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50 Beautiful Tiny Houses that Maximize Space

By HomeBNC • Updated on 2024-03-07

Tiny homes have been making big statements in the past few years. As our world becomes smaller and more expensive, many buyers are looking for opportunities to live more fulfilling lives with less waste. Tiny houses embrace all the beautiful architectural integrity of full-sized homes; yet most of these small structures waste less space and cost much less than a regular house.

Since a small house design needs to maximize space, decorators and designers need consider space-saving options. Some home decor techniques used in these homes include built-in cabinets, shelves and storage. Many of these built-ins also double as room dividers. This allows light to flow through the house, yet the inhabitants still have separate living spaces. Lofted rooms are also often used. Instead of building the house out, designers built the house up. Inhabitants can acces bedrooms and living rooms via ladders, stairs or laddered shelves. Many designers use other small-space solutions like sofa beds and murphy beds to maximize space.

Save Space and Money with a Tiny Home!

After Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern seaboard, many people found themselves displaced all over the country. Hurricane Irene had already devastated the area the year before. Just as residents had finished rebuilding their homes and lives from the storm before that, Hurricane Sandy wiped out everything they had rebuilt. Unable to pour either time nor money into their homes, many people began looking to alternative housing opportunities.

Enter tiny homes. Many of these small versions of large houses cost less than a used car. Some of the least inexpensive small house designs cost as little as $8,000. These small abodes were the perfect solutions to such a large problem. Many displaced residents were able to rebuild their lives at a fraction of the price.

Many little houses make use of recycled materials, like old shipping containers, driftwood, cinder blocks, scrap metal and reclaimed items. Most of these homes also utilize outdoor spaces. Instead of eating dinner inside all the time, why not eat on a beautiful porch under the stars? Why not enjoy the company of family and friends in an outdoor living room?

Other unique small house designs incorporated into little homes include vegetable and herb gardens, compost areas, fireplaces, stairs and creative enclosed porches. Home décor is always considered in these homes, and they are always as attractive as they are functional.

The following is a list of some of our favorite designs on the market.

1. Mountain Retreat

Mountain Retreat

When you’re craving a little R&R in the desert, hitch up your house and go! This house was made of all-natural materials. This house boasts plenty of bang for its buck. The small kitchen has plenty of counter space and a double-burner range. Built-in shelves keep laundry, books and belongings organized at all times. The living room fits a three-person couch and café table. The bedroom is lofted above the kitchen has even has enough space for a queen-sized bed. On clear nights and cool days, there’s plenty of space outdoors for dining al fresco.

2. Romantic Country Cottage

Romantic Country Cottage

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Anne of Green Gables would have loved this romantic cottage. A porch wraps around two sides of the house and has enough room for chairs, a dining table and a workspace. The eaves hang low over the porch, so you can enjoy the great outdoors—even on raining days. Inside, there’s plenty of space for a country-style kitchen, sitting room and bedroom. A woodstove keeps everyone warm on chilly days and early autumn evenings.

3. Inexpensive Home Alternative

Inexpensive Home Alternative

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This home cost designer Macy Miller only $11,000! Since she designed and built the home herself, she had the opportunity to customize the home to her needs. The home is large enough for a small sitting room, kitchen, bath, master bedroom and small kid’s room. The exterior boasts a small garden underneath the home, a small porch (large enough for one Papasan chair) and a large overhang to keep everyone safe from the elements.

4. Bright Garden Home

Bright Garden Home

This bright home is embraced by the surrounding garden. The house is so colorful it could almost be confused for one of the nearby flowers. Clocking in at only 160-square feet, the house takes advantage of steep eaves for added storage and loft areas. Built-in shelves provide storage and act as room dividers. The small stove keeps the house toasty all year long. The kitchen has plenty of space for a small refrigerator and washing machine while the bathroom has a stand-up shower and shallow tub. Cube storage keeps toiletries and beauty products organized and off sparse countertops.

5. Small Cottage with Big Views

Small Cottage with Big Views

This house is definitely small—yet it welcomes the entire ocean into its view. With windows covering two walls, this home allows inhabitants to feel as though they are outside all the time. This home comes in a variety of models that can be customized to fit the owner’s needs. Want more privacy? The home comes with plenty of options to keep large windows covered. It can even come with fireplaces and built-in cabinetry. The main living area can be converted into a bedroom with the murphy bed add-ons options.

6. Rustic Seaside Cottage

Rustic Seaside Cottage

Packing up the family and heading to the beach has never been so easy. Tiny houses on wheels can travel from shore to shore. The exterior home decoration includes paneling that has been treated to look “rusted”. The red trim on doors and windows complement the exterior paneling. The inside has been painted white to make the interior space appear larger. The interior living quarters include a living room, small kitchen and small bedroom.

7. Mountain Home

Mountain Home

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Strive to reach great heights in this home. Tiny houses on wheels can be attached to a truck or flatbed for easy moving. The steep eaves allow for extra storage and sleep space in upper levels. Large windows and a large glass door let in plenty of light. The front porch can fit two chairs, and the porch’s railings were carved to look like they came from a mountain cabin in the woods. The interior features a small kitchen with mini fridge and sink. There’s plenty of storage with tons of laddered shelves and a collapsible breakfast table.

8. Bright Colors Make Small Designs Sing

Bright Colors Make Small Designs Sing

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This home isn’t just adorable—it’s also socially responsible. Made of an old shipping container, this small house is giving a shipping vestibule a second life. Clocking in at only 192-square feet, the Nomad 192 is small but feisty. Solar panels on the roof keep the space well-lit all year long. Glass doors open on two sides of the home to invite in the great outdoors during warmer months. The awning is made of natural materials and offers plenty of shade in the summer. The porch is large enough for a large dining table or even an outdoor living room.

9. Let Your Home Take Flight

Let Your Home Take Flight

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Some small homes look so airy they almost look like they could sprout wings and fly. This tiny abode is definitely small; yet the windows that stretch from floor to ceiling give the illusion that the entire desert is a part of the home. The dwelling itself is a simple square box—though the joy in this one lies in the canvas awning that spreads its wings over windows and doors. The home is on stilts to deter water damage or pests. A small set of simple stairs lead up to the front door.

10. Whimsical Fairytale Lighthouse

Whimsical Fairytale Lighthouse

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This 850-square foot castle is perfect for the prince or princess who can’t decide whether to live inland or near the sea. The exterior walls are covered in weathered gray shingles. The red accent beams pop next to the muted grays. The steep-gabled awning over the front door looks like it was ripped straight from the pages of “The Hobbit”. Inside, there’s a full kitchen with modern stainless steel appliances. The living room might be compact, but it utilizes all available space. The TV is mounted high on the wall to ensure there’s not a bad seat in the house. The master bedroom is big enough to hold a queen bed and has its own private balcony. An adjacent kids’ room in the tower has enough space to fit a bunk bed.

11. Tiny Shingled Home

Tiny Shingled Home

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This house has all the unique design characteristics of a large house—without the wasted space. The lofted bedroom makes use of all available space since the eaves aren’t too steep. The round and square windows let in plenty of light and give the home some added charm. The front porch is covered to protect inhabitants from the elements and is just large enough to fit two people. The natural home decoration materials pop against the massive green lawn, and the green trim adds an earthy touch. The living area has ample room for a small sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. Though the home is reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest, it would fit in nearly any landscape.

12. Dramatic Seaside Steep-Gabled House

Dramatic Seaside Steep-Gabled House

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Though this seaside home is made of modern materials in a contemporary design, it blends in perfectly with its surroundings. Windows on every wall allow in plenty of natural light and embrace the sea. The cement chimney leads straight to a wood burning fireplace. The large porch is the perfect place to sit and see if you can spot whales or other creatures of the sea. The home fits in seamlessly with the nearby swamps and marshes. This house is perfect for those who crave to commune with nature. Who said a seaside cottage should have a huge price tag?

13. Russian Castle Tower

Russian Castle Tower

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This Ruskinian Gothic tower might have been ripped from the pages of “Rapunzel”. Yet this tower isn’t as tricky to climb. Situated on a local river, the tower has access through the boat slip on the bottom floor. Climb into the intimate tower, curl up and read a book. The top floor bedroom also has access to a romantic balcony. You won’t be able to resist sitting on the terrace at night and dreaming of your prince. The wrought iron handrails mimic the curve of the tower roof and the slope of the sides of the house.

14. Day-Glo Matching Homes

Day-Glo Matching Homes

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Pump up the volume with nearly twin homes. These matching mini houses are exactly the same—except for the colors. The entryway doubles as a living room and bedroom. A murphy bed swings down by night and folds up for extra sitting space by day. The porch is perfect for quiet contemplation. This home also comes with a mini kitchen, air conditioning and a large bathroom with stand-up shower. The home also has an upstairs area. Floors are made with bamboo planks and reclaimed wood. This home seamlessly blends modern amenities with cozy spaces.

15. Minimalistic Light in the Night

Minimalistic Light in the Night

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This minimalistic house lets its light shine through; little houses don’t need to be dark. Though the exterior walls are quite simple, the interior is the shining star. A glass wall lets light in by day and a warm glow outside by night. A small porch has enough space for an intimate get together. This micro home is made of burnt wood and draws on Japanese inspiration. Since this home was designed as part of a cookie-cutter plan, it has been duplicated all over the world. Owners can choose various upgrades or personal small house designs to make the home “their own”.

16. Keep a Lookout in a Home with a View

Keep a Lookout in a Home with a View

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When you want to get away, look no further than this home. Birdwatchers will love hanging out in this nest to catch a glimpse of the surrounding wildlife. The exterior is made of natural stone. This home boasts two full floors that utilize functionality to the max: The bottom floor houses the kitchen and bathroom, and the top floor is home to the living area and bedroom. This home hides away in the trees, but residents are able to see 360-degree views from the living and bedroom areas.

17. Break Free From Your Home

Break Free From Your Home

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This house seamlessly blends both modern and traditional elements. Built by Liberation Tiny Home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this structure proves that tiny houses don’t need to feel like trailers. Birch, pine and walnut are used in interior and exterior design. Unlike many of the other homes on this list, this one does not make use of a pitched roof, so its inhabitants have plenty of headspace throughout each nook and cranny.

18. Tudor Tiny Mansion

Tudor Tiny Mansion

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This romantic English Tudor home is as elegant as it is functional. The tower stretches up two floors with plenty of space for living and sleeping. The outside home decor includes classic green shutters and ironwork. Ivy and plants grow up the side of the walls lending to the storybook effect. Windows on every side add plenty of natural light in what could otherwise be a dark interior. The surrounding garden has just enough space for a bench built for two.

19. Call Me Tiny House

Call Me Tiny House

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Designed in a “Moby Dick” theme, this tiny home’s name stays true to its literary influence. Pequod has an ocean blue base, stylized design elements and windows that look like portholes. The exterior also makes use of natural wood and shingles. The inside features two lofted bedrooms connected by a Plexiglas catwalk. The kitchen has a breakfast nook that seats four; the sink can be covered to add more surface area for meal prep times and can be used as a buffet table.

20. Guess Who: A Home Built for the Birds

Guess Who: A Home Built for the Birds

Owls aren’t just for hipsters anymore. Little houses can be both functional and stylish. This adorable home was built with owl lovers in mind and pays homage to the feathery friends who live in the area. The exterior was created with natural wood. The eyes aren’t just windows to the soul—here, they are actual windows too. The shingles are stylized to continue the kitschy theme. The interior walls are some of the most creative on the list. Since the house was designed to comply with the noise ordinances in its home of Bordeaux, France, the interior looks more like the EPCOT planet earth ride than a traditional home.

21. Cute Cottage Under the Pines

Cute Cottage Under the Pines

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Though this house was actually built for children, it proves tiny houses aren’t just for adults! Both roofs have steep eaves that give the home a whimsical feel. The window boxes add a little extra character. The most striking feature of this house is the striped patio that has almost an “Alice in Wonderland” feel. The bold red door adds a nice pop of color.

22. A Tiny House on Stilts

A Tiny House on Stilts

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This home perches almost bird-like on the hill. It looks as though a UFO has landed in Austria. Though the design concepts are far from traditional, they definitely use traditional materials. The natural shingles mimic the ones on the lodge next door. The inside has stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The hills are most definitely alive around this tiny home. There’s enough tablespace to fit eight diners. The kitchen has a large prep area and sink. A small woodstove that looks more like a submarine than a heating source even has a small nook for firewood.

23. Silos: Not Just for Grain

Silos: Not Just for Grain

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Talk about repurposing with a passion! This house, fashioned out of an old grain silo, uses space very efficiently. The front door opens into the main living area. There’s just enough space for a small living room and kitchen. The backside of the silo even opens onto a patio, so the living room can be extended to the outdoors! A spiral staircase leads upstairs; here, the bedroom is one of the largest on the list. The steep eaves of the silo roof allow residents to stand upright. A king-size bed can even fit in this room—there’s even extra space for a bureau and nightstand.

24. Bright Inside and Out

Bright Inside and Out

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This adorable home that has been named, “Ravenlore”, was featured on HGTV’s “House Hunters: Tiny Houses”. The exterior was painted bold colors of purple, pink and teal. Yet the inside home decor includes much subtler tones. The living room, which the owners have dubbed, “The Great Room”, has just enough space for a small couch and a few chairs. The adjacent kitchen has a stainless steel countertop, washing machine and range. The lofted bedroom has enough space for two people to sit comfortably. There’s even a small stand-up shower. The woodstove keeps everyone cozy in the winter. Sounds like the perfect setting to snuggle up with a good book of poems. Edgar Allen Poe, anyone?

25. Tiny Farmhouse

Tiny Farmhouse

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Not just the roosters and chickens enjoy minimalist living. This house comes with a large backyard—with enough space to hold a garden and some feathery friends. The house itself has two floors for living space and a lofted bedroom. The sizeable porch is fantastic for outdoor projects or entertaining. Another porch sits behind the house with a picnic table for dining alfresco in nice weather. A small wood burning stove can be lit on chilly days. Both the aluminum roof and siding keep the house insulated all year round.

26. Updated Log Cabin

Updated Log Cabin

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Abe Lincoln would have been jealous of this cabin. Made with wood—especially natural tree trunks, this home was made to embrace nature. The double doors open out onto a large porch and expand the living room out into nature. There’s just enough room inside for a good-sized living room, bedroom and kitchen. The woodstove will keep you warm all winter long. The porch is covered with an all-natural muslin that will protect you and your guests from the rays of the sun or a gentle rainy mist.

27. Futuristic Home

Futuristic Home

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Though natural wood is often utilized in the building of tiny houses, it’s not the only material. Aluminum and other metals are also fantastic materials. Another treehouse-style home (though technically not attached to a tree), this one utilizes surrounding nature for inspiration. To get here, you’ll have to jump across stones on a lily pond and climb a steep set of stairs. The interior is made of natural wood. The light color makes the space appear larger. Drawing on the imagery of Airstream trailers, this house is not only a clear shot into the future; it’s also a blast from the past.

28. Bohemian Caravan

Bohemian Caravan

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Reminiscent of both a Swiss chalet and a caravan carriage, this home is perfect for the bohemian vagabond. The shingled roof and walls offer plenty of protection from the rain and snow. Small steps lead to an arched doorway and can be removed for travel. A few strategically placed small windows offer a little light and plenty of fresh air. Tiny houses on wheels can be transported via the flatbed hitch on a truck.

29. Colorful Trailer on the Go

Colorful Trailer on the Go

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Who says small homes should have boring exteriors? On the contrary! Most small homes are just like their owners—a little unique. This home has plenty of fun with color. Although the outside appears small, the interior is light and airy. The living area has a small dining table with comfy stools. There are also plenty of built-in shelves for books and tchotchkes. The kitchen has a sink, oven, refrigerator and freezer. The lofted bedroom even has enough space for a double bed.

30. Big Living Room in a Small House Design

Big Living Room in a Small House Design

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Small houses don’t need to provide all the comforts of an entire home. In fact, they can simply provide the benefits of one room. This house is just a living room and porch. Located in Bogota, it provides an outdoor feel while still protecting its occupants from the elements. The natural wood interior gives the room a larger feel. The large patio offers plenty of space to sit and relax in the summer. The large windows offer tons of natural light.

31. Quaint Stucco Cottage

Quaint Stucco Cottage

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Since Oregon is one of the most environmentally friendly states in America, it’s no surprise its residents have jumped onto the tiny bandwagon. This house has a whimsical exterior. No detail was forgotten in the building of this home. The porch was even made of leftover tree stumps and lumber. Since Oregon is a lumber state, this feature is also an homage to its home. Inside, there is a living room, two bedrooms and a kitchen.

32. Pint-Sized Craftsman

Pint-Sized Craftsman

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This house has all the Americana charm of one of its larger brothers or sisters. Yet this one has all of the fun—without the square footage. Inside steep eaves, sits a small lofted bedroom. Eaves are also great places for extra storage and shelving. The front porch is covered and perfect for sitting and quietly contemplating life on a rainy day. The large windows let in plenty of natural light. The half-door offers plenty of country charm. The inside is monochromatic to make the space look larger. Clean, crisp lines keep the interior neat and tidy—not cramped nor crowded. The kitchen even has a double sink and stainless steel refrigerator.

33. Teak Dollhouse

Teak Dollhouse

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From the outside, this home looks like it could only hold a handful of dolls. Yet the inside is surprisingly roomy. The entire house is made of wood. The small living room has just enough space for a small sofa and chair. Wooden stairs that lead up to a lofted bedroom also double as shelves. The small window doubles as a writing desk when open. The house also features a small kitchen.

34. Colorful Container Home

Colorful Tiny Container Home

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This stunning blue home was created by Container Concepts. The eye-popping exterior still has the container’s original identification number painted in white. The patio is made of concrete and fits one-to-two people comfortably. Windows cover nearly two entire sides of the container. Inside, there’s just enough space for a studio-sized apartment. The main living area can be converted into a bedroom at night. The container also holds a small kitchen. The wood-paneled walls offset the blue exterior. The roof has enough space for a stylish and functional garden.

35. Contemporary Carport

Contemporary Carport

Not only is this tiny house one of the most contemporary on the list, it’s the only one that comes with a built-in carport. Built in response to Tokyo’s strict laws that require neighbors’ homes are not cut off from natural light, this house has plenty of angles and sloped ceilings. It also features three floors and a basement for plenty of useable space. The bedroom is located in the basement for optimal darkness during sleep. The top three floors, on the other hand, offer plenty of light. In addition to the carport, the ground floor also has an entryway with a small sitting room and a half bath. The second floor houses the living room and kitchen. The third floor has a study. Large windows on the second floor offer plenty of warmth and light. The study has a skylight to reduce energy. The kitchen has a sink, range and small dishwasher.

36. Tiny House in the Forest


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You’d want to go camping every summer if this were your cabin! Though this structure was built to store athletic gear, it has just enough space for a weekend getaway spot, too. The vaulted ceilings offer the illusion of space—without adding square footage. The lofted bedroom area has plenty of light thanks to the small windows that line the perimeter. When it comes to storage, built-in solutions are king; this home has a built-in exterior bench and built-in shelves. The sliding glass doors lead out to a long porch that nearly wraps around two sides of the structure.

37. Tudor City in the Country

Tudor City in the Country

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This house has all the class and charm of an apartment in Tudor City in Manhattan. It’s also nearly the same size. Yet this house can literally travel the world. But don’t let yourself be fooled it is not a usual tiny house. The arched front door leads into the camp shower area. Small cottage windows tilt out to allow fresh air into the Tudor shower trailer. The gabled roof adds plenty of storybook charm. Brick steps lead to the front door and can be moved from place to place with the house.

38. Taos in Thailand

Taos in Thailand

This cement and clay home looks like it belongs in Taos, New Mexico, yet it was built in Thailand! Welcoming its surroundings with several circular windows, the home does a fantastic job embracing nature. The front yard has a lovely lily pond—perfect for morning meditation. A small bedroom is located in its own bulbous pod and features two windows and a circular entryway. The kitchen has stone floor tiling, a breakfast nook made of tree trunks and plenty of shelves for cooking supplies. The house also has an interior water feature to ensure that the inside and outside boundaries are always fluid.

39. Tiny Party House

Tiny Party House

Some houses are just made for fun! This house was designed with entertaining in mind. With plenty of space for guests, it features an inside-outside bar, spacious dining room and comfy living room. The galley kitchen has enough room for food prep and is adjacent to the dining area—so you can keep an eye on your guests while you cook. Sleeping is the last thing on your mind in a house made for socialization, yet the lofted bedroom is easily accessed through a set of narrow stairs (no ladders required!). The accordion window allows for plenty of natural air when the weather is nice, and it seals shut on rainy days.

40. Jungle Tiny Treehouse

Jungle Tiny Treehouse

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Get into nature—Swiss Family Robinson style (without hostile pirates). Since tiny houses are meant to easily incorporate into nature, treehouses are a no-brainer. Elevate your lifestyle by erecting a home in a backyard tree. This one uses natural materials for the roof, a curved exterior wall and a set of steep stairs. Windows wrap around almost the entire home. Some of the best views can be seen from this high, so stock your home in a tree with plenty of binoculars.

41. Tiny Sophisticated A-Frame

Tiny Sophisticated A-Frame

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This steeply gabled home has both romance and style. The two floors offer plenty of space. The lofted bedroom has plenty of light—thanks to the small window on the second floor. Raised on a platform above a bed of moss, this home is happily protected from possible flooding or pests. The small porch in the front of the home is the perfect place to entertain friends on summer nights or sit with a cup of tea on a chilly autumn evening. The natural wood fence offers plenty of backyard privacy and protection from street noises.

42. Sleep Stylishly

Sleep Stylishly

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Similar to the design in number 45, this home takes advantage of one large window on one side and a sloping roof on the other side. The home has a small stovepipe chimney that leads to a woodstove for plenty of warmth in the winter. It is protected from the elements with a small metal elevation platform. Wooden slats suspended over opaque windows ensure there is plenty of natural light as well as added privacy. This is the perfect place to cozy up during long winters.

43. How Green is Your Roof?

How Green is Your Roof?

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Your neighbors will be green with envy when they see this tiny house. This contemporary energy-efficient home comes in a ready-to-assemble kit. The green grass roof keeps the home camaflogued from above. Open the double-glazed backdoors, and there’s a small patio for summer lounging. In the winter, this little house stays warm thanks to wool insulation. The entire home is made of 100% sustainable materials, so you can have your home and feel good about it too.

44. Upscale Artist Digs

Upscale Artist Digs

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Tiny homes don’t always come cheap. This hobbit house comes with over a $1 million price tag. The exterior was built with natural rock; many different-sized stones were used to give the home a kitschy feel. This house has 510-square feet, which makes it one of the largest on this list. The living room is fitted with a stone hearth and tile floor. The full kitchen has a medium-sized refrigerator, a small range and a double sink. Plenty of storage is available overhead and in lower cabinets. The bedroom and other living areas are located in the rear of the home.

45. Long and Cozy Nest

Long and Cozy Nest

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Imagine cocooning yourself in a long teardrop-shaped structure all winter long. This narrow house doesn’t take up a lot of space—yet its stretched-out design makes it feel as though it is extra-large. The “shattered” opaque window on one side allows plenty of light while still maintaining privacy. The pointed ceiling is reminiscent of a roof on a Russian cathedral. The idea of this house is to insert animal-like shapes into the landscape. The built-in dinette and cabinets provide plenty of storage and function without compromising space.

46. Small House Design in Wide Open Space

Small House Design in Wide Open Space

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You can’t enjoy the Northern Lights without a few good skylights. This wooden cottage lets in plenty of light during the day and offers plenty of stargazing opportunities at night. The modular design is a modern take on the classic wood cabin. The interior is lined with natural wood and colorful accents. Built-in shelving units are perfect for storing books, DVDs or other necessities for cold-weather cuddling. A wood-burning fireplace doubles as a room divider. The pitched roof allows for plenty of upstairs storage space and a lofted sleeping area.

47. Futuristic Lake Pod

Futuristic Lake Pod

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Batten down the hatches; this adorable eco-friendly pod is the perfect place for lovers of both land and lake. Reminiscent of both a Seattle houseboat and a yurt, this artist’s studio is the idea place to birth artistic creations. It features plenty of natural light, high ceilings and free-flowing movement. Local materials include Douglas fir and red cedar. Amenities include a solar-powered hot water heater that is connected to a small stand-up shower, enough solar electricity for three days and a paraffin stove.

Even if you’re not an artist, this pod makes the perfect weekend getaway for the avid fisher or bird lover.

48. Cozy Backyard Shed

Cozy Backyard Shed

This soapbox structure elevates the word “shed” to a whole new meaning; there’s little that reminds us of running to the backyard for firewood. This small house fits in the yard so perfectly, it would make the ideal in-law apartment. The multicolored shingles give the exterior some depth, and the aluminum chimney adds character. The inside features a cozy woodstove, a living room and separate parlor. Upstairs, the crafted hardwood floors lead to a lofted semi-private sleeping area. Sliding doors and a separate front door lead to the backyard.

49. Chalet in the Forest

Chalet in the Forest

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Strap on your snowshoes or skis; this slim structure would make a great mountain retreat. Located in Finland, the Nido house is the perfect place for a natural escape. Made of recycled and local materials, this small house blends in seamlessly with the surrounding forest. The large skylights cover nearly one side of the structure. The light wood looks like it was harvested from the nearby trees. The first floor has a micro-kitchen, and the second floor has plenty of space for living and sleeping. Additional storage is located on the second floor.

50. Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

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This adorable house could have been ripped straight from the pages of a fairytale book. This Victorian home is reminiscent of the painted ladies in San Francisco. The exterior home decoration includes copper-colored window frames complement the mint green shingles. The gingham trim adds a delicate touch and looks a little like lace on a doily. The covered porch is the perfect place to sit and reminisce about the days you needed an excess amount of space.

Created by Tiny Texas Houses, this model was created as a custom house for a private client but will be available for purchase in their online catalogue soon.

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