Great find by Don, a reader of Relaxshacks.com. It’s a historic playhouse but I suspect this may inspire some people to doll-up their tiny homes.
“The Dietz Doll House is one of the Seguin Conservation Society’s most charming properties and like the others, comes with an intriguing history. It was built in 1910 by Louis Dietz for little Alice O’Brien, 5 years old, who had come to Seguin as an orphan train child.”
It appears the answer is yes… habitable sheds are popping up in the UK.
“A fascinating business proposition in Oxford is moving the shedworking/tiny houses story forward.
As reported by the BBC Oxford businessman Robin Swailes is marketing £25,000 shedlike pods (3m x 2.5m) with electricity, kitchen, bed, toilet, shower, underfloor heating and running water as small homes for those struggling to get onto the property ladder in the city.”
Timber framing seems to be making a comeback – and I can see why.
“Shown is one way of finishing our 8 1/2′ x 11′ timber-framed mini-barn. We are selling a kit for the frame of this mini-barn as well as plans for 2×4 construction of the same size cottage For more information, people can go to our website: www.stilesdesigns.com“
Nice to see such small thinking. After all sometimes it takes less to think more.
“There now exists in the world a house that measures one square meter. The aptly named One-Sqm-House was designed and conceived by Berlin-based architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel as a place where ‘no one other than I, myself, can decide what happens with this one square meter of mine in the world. It’s the only square meter in the world where I can decide what direction the window looks in, what direction the door opens in, what neighbors I have.’”
Posh shipping container guest house has some nice features like a green roof, gray water recycling, composting toilet, and telephone pole foundation.
“Texas architect Jim Poteet helped Stacey Hill, who lives in a San Antonio artists’ community, wrangle an empty steel shipping container into a playhouse, a garden retreat and a guesthouse for visiting artists. The container measures a narrow and long 8 by 40 feet; Hill asked that a portion of the square footage be retained as a garden shed and the rest serve as the living space. The architect added floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, heating and air-conditioning, a green roof, bamboo flooring and wallcovering, a small sink and shower and a composting toilet, and placed the structure on a base made from recycled telephone poles.”
This house isn’t tiny but it is an interesting approach that could be downsized to provide an interesting underground tiny home. The view from inside would be virtually non-existant but it would provide incredible privacy.