The mini houses are currently a new favorite of all environmentally conscious nature lovers. Not only are they innovative, but they also offer some alternatives to industrial pollution and the stressful everyday life in the big city. You can either buy mini houses or build them yourself and use them as a refuge or residential home during the weekend. By doing this, not only will you recharge your batteries, but it will also help you escape your daily worries for a while. One way or another, mini houses are becoming increasingly popular. For this reason we have put together 15 wonderful examples of modern small houses for you. Above all, these have been designed to combine the best of design, compactness, environmental friendliness and comfort.
Mini houses and small huts of Muji
How about a small portable residence with the perfect view of the mountains first? With just under 10 square meters, this tiny house from the Japanese brand for housewares is just the thing for you if you are longing for a hectic day at work. It’s comfortable enough for four people to be in whenever they want.
The mini houses are in the traditional Japanese style of shipbuilding, which is characterized by elements made of burned cedar wood. This increases the longevity of your tiny house. Furthermore, the outside has additional antiseptic properties due to its cladding made of burned hardwood. The large sliding glass door and the additional window welcome you into the hut with plenty of light.
Round Tiny House – “Escape Pod” by Podmakers
The next creation looks like a pine cone, making it a perfect place for a family vacation. You can also use such mini houses for your privacy if you want to write something or just want to stay alone. This 75 square meter prefabricated house made of birch and oak can be individually adapted in terms of placement, built-in furniture, heating and design.
These mini houses are equipped with a unique entrance. The door is built with a wooden hinge like an airplane. Placing some round mini houses side by side can serve a number of purposes. You can also use the entire living unit as a dining area or for other exciting activities.
The architect Chu Can Dong designed these lovely mini houses. The glazed facade would give you a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains of Northern Vietnam. The assignment was to design an easy-to-build apartment for two people without the cost of it going up in the air.
The success of the project also determined the overall concept, which also includes other identical mini houses. The modern forest hut is equipped with bed linen, sockets, air conditioning and a stove, as well as a small bathroom. Furthermore there is even a jacuzzi on the back of the property.
The Rook Tiny House – Lacy mini houses on wheels
If you want to live the American dream in a tiny cabin this should be your choice. The design and style are reminiscent of the early settlers of the Wild West. The small house is actually not suitable for urban conditions. This 7 meter long residence in Chattanooge, Tennessee has many vertical sliding doors with exposed stainless steel screws.
The metallic elements and the small details immediately attract attention and create a special atmosphere. Despite its size, the house has a full bathroom, laundry facilities, built-in bookshelves and desks, storage and many other facilities. These make it an ideal place to stay for the vagabonds.
The “Getaway” mini house
This would be the ideal hideaway for anyone willing to pay a ton of money per night without a WiFi connection. As their website says, the architects at Gataway do everything possible to design the mini houses as comfortably as possible and according to the needs of the customers. The wellness startup has found some solutions to design mini houses for a relaxing stay, but your health insurance will probably never cover them.
This habitable getaway is specially designed for millennials. The hotel is approximately 2.5 hours from New York. Accordingly, it serves as a refuge for incoming guests who are happy to pay the prices for the keys to their short breaks in a relaxation area.
Koda Tiny House by Kodasema
The main attraction of this 30 square meter house designed by Kodasema from Estonia is its glass facade. The remaining three sides are built with concrete and it only took 7 hours to construct each unit. The compact cube house is provided with a small bathroom, a laundry room and a bedroom on a loft.
The concrete construction is also energy efficient and you can live in it more cheaply than in your usual home. The solution for such mini houses are the solar panels and the glass panes, which ensure a very good price-performance ratio. Incidentally, the architects’ office is also researching ways of designing office and retail spaces with similar construction methods.
Another product from Estonia is this micro-habitat, which is one of the most beautiful in our collection. With a construction time of only 8 hours, these mini houses have glass facades that not only reflect the surroundings outside and ensure privacy, but also allow light and a view from the inside despite the location. Some of the other cool features and functionalities of the design are WiFi, efficient underfloor heating, sound system and a large flat screen TV.
You can buy the ÖÖD house as a complete set. However, the makers and buyers need to take into account the negative reviews this design has received. This is said to have been a death trap for birds. The animals flew in unsuspectingly and then died as a result of the impact. The architects may develop a suitable solution or protection against such events so that mini houses of this type do not pose a threat to the surrounding wildlife in the future.
Tiny Adventure Home from Heirloom
These mini houses are for those of you who like to be on the go and want to lead a minimalist life. Or for those looking for a combination of luxury and adventure. These 8.5-meter-long apartment buildings, which offer enough space for two people, require a careful selection of what is to be transported inside. This has to do with the fact that this project was developed as a mobile vehicle that you can pull with a truck.
The impeccably finished small house also has a dining room with space for 6 people, a fully equipped kitchen and a glass loft area. On nice days you can also open the house on the side via the garage door to welcome the daylight and the air. Another clever addition is the climbing wall, which you can enjoy outdoors during your vacation and thus stay in top shape.
Ecocubo – The micro house made of cork
Ecocubo from Portugal is the perfect offer for those who are looking for close contact with nature. The building is made of wood and cork and it is incredibly light, functional, flexible, easy to assemble, sustainable and of course also environmentally friendly.
The eco-cube is primarily to be seen as a place to sleep. You have to manage the preparation and washing of food elsewhere. Of course, the developers are open to ideas and suggestions. In this regard, buyers can put together similar units that have different functions and serve different purposes.
The environmentally friendly “Podzook”
The inspiration for this is the Archipod, which Chris Sneeby created in Great Britain. The brilliant architect Judi Bernier saw the design and immediately fell in love so much that she had to bring it to the USA and Canada. These mini houses are the epitome of eco-friendliness as they are made in Maine with local and sustainable resources. The wood comes from the region, as does the shingles.
Another interesting fact is that the insulation is made from blue jeans. However, there is no compromise on quality. That said, you can install one or more of these in your space to make it function as office space, guest room, or your own sanctuary.
This project, which is similar to a shipping container, is suitable for people who really have a strict taste. A masculine-looking fireplace defines the minimalist design of the small house. The exterior with its dark, rich wood paneling leaves no room for nonsense, while the pine-wood interiors are furnished with bespoke furniture.
Each side unfolds to give views of the surrounding landscape. The angular house is extremely easy to transport, as the modular cabin does not require any foundations. Other noteworthy features are the pre-installed wind power and the living area, as well as the bathroom and the cozy sleeping area.
The Tiny House Idladla
This prefabricated modular nano house was primarily intended as a comfortable office area to stay in after a stressful day at work. Of course, you can use it as you wish, regardless of whether you are alone or as a couple.
The 17 square meter units look fabulous and were designed in South Africa with the idea of escaping as far away from civilization as possible. At the same time, you can either benefit from the many functions of this compact home as an advantage when you are on vacation or simply enjoy nature in total relaxation on some afternoon.
PV wooden hut
As you probably already know, wood materials are especially suitable for the mini houses. This hut is suitable for adrenaline junkies who like to climb rocks. The beautiful woody bungalow is located in the mountainous region of Pinto, Chile. The towering rock wall creates a unique ambience.
The foundation is made of wooden stilts that raise it above the ground and make it immune to winter snowfall. This gives the single-storey room a double storey height, which creates an illusion of space and at the same time enables a loft bedroom.
Affordable salsa box
These mobile mini houses from the Portland-based company Shelter Wise are not only environmentally friendly, but also particularly transportable. You can choose from three different options, 4, 5 and 6 meters.
Each variant of this is equipped with a kitchen with storage, sleeping quarters, stainless steel counter and many other functionalities. A lot of natural light is available thanks to the windows and skylights. The whole interior looks practically like a compact hotel room or more like a cabin on board a ship.
Modular Wikkel house
This trendy model is more for the aesthetes who often visit cold or wet places, but it is also a suitable version of the mini houses for warm areas. The word Wikkel is Dutch and stands for packaging. It is so named because of the 24 layers of environmentally friendly and high quality cardboard. These are wrapped around the basic shape of the housing.
Thanks to the modular quality, which is 1.2 meters wide, it makes sense to add or dismantle a few extra meters and then start over every time you move to a new location. The waterproof coating and wood paneling make the house extremely durable. After all, you are well looked after with a kitchen and a bathroom with shower.
Logically, mini houses will not be able to compete with fancy hotels in the foreseeable future. Human nature is such that it will be some time before we collectively record CO2 emissions, if at all. Besides, the novelty of the mini houses also makes most of the inclusions in the list quite expensive. But even if you have already gathered some information about it here, you can be positive about the future.