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The Thousand Crow tiny house, by Camera Buildings (Photo: Marty McLennan)

Vancouver's housing market is relatively expensive, and this naturally prevents a lot of people from being able to afford to own their own homes. Following some sub-par rental experiences, Vancouver resident Isabella Mori contacted local firm Camera Buildings to construct her a 18.5 sq m (189 sq ft) tiny home that she could afford to own outright.  Read More

MKCA's 5:1 Apartment uses a motorized wall to switch between two different functional spac...

As cities are become ever more populated, living spaces are getting smaller and we need to find clever ways to make the most of the space we have. The 5:1 Apartment in New York is one such small space. It uses a sliding wall to transform itself from daytime to nighttime functionality.  Read More

The Shebeen portable pub comes well-stocked and includes glasses, alcohol, mixers, and eve...

Here's a side of the small living movement we'll happily raise a glass to. The Shebeen is a tiny bar on wheels that travels around Ireland catering to parties and weddings. Completed in September 2014, the towable structure measures just 4.2 x 2.1 m (14 x 7 ft), and aims to recreate the atmosphere of an authentic Irish pub.  Read More

The Raven Loft is perched some 5.1 m (17 ft) off the ground in British Columbia (Photo: Ge...

"Working at heights is risky," affirms Geoff de Ruiter when quizzed by Gizmag on the challenges he faced while building a tiny treehouse perched 5.1 m (17 ft) off the ground in British Columbia. Happily though, the University of Northern British Columbia PhD student recently completed the Raven Loft treehouse without incident for just US$8,200, plus land costs, leaving him with a mortgage- and debt-free tiny retreat.  Read More

Kristie Wolfe's tiny vacation home in Hawaii (Photo: Kristie Wolfe)

Designer and dressmaker Kristie Wolfe is the handy type, and a few years ago she dove headfirst into the small living movement, constructing herself a 9 sq m (97 sq ft) home in Boise, Idaho. This proved so successful that she decided to build another, this time an off-grid vacation home in Hawaii. The recently-completed treehouse cost around US$11,000 and took three months to build. Including travel costs, the purchase of land, and all additional expenses, the whole project came in at just $23,000.  Read More

If you're interested in tying the knot in tiny house style yourself, the most basic packag...

We've reported on our fair share of tiny houses here at Gizmag, but the recently-completed Tiny Chapel by Richmond, Virginia-based Bil Malbon, is the first towable tiny structure we've seen that you might want to get married in. With a total floorspace of just 9.2 sq m (100 sq ft), the working chapel is currently available for would-be newlyweds and around 20 guests.  Read More

Despite measuring just 12 sq m (130 sq ft), you can shoehorn up to 12 people inside the No...

The Nomadic Shelter is a temporary modular shelter recently built during the Salt Siida Workshop, an architectural workshop that's part of a traveling arts festival currently located on the the beach of the Norwegian island of Sandhornøy, in the Arctic Circle. Despite measuring just 12 sq m (130 sq ft), the shelter sleeps up to 12 people.  Read More

The shelter sits in the mountains of Bergen, Norway (Photo: Gunnar Sørås)

The result of a design-build workshop at Bergen's School of Architecture that was headed by OPA Form's Espen Folgerø, the Tubakuba (or Tuba Cube) Mountain Hub is available to anyone to use for one night, for free, but is particularly aimed at families with young kids, in a bid to instill a sense of appreciation for nature in the little ones. It's accessed by a small tunnel that brings to mind something from a fairytale.  Read More

The Rio Grande tiny house sits atop a 9.7 m (32 ft) long gooseneck trailer (Photo: Rocky M...

We recently reported on the Custom 30 Foot House by Colorado's Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses, a towable dwelling that's on the larger side for such homes, at 9.1 m (30 ft) long. For those who like their tiny homes supersized, the firm recently followed-up with an even bigger model, dubbed Rio Grande.  Read More

The Transforming Tiny Home measures just 7.7 sq m (83 sq ft), and was built for an estimat...

The tiny living community is filled with enthusiasts who think outside the box in a bid to turn what's essentially a shed into a viable home at minimal cost. Pacific Northwest resident Scott Brooks offers a great example of what can be achieved with a shoestring budget under the right circumstances, with the recently-completed Transforming Tiny Home, which was built for an estimated cost of under US$500.  Read More

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