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A live/work laneway house for a graphic artist | Lanefab

A live/work laneway house for a graphic artist | Lanefab

The owner’s personality shines through in this Vancouver laneway house. A freelance graphic artist, she asked Lanefab Design/Build to design a small house that would be both her home and her workplace. Small bursts of color plus authentic materials enliven the clean-lined modern dwelling.

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A sweet little Southern-style cottage

A sweet little Southern-style cottage

We came across this tiny jewel of a cottage on Airbnb. The “Tale Inn” is located in Fairhope, a town on the Gulf Coast south of Mobile, Alabama. Its pleasing proportions, welcoming porch and authentic architectural details give it tremendous curb appeal.

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A modern coastal cabin in Norway | TYIN tegnestue

A modern coastal cabin in Norway | TYIN tegnestue

The western coast of Norway was formed by glaciers scouring the earth down to bedrock, carving deep fjords, and leaving behind thousands of islands. One of those islands is Skardsøya, a two or three hour drive from Trondheim. There on the rocky and marshy coastline is a family vacation cabin designed by TYIN tegnestue Architects […]

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Fanciful allotment hut in Denmark

Fanciful allotment hut in Denmark

This imaginative little house is located in an allotment garden just twenty minutes by bike from central Copenhagen. The mint-green cottage features a lantern-style roof highlighted by a cupola. An eclectic collection of windows adds to its playful appearance.

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Crows’ Hermitage, a converted stone barn in Ireland

Crows’ Hermitage, a converted stone barn in Ireland

A compact stone barn in the Irish countryside is now a sumptuous holiday cottage perfect for romantic escapes. The current owner converted the barn, now named Crows’ Hermitage, and has been using it as a vacation rental. It is located behind his house in the hamlet of Ardcath, less than an hour’s drive north of […]

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Birds’ Hill Cottage

Birds’ Hill Cottage

A coastal rainforest surrounds Birds’ Hill Cottage in British Columbia. The vacation rental cottage is located on Salt Spring Island, a 90-minute ferry ride from Vancouver. With its board siding and peeled log porch posts, the exterior looks to my eye more like a classic cabin than a cottage. The inside, on the other hand, […]

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A Seattle backyard cottage for empty-nesters | microhouse

A Seattle backyard cottage for empty-nesters | microhouse

With their children out of the nest, one Seattle couple was looking to downsize from the large home where they had raised their family. However they did not wish to leave the Tangletown neighborhood they knew and loved. Since Seattle now encourages accessory dwelling units (ADUs), the couple asked architect Bruce Parker of microhouse to […]

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Tiny fisherman’s shed cottage

Tiny fisherman’s shed cottage

Hvide Sande, a small town on the west coast of Jutland, is Denmark’s fifth largest fishing port. The harbor is lined with rows of fishermen’s sheds, used as workshops and to store gear. With changes in the fishing industry, many of them are no longer used. Several of them have now been replaced by small […]

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Black and white Danish summerhouse

Black and white Danish summerhouse

This classic black and white summerhouse is located in an area of holiday homes on the north coast of Zealand, Denmark’s largest island. The cottage is very snug with just 43 m2 (463 ft2) of inside floor space, but the two small bedrooms and a sleeping loft provide sleeping space for a family with a couple of […]

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A canal barge houseboat in Amsterdam

A canal barge houseboat in Amsterdam

The Charlotte Johanna first set sail in 1908, transporting freight along the inland waterways connecting Western Europe. A little over a century later, it was converted into a floating home and is now moored on the Prinsengracht canal in central Amsterdam.

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Tiny Connecticut cottage

Tiny Connecticut cottage

A gravel path winds its way to the front porch of this shingled cottage with green shutters and blue doors. The cottage is located in Madison, a seaside community midway along Connecticut’s shoreline.

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10 small houses for single-level living

10 small houses for single-level living

We frequently receive emails and comments from readers asking for small houses with a ground-floor bedroom. Stairs can be challenging for many people, and take up a lot of floor space regardless. So, we decided to gather together ten of the most popular homes for single-level living that we’ve featured. Some of them have a […]

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The Hobbit Houseboat

The Hobbit Houseboat

This eclectic float home on Seattle’s Lake Union has been dubbed the Hobbit Houseboat. No, it’s not covered in earth and there isn’t a single circular door or window to be seen. But I suppose if hobbits overcame their fear of water and decided that other window shapes were acceptable, then possibly they would build […]

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