It looks like there is floor protection in one corner for a stove, but for some reason it was not installed.

There is a panoramic view of the Alps from the front windows. However the traditional chalet style has fairly small windows that make it difficult to enjoy the view from inside.

This small ski chalet is available for rent through Gîtes de France Savoie.

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The Accessory Dwelling Unit for Sustainable Urban Living - A Tiny House Alternative
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Published on Aug 6, 2017
Accessory dwelling units (ADU) are small homes that can be built in the backyards of larger homes, in cities where they've been approved. They're also sometimes known as carriage, coach, or laneway houses.

These small homes are typically around 700-1000 square feet in size, although the size sometimes has to be calculated as a percentage of the size of the yard.

Adding new homes in potentially underused backyard spaces is a sustainable way to provide more housing options in walkable urban neighbourhoods where people don't need to use cars to get around for every errand. ADUs can also help reduce urban sprawl by reducing the need for cities to grow outwards, which increases commuting distances and therefore increases transportation pollution.

In Vancouver, laneway houses have been legal for a few years and the city is issuing building permits for ~500 new units each year. At this scale, ADU's are starting to have a positive impact on the housing situation in the City of Vancouver.

That said, one of the major problems with laneway houses at the moment is that, in some cities, you can't sell the laneway house separately from the main house, which means they might only be accessible to people who are already land owners, or to tenants who can rent them. Eventually, it would be great if the properties could be stratified so that the big and small homes could be sold separately.

Thank you to Rise for sponsoring this video! If you're interested in learning more about sustainable building and renovations, check out their website and Facebook pages:
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Awesome Self Designed & Built Alaskan Tiny House ~ Ideas DIY Builders
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Published on Aug 7, 2017
This Homer, Alaska tiny house gave us a few ideas that we had not seen yet on other builds. We really enjoyed touring this tiny home and could certainly see ourselves living in something like this in the future. If you find yourself in Alaska and want to give this tiny house a try check out the link below!

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Off-Grid Tiny House TOUR: Fy Nyth Nestled in Wyoming Mountains
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Published on Aug 4, 2017
An in-depth tour of Ariel McGlothin's off-grid tiny house lifestyle in the mountains of western Wyoming. CAUTION: Your fantasy bubble may be burst! This is a REAL-world view of what it takes to run a sustainable, off-grid homestead.

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A Two Bedroom Cottage Is Located On The Island Of Utila In Honduras | Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Aug 7, 2017
This two-bedroom cottage is located on the island of Utila in Honduras. A single-level residence, it’s the type of small house often found in retirement communities across North America. It appears to be a fairly low-cost home. The layout is pretty humdrum and it is finished with builder standard drywall and laminate flooring. But even when building on a tight budget, relatively inexpensive features can have enormous impact, as architect Mark Zacapa demonstrates here.

On entering the cottage, one of the first things you’d likely notice is the cathedral ceiling. The trusses are most likely purely decorative with no structural purpose. However they add interest and draw the eye upwards to the exposed rafters and the V-groove board finish of the ceiling. At least it appears to be finished with boards when looking at it from floor level. However as the ceiling is painted, it could just as easily be inexpensive paneling or sheets of plywood with a groove routed every few inches. With a couple coats of paint, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference without climbing a ladder for a close look. Nevertheless, it adds richness and texture to the space at little extra cost. Building the home with standard roof trusses and a flat ceiling would definitely have been cheaper, but can you imagine how boring and closed-in the space would seem with a flat drywall ceiling?

Another noteworthy feature is the row of closets down the middle of the house. They separate the privates areas on one side from the open plan living area on the other. Closets don’t sound too exciting at first, but here they have a subtle impact on how the house is perceived. The depth of the closets means that instead having the bedrooms right on the other side of the living area wall, you have to reach them via a short hallway. It may only be a couple extra feet but it increases the sense of separation by quite a bit, and the house feels larger as a result.

Having the bedroom doors set back from the living room wall also adds a sense of solidity to the house. The house feels more substantial, as if that extra wall space were the result of a two-foot thick masonry dividing wall. By contrast, a door that is only a few inches from a corner creates the impression of flimsiness. It would have been better if the door to the utility closet in the kitchen had also been moved farther from the corner.

The architect took advantage of the available depth to add an alcove in the living room, further contributing to the illusion of a thick wall. The alcove breaks up what would otherwise have been a large blank wall surface. The walls have also been dressed up with baseboard and window trim that is a step up from the narrow clamshell molding often used by builders to cut costs. With the use of paint-grade trim, it is a fairly inexpensive upgrade that has a big impact.

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Alone In The Wilderness by Richard Proenneke. Full (58min) documentary
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Published on Aug 6, 2017
Richard Louis "Dick" Proenneke (May 4, 1916 – April 20, 2003) was a self-educated naturalist who lived alone for nearly thirty years in the mountains of Alaska in a log cabin he had constructed by hand near the shore of Twin Lakes. Proenneke hunted, fished, raised and gathered his own food, and also had supplies flown in occasionally. He documented his activities in journals and on film, and also recorded valuable meteorological and natural data. The journals and film were later used by others to write books and produce documentaries about his time in the wilderness.

Proenneke's father, William Christian Proenneke, served in World War I and later made his living as a well driller. His mother, Laura (née Bonn) was a homemaker. His parents married in late 1909, or early 1910, and had three daughters and three sons: Robert, Helen, Lorene, Richard (Dick), Florence, and Raymond (Jake). The year of Richard's birth is often given as 1917, but social security and census records have him born in Primrose, Harrison Township, Lee County, Iowa, on May 4, 1916.

Proenneke enlisted in the United States Navy the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served as a carpenter. He spent close to two years at Pearl Harbor and was later stationed in San Francisco waiting to join a new ship assignment. After hiking a mountain near San Francisco he contracted rheumatic fever and was hospitalized at Norco Naval Hospital for six months. During his convalescence the war ended and he was given a medical discharge from the Navy in 1945. According to friend and writer Sam Keith, the illness was very revealing for Proenneke, who decided to devote the rest of his life to the strength and health of his body.

Following his discharge from the Navy, Proenneke went to school to become a diesel mechanic. The combination of his high intelligence, adaptability, and strong work ethic turned him into a very skilled mechanic. Though quite adept at his trade, Proenneke yielded to his love of nature and moved to Oregon to work at a sheep ranch. He moved to Shuyak Island, Alaska, in 1950.

For several years, he worked as a heavy equipment operator and repairman on the Naval Air Station at Kodiak. Proenneke spent the next several years working throughout Alaska as both a salmon fisherman and diesel mechanic. He worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service at King Salmon on the Alaska Peninsula. His skills as a mechanic were well-known and extremely sought after, and he was able to put away a modest nest egg for retirement.

On May 21, 1968, Proenneke arrived at his new place of retirement at Twin Lakes. Beforehand, he made arrangements to use a cabin on the upper lake of Twin Lakes owned by retired Navy captain Spike Carrithers and his wife Hope of Kodiak (in whose care he had left his camper). This cabin was well situated on the lake and close to the site which Proenneke chose for the construction of his own cabin.

Proenneke's cabin is hand-made and is notable for its remarkable craftsmanship due to his skill as a carpenter and wood worker, and because of the films he made of the complete construction procedure. Most of the structure and the furnishings are made from materials in and about the site, from the gravel taken from the lake bed to create the cabin's base, to the trees he selected, cut down, and then hand-cut with interlocking joints to create the walls and roof rafter framing. The window openings were planned and cut to suit. The fireplace and flue were made from stones he dug from around the site and meticulously mortared in place to create the chimney and hearth. He used metal containers for food storage—one-gallon cans were cut into basin shapes and buried below the frost line. This ensured that fruits and perishables could be stored for prolonged periods in the cool earth yet still be accessible when the winter months froze the ground above them. Proenneke's friend, bush pilot and missionary Leon Reid "Babe" Alsworth, returned periodically to bring food and orders that Proenneke placed through him to Sears.
 

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Industrial Urban Lofts
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Published on Nov 8, 2014
Incredible interior designs of some of the most beautiful urban, loft style homes. Sometimes referred to as bachelor pads....whatever these contemporary lofts are called, their certainly unique and the popularity of them continue to be on the rise.
 

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CRIBS EDITION!!
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Published on Aug 10, 2017
Cribs edition!! Lol Took a quick video of our little place in Zion Illinois!! It's small but it works for the 2 of us!!
 

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Modern loft design | NEW Ideas 2017
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Published on Dec 8, 2016
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Garage Conversion Into Small House | Absolutely Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Aug 13, 2017
Artist Michelle de la Vega decided to generate extra income by renting out her house while moving into the standalone garage out back. But first, she had to transform the dumpy building into habitable space. Acting as her own designer and general contractor, Ms. de la Vega had the roof raised 4 feet to provide enough headroom for a sleeping loft. A small unfitted kitchen is placed along one wall and an addition to the side houses a spacious bathroom. The finished home has 250 ft2 (23.2 m2) of comfortable living space.

The interior design is distinctly industrial. As an artist and metalworker, Ms. de la Vega created many of the fixtures, such as lights and towel hooks, herself. Other furnishings, including the loft ladder, storage lockers and firewood bins, were salvaged and refurbished.

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Kochi Architect’s Studio | Absolutely Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Aug 13, 2017
Architects often talk about integrating outdoor spaces with the inside, but rarely do they succeed to the degree that architect Kazuyasu Kochi has here. In this small house, the boundary between inside and outside is blurred by walls of glass bordering on covered and sheltered outdoor spaces.

The actual interior space is a simple two-story rectangular box with one-story extensions at either end. The architect covered this inner house with an over-sized tent of roof and bounding walls that extend beyond the inner house to define outdoor rooms at the front and back. The name of the house supposedly refers to the proportions of indoor space and protected outdoor space.

The roof structure looks tent-like from the inside as well. Architect Kochi put the living areas on the upper floor. With floor-to-ceiling glass on either side, the space is defined by the outer roof and walls rather than by the glass walls. As a result, the home feels much larger than its actual floor area (97.7 m2 or 1,052 ft2). Large openings in the outer tent allow select views of nearby trees and the distant landscape.

On the lower level, all three bedrooms have direct access to the terrace. Two of the bedrooms can be joined to form a larger master suite if desired. A bedroom just off the entrance could potentially be used as a home office without requiring clients to walk through the house.

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A Small House in Fishing Village Dating Back to The 16th Century,Sweden | Amazing Small House Design
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Published on Aug 14, 2017
So far the small houses we’ve featured have had one or two bedrooms. We also want to feature smaller houses that are suitable for families with three or more kids. Today’s house would meet the needs of a larger family. It is actually two small houses, a main house with a self-contained guest house behind it. They are located in Sweden on a hill with amazing views over Fiskebäckskil, a fishing village dating back to the 16th century:

The main house offers three bedrooms and an open kitchen/living/dining room in 119 m2 (1,281 ft2). The living space extends out to a large deck with several covered and uncovered seating areas. The exterior is kept low-key, its zinc roofing and weathered pine siding and deck boards blending into the rocky hillside. The interior has crisp trimless detailing with little to detract from the views.

The layout is interesting because although the house has two full bathrooms, both open off the hallway. In the typical North American house, one of the bathrooms would open off the largest bedroom to form the “master suite”. Having both bathrooms off the hall gives the occupants more flexibility in how they use the rooms. For example, the largest bedroom could instead be occupied by two smaller kids with sufficient room for playing as well.

Behind the house is a separate 22 m2 (237 ft2) studio guest house with its own bath and kitchenette. Separating the guest space provides obvious flexibility as well: it could be occupied by guests, older children or aging parents, or used as a rental unit as the needs of the family change.

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Designed Modern Garden Retreat as A Small Guest House | Amazing Small House Design
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Published on Aug 14, 2017
BLOOT Architecture designed this modern garden retreat to serve both as a home office and as a small guest house. Site and regulatory constraints limited the new structure to 22.6 m2 (243 ft2), but architect Tjeerd Bloothoofd made the most of the space. Floor to ceiling shelves line one wall, and a tiny bathroom and kitchenette are positioned against the back wall.

Light plywood paneling and orange paint bring warmth to the room. Floor to ceiling windows and a bank of skylights bring in plenty of light, but sliding screens constructed of wood slats provide privacy when needed.

The architect did a great job in detailing the space. The frameless window over the kitchenette is especially noteworthy, extending from wall to wall and right down to the countertop. As a result, the kitchenette almost disappears. Visually the cabinets blend into the wall while the countertop resembles a wide windowsill. Another unusual window placed right at floor level provides an interesting view of a weathered brick wall, a nice contrast to the smooth finishes of the pavilion.

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"Gilly Cottage" A Small House Built of Stone Near Cornwall, United Kingdom | Small House Design
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Published on Aug 21, 2017
"Gilly Cottage" A small stone cottage near Cornwall, United Kingdom. With the exterior of the house really old, it seems that the house has grown moss. Different from the feel of the exterior is classic, the interior of the house has broken me up with a sense of luxury, full and very cozy. The rooms in the house are used in white tones, creating a luxurious clean feeling, with the fireplace in the middle of the living room makes me really cozy. The house is designed with a bedroom and a fully equipped kitchen for a small family kitchen

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Charming Vintage Home Located in The Bigelow Area, Washington | Charming Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Aug 21, 2017
Charming vintage home located in the Bigelow area, Washington. Great home for first time home buyer or investor. Heat the whole house with the free-standing gas fireplace. Large living room and dining room. The extra large garage has room for a shop at one end, or may be able to park 2 cars in. New hot water tank and roof in 2016.

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A Small House Victorian Doll in in Pacific Grove, California
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Published on Aug 20, 2017
A 100+ year old, 507 square feet cottage in Pacific Grove, California. Very cute, the outside was well crafted, cozy and warm. The house has 1 bedroom, toilet and bathroom, kitchen space is arranged in modern, impressive. Although small but the house is also designed an outdoor courtyard space to receive warm sunshine.

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A Small Cottage Built in Bremen, Maine | Absolutely Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Aug 19, 2017
A small house built in Bremen, Maine, this beautiful house is located on a pretty spacious area, cool. It has 2 bedrooms, 1 toilet, living room connected to the kitchen space feeling really spacious. Around the house were planted purple flowers are really outstanding.

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