Category Archives: Design Concepts

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 […]

Dream and Fly Bubbles

Dream and Fly, the designers of these little airport shelters must get stuck in airports a lot or be expecting an increase in air travel delays. All kidding aside these little shelters are interesting explorations into tiny space design albeit in a futuristic aesthetic. These is also looks very similar to the SLEEPBOX design concept […]

Covert Trailer

Another on of my readers sent me a cool tiny house design with a couple of unique features. Here’s what Chris says about the design: I am a builder and aspiring architect, and have been thinking a lot recently about space efficiency and cheap, sustainable living. I’ve drawn up a plan for an 8’x12′ trailer […]

Tiny House on Skids

One of my regular readers shared some designs with me over the weekend. Tracy’s idea is to design a small lightweight habitable module that slides onto a common flatbed trailer. The entire structure would be built on top of skids tall enough to clear a trailer’s wheels so that the width of the house can […]