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Huts on Sleds Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan

Measuring only 40 square meters, this little hut located on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula shows that density does not necessarily mean clutter. Storage space lines the interior walls and provides accessible compartments regardless of what floor the occupant is on. As with most small dwellings, the ingenuity of space lies in the feeling of openness. A large, collapsable door which can provide shelter from the elements also opens fully to a spectacular view and plenty of ocean breeze. These, along with a loft that doesn’t fully extend to the front wall, give the home almost a vacation suite feel without disrupting the simple, functional appeal.

704 Square Feet Source: NY Times

Gone are the days of bigger is better. Recently the trend has shifted to smaller, but more importantly, more efficient homes. Easily maintainable, potentially self sufficient, and environmentally responsible are now the traits more and more couples are looking for in their homes. Nestled in Portland OR, this 704 square foot home was custom built for roughly $135,000 (not including land purchase) and has more than enough room for the couple who built it.

Great Barrier House Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects

Located on Great Barrier Island in New Zealand, there a masterpiece of timber. Completely sustainable, this home was built with it’s surroundings in mind. It’s elevated timber exoskeleton reflects the neighboring trees and provides flood protection during the rainy season. The porches and exterior facing rooms are aligned for the greatest sun exposure, while still keeping the home cool in the summer. Without any neighbors close by, the living spaces are enclosed with sliding glass doors that the breeze can flow through during the warmer days while still providing excellent views during the colder days. Solar panels on the roof and a water tower provide ample resources for living on this is gorgeous piece a property nestled in the trees.