The last in our series, here we feature a number of innovative and eco-friendly small houses, all designed to make clever use of space.

The last in our series, here we feature a number of innovative and eco-friendly small houses, all designed to make clever use of space.


The Little House in Toronto, Canada

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Toronto’s Little House is far from new – it was built by Arthur Weeden in 1912, and served as a residence for him and his wife for close on 20 years.


The house, which was designed to make clever use of the space between the properties on either side of it, includes a bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathroom. In total, it measures about 27 square metres.


The Soul Box, Germany

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Named “Seelenkiste”, or Soul Box, this innovative structure was designed by three German design students as a retreat. Consisting of prefabricated sections, it’s easy to disassemble and move, and to set up in secluded, natural surroundings.


The structure features a number of cantilevered wall openings and, despite its minute dimensions, includes a living area, a bedroom and recessed steps leading up to a study. The interior is finished in an attractive, light-coloured wood, while the exterior is protected by fibreglass-reinforced plastic panels.


Macy Miller’s tiny house in Idaho, USA

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In 2008, Macy Miller was in the midst of a divorce and, thanks to the economic downturn, was facing foreclosure on her suburban home. Motivated in part by necessity and in part by her goal of obtaining a construction license, she embarked on building her very own, very tiny home from scratch.


Measuring just 18.2 square metres, the structure includes a number of eco-friendly features, including radiant floor heating and a composting toilet. It became home not just to Macy but also to her partner, their newly arrived daughter and, believe it or not, a Great Dane.


Yolo County cabin, USA

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Based on the design of local cooling towers, this cabin in Sacramento Valley, California was designed by Butler Armsden Architects. It’s intentionally tall, to allow 360-degree views over the surrounding (and very flat) farmland and to encourage plenty of air circulation.


The interior of the cabin is surprisingly comfortable, with a main bedroom that features an unusually high ceiling, another sleeping area in the loft and a spiral staircase that leads to an airy observation deck.


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