Category Archives: Design Concepts

Bug-Out House

Did you know that September 2010 is National Preparedness Month? Yeah no kidding… our government has actually deemed the month of September as a time for raising awareness for disaster preparedness. While I like to poke fun at the powers-that-be, I also think it’s not a bad idea to be thinking about preparedness from time […]

Daydreaming about Tiny House Pottery

This is just a fun design exploration I’ve been daydreaming about. It’s a tiny ceramics studio that measure 6′ by 6′ and is configured for a studio potter. You see before the internet took-off and web design took my professional focus, I was a studio potter. While I studied architecture in college I ended up graduating […]

Homestead House by Michael Jantzen

This is the work of a Michael Jantzen, the architect behind the M-Vironments. The Homestead House is a design concept that leverages common agricultural building components to create a simple habitable space. This particular example is not tiny by any means but the concept could easily be downsized. I also have a strong appreciation for small […]

Fold Flat Shelter by Adrian Lippmann

This is a novel idea, a small shelter that folds flat for shipping. It’s the creation of Adrian Lippmann, the founder interior design firm form-al. The interior of the basic shelter measures only 8 square meters (86 square feet) but can be expanded to 13 to 18 square meters (140-194 square feet). The walls are made from […]

Foam Dome Home by Craig

Craig posted this very cool design on Google Buzz the other day and I thought I’d share it with the larger community. Craig also has a blog where he posts many of his clever design concepts called You and your wacky Sketch-up projects that don’t go anywhere. This one is based on the form dome […]

How To Make Unbuildable Land Buildable with Rainwater Collection

I’ve been playing with the idea of finding ways of building on unbuildable land. The term unbuildable land typically refers to property located in a place with a lot of code restrictions. There probably are places that you’d be hard-pressed to build a house too, like a cliff or lake bottom, but even in those […]

Porch Shed Design Competition Entries

The latest design competition at the Secrets of Shed Building is underway. A lot of great designs have been presented and it’s now time for reader voting. Reader comments will be taken into consideration by the judges and is an essential part of the jury process. I believe I’ve got the complete list of entries […]

Porch Shed Competition Entry

The folks at Secrets at Shed Building are running a shed design competition that ends May 15, 2010. Here’s the design brief from the Secrets at Shed Building website. A porch, balcony, verandah or deck at the entrance to a shed forms the  transition between the garden and the interior space. In the winter months […]

Green Shed Design Competition Winners

Pandora Park Community Garden Society, In Vancouver, B.C., recently organized a garden shed design competition. Here’s how they describe what they were going after: “The primary objective is to demonstrate that natural, hand built, recycled, or otherwise sustainably produced building materials and technologies can be used in a contemporary aesthetic and community garden context.” Below […]

Water Tank Tiny House

Actually this is the Infomab10 pavilion created by Kawamura-Ganjavian Studio for Madrid Abierto 2010, a public arts festival in Madrid, Spain. One hundred small holes were drilled in the walls and fitted with little bubble windows to provide light. As you can see by the photos a floor and doorways were added to allow people to […]