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Small-Space Living: 13 Radical Tiny Cottages

I spent the first 18 years of my life occupying Harry Potter–size quarters in an otherwise spacious house—and feeling as if I was the lucky one. And though I’ve since gained a bit more elbow room, I’ve been gratified to watch the tiny house movement mushroom in the past decade. (And yet frequently let down by the twee hippie-gnome lairs that await beyond so many downsized front doors.) More architects ought to join the downsizing crusade—but, fortunately, enough have that the seeds of first-rate minuscule design have been planted. Here are some standouts, many of them from Remodelista and Gardenista’s own greatest-hits archive.

N.B.: One man’s hut is another’s palace. We tend to be generous in our definition of tiny: Our selections here range in size but most are under 300 square feet.

Guralnick, M. (2015, May 20). Small-Space Living: 13 Radical Tiny Cottages. Retrieved May 21, 2015, from http://www.remodelista.com/posts/small-space-living-13-radical-tiny-cottages-designed-by-architects?utm_source=Remodelista/Gardenista Subscriber List&utm_campaign=d26f58a198-Remodelista Daily Mail Campaign&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_447a717cea-d26f58a1

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Transition of a Fortified Italian Farmhouse

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Once upon a time, Arrighi was a watchtower peering over Tuscany and all along the Niccone Valley, with an adjoining fortified farmhouse. In recent years, the dwelling known as Castello di Reschio, in Umbria, Italy, is the result of a meticulous restoration that resulted in a luxurious L-shaped main house, and a standalone guest cottage.

Once the fortified farmhouse and watchtower, the impressive five bedroom main house is approached via a large paved courtyard beyond the entrance gates, past the sweet guest cottage that contains a double bedroom, en-suite bathroom, library and fully-fledged kitchen.

A glass encased external staircase tower is flooded with sunlight, and soaks in the extensive view over the very private and unspoiled 2,700 acre Reschio Estate, filled with rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves, chestnut and oak trees, extensive infinity pool and pool house.  (HOUSE TOURS)

HOUSE TOURS, . “Transition of a Fortified Italian Farmhouse.” home Designing. N.p., 18 Jul 2012. Web. 18 Jul. 2012. <http://www.home-designing.com/2012/07/transition-of-a-fortified-italian-farmhouse?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed: home-designing (Home Design Ideas)&utm_content=Yahoo! Mail>.


lacroze miguens prati: la compartida, house in tajamares

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  image © gustavo sosa

buenos aires-based practice lacroze miguens prati have completed ‘la compartida’ a residence positioned within a field in tajamares de la pedrera, rocha, uruguay. a minimal rectilinear volume stretches along a northeast to southwest axis. a low-profile roof spans the continuous interior, with a stepped profile to introduce natural daylight through a clerestory band. glass walls enclose a central living space, offering views to the meadow in either direction. the quaint size of the common areas is expanded by visual transparency to the rolling landscape.
the interior opens to a veranda which borders each side of the building, one containing a swimming pool which parallels the facade. the end wing contains the master bedroom while the opposing half of the home is subdivided to create two intimate spaces, large enough for individual sleeping quarters.   (db)

 

db, lauren. “lacroze miguens prati: la compartida, house in tajamares.” designboom. N.p., 04 Apr 2012. Web. 6 Apr. 2012. <http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/20315/lacroze-miguens-prati-la-compartida-house-in-tajamares.html&gt;.

 

 


Architectural Elements: Sliding Barn Doors

Whether they’re new or reclaimed, the doors lend their rustic, practical sensibility to a space. They save room but are not tucked away like pocket doors, making a virtue out of their rugged beams and industrious hardware.

 

“Architectural Elements: Sliding Barn Doors.” Remodelista. N.p., 30 Mar 2012. Web. 31 Mar. 2012. <http://remodelista.com/posts/architectural-elements-sliding-barn-doors?utm_source=Remodelista Daily Subscriber List&utm_campaign=e522f1ada2-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email>.

 


Practical Outdoor Table Upgrade

After a hard and tiring working day you begin to think of a nice way of ending your day. You may have plenty of options and one of them is to call your friends and invite them at your home. These moments of relaxation are always welcome.

You may surprise your friends in a nice manner by presenting them an interesting idea that can be put into practice really easily .For our moments of relaxation become complete we invite our friends to sit at a practical outdoor table with a nice upgrade design. Around this table we can sit chatting; playing some cards or we can just simply relax. We may also have a nice dinner and for a delicious meal a nice glass of wine is always a great company. As a perfect hostess we should be prepared with all sorts of good quality bottles of wine for our guests. We should also bare in mind the fact that wine must be always cold.

So a simple solution seems to help us create this practical outside table upgrade where the central part of it was replaced by a metal gutter in order to create a built-in drink chiller. Here you can put some ice and your bottles of wine and thus you will get the certitude that besides a high quality wine you will have a cold one too. {found on tumblr

(Strachinaru)

Strachinaru, Simona . “Practical Outdoor Table Upgrade.” Homedit. N.p., 19 Nov 2011. Web. 20 Nov. 2011. http://www.homedit.com/practical-outdoor-table-upgrade/.

 
 
 

Vertical Garden

via Remodelista

Outdoor walls become eye-catching gardens with our hanging wool pocket planters. Framed in a rustic wood, these unusual plant pockets make a striking statement and a convenient kitchen garden when planted with your favorite herbs or berries. These UV resistant 100% recycled fiber felt wall planters are made with reused plastic water bottles, making them a sustainable addition to your outdoor landscape.   (Remodelista)

Remodelista, . Long vertical garden [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://remodelista.com/products/long-vertical-garden


pure, natural and handmade.

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It’s all about the people and their crafts.   (Oliva & Marie Boutique)

Oliva & Marie Boutique, . (n.d.). Products. Retrieved from http://www.oliviamarieboutique.com/?utm_source=Remodelista+Daily+Subscriber+List&utm_campaign=a08e6d4a98-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email