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646 Sq. Ft. Modern Cabin in Sweden

Uniquely designed, this 646 sq. ft. modern cabin in Sweden has amazing indoor/outdoor living space plus great windows.

Since this cabin is in the middle of the woods the idea was to keep the building process environmentally friendly. To do this the owners had the lumber pre-cut to the exact dimensions using computer technology to help reduce the disturbance in the surrounding forest.

Inside the cabin is a great indoor/outdoor living area. The kitchen looks like it has plenty of cabinets and space to cook.

I did not see a picture of the bathroom but when looking at the floor plans the bathroom is just to the left of the kitchen.

The downstairs also has two bedrooms. And up the floating stairs, that I just love, is a loft bedroom with more amazing windows with views of the forest.

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646 Sq. Ft. Modern Cabin in Sweden

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  • Cahow June 19, 2015, 9:07 am

    Very unique and I also LOVE the ‘floating stairs.’ HOWEVER, having just visited a 38 year old friend in hospital who FRACTURED HER HIP when she misstepped from a curb….PLEASE include a handrail on all of these designer stair cases! Accidents DO happen (even to very young people) and being able to attempt a ‘catch & grab’ on a handrail could save someone a trip to hospital!

    I was a bit saddened to see this home SO bereft of human habitation. There’s Minimal and then there’s Spartan and then there’s Just Plain Empty….even a throw rug or coffee cup on a window sill would have given off more of a Home vibe rather than Corporate Office. But, I guess the architect was more interested in showing off the finished product than a home. ~shrug~

    • Kelli July 20, 2015, 11:08 pm

      OMG, can’t believe you mentioned that about the curb mishap by your friend… I had the same thing happen when I was only 30. A very simple catch of the curb with only half of my foot and I broke my ankle in 3 places. It was terrible. Accidents can definitely happen, so I always think the same thing when I see these designs without handrails, or railings in the lofts… they are the first things I would add. 🙂

  • Sally June 19, 2015, 12:45 pm

    I agree on all points. The exterior is nice, fitting in great with the existing landscape. I love the big open side to the outdoors. But the interior needs some Kaffe Fassett pillows and rugs, and I also zeroed in on those steps.
    I fell down my front steps one rainy night last winter, and it was a life-changing event. My entire house/living situation had to be overhauled. Embarrassing loss of independence and health. Falling at any age is painful and expensive, and should be avoided if at all possible. Those pretty little steps need railings!

  • Comet June 19, 2015, 1:14 pm

    @CAHOW–Yes I thought the same=–looks like some sort of corporate “retreat” where the actual use of a coffee cup would be excessive. Looks like an OR to me–and not in a good way!

    And those STAIRS—I managed to break my ankle and leg just sliding on snow–imagine what I could do on something like THESE!

    Not at all what I was picturing when I read the title!

    • Cahow June 19, 2015, 5:28 pm

      Hi, Comet! Long time no see; glad to read your comments, again. I’ve missed you. 😀

      I got a good guffaw from your comment, “…where the actual use of a coffee cup would be excessive.” Bwhahahahhaaaaaa…

      I don’t know if you’ve seen this advert on TV; it’s for Intel Processors and Jim Parsons from “The Big Bang Theory” is in it. It features a very, very Manhattan 5th Avenue couple, gazing at a clear tall vase. The man places a single anthurium bloom inside the vase and asks the equally haughty woman, “Too Much?”, to which she responds, “Maybe without the flower.”

      Well, Jim Parsons accidentally knocks over the vase, shattering it, and the woman’s response is a gleeful, “Even LESS clutter.” LOL THIS “cabin” would be PERFECT for that couple! 😀 (you can see the advert on youtube if you’re interested.)

    • Varenikje June 21, 2015, 8:02 pm

      OR… operating room?

  • Varenikje June 20, 2015, 1:37 am

    I fail to see the point of a home with no furniture. But maybe I’m just a country bumpkin.

    • Cahow June 20, 2015, 7:26 am

      Varenikje: If you’re a Country Bumpkin, move over! LOL I’m guessing that these photos are from the architect’s site, so they are showcasing the build. It is rather disappointing, though; rather like going to a restaurant website to see photos of their specials and only seeing photos gleaming EMPTY plates! 😉

    • Varenikje June 21, 2015, 7:55 pm

      Yes, I’ll take a #8 or no, maybe a #4 or hmmm…

  • alice h June 20, 2015, 2:44 pm

    My first thought was holy cow, must not be a lot of bugs around there. I love the big opening windows but without a screen they wouldn’t get a lot of use around my place. Wouldn’t take much to spiff the place up, add some colourful traditional rag rugs for a start.

  • Judith Anderson June 21, 2015, 1:03 pm

    I think this is just lovely. I do hope the open air is refreshing and free of bugs.

  • vee rae June 21, 2015, 2:14 pm

    I like this! I guessed that it was merely a “bare bones” design. I think the stairs are marvelous, but I agree on the necessity of handrails.
    Of course it helps, as it always does to have sliders that open
    up to lovely scenery. I would go in and add my “stuff” and be happy as a clam!!!

  • Glenda Leader June 21, 2015, 5:27 pm

    Loved the comments & agree re railing on staircases. It used to be the law to provide it but it seems nowadays safety rules are a nuisance … As for slippery wooden decks, last year I had a fall on a neighbour’s slimy deck while feeding their dog when they were away. I fell heavily, landed with an almighty, painful thud on the back of my head & knew immediately I was in trouble. I had a brain injury — concussion — had to rest for six weeks and was not allowed to drive.
    A different point re this beautiful house: Just abt all of the Tiny Houses are built beneath trees. I live in New Zealand, where our homes are designed to get as much sun as possible. I could never live in the shade — the houses look so cold to me.

    • Cahow June 22, 2015, 1:13 pm

      Glenda: I’m SO sorry to read about the horrid Slip & Fall that you experienced. 🙁 I pray that you recovered fully.

      I agree with your statement about railings/guardrails being a “nuisance” nowadays. As an architect, I know that my company still insists that ALL of my clients have hand rails on stairs and railings/supports around decks or I refuse to take the job! Yet, when I’m mentioned in article after article at Alex’s site that “…that deck NEEDS a railing” or “…those stairs MUST have a handrail!”, some of the more “Don’t Tread On Me Crowd” come back with retorts that “…not EVERYONE is a klutz and in Europe they have fewer building restrictions.”

      ~meh~ So…what they are IMPLYING is that NO ONE in Europe EVER falls and are as fleet of foot as a Spring Lamb, right? Okay, let’s go with that lie, shall we? Whatever. When my daughter and her best friend were a young and spry 21 years old, BOTH of them, on the exact same day, slipped and fell on a FLAT sidewalk that was wet but covered with rain-soaked Autumn leaves. Daughter fractured her right arm; friend fractured her collar bone and right wrist! So, even when you are young and nimble, accidents can happen.

  • Martha June 21, 2015, 8:00 pm

    Where is the humanity?!

  • d June 22, 2015, 4:58 am

    yes, i would probably put a tile outside and have hardwood floor inside to warm it up (and soften the floor on one’s back during cooking/living). i like the look of the stairs but even as able bodied, like a railing (mild vertigo?)

    i think a wood floor inside would “warm” it up.

  • JanneZack June 22, 2015, 7:47 am

    After reading 12 or more comments above, I have to defend the Architect here. This house was built in Sweden. Every design I have seen from Sweden (and the other scandinavian countries) is White and Empty. I don’t get the lack of color, but maybe it’s that they want to blend into the scenery there… snow. We like to blend into the scenerey here, which is typically wooded or whatever. So, I’m not going to complain about the sterile environment. One would hope that the owners would add their furniture and color along with that. I don’t know how people live with white on white, on white… With my family, we’d have fingerprints EVERYWHERE.

    This appears to be a 3 bedrooms house. That is pretty awesome. I’ve been selling home plans for 25 years (our company for over 50) and back in the day we could sell a 3-bed, 1-bath house very easily, but no longer. But for a tiny house, this seems quite spacious.

    For those of you who have not lived in the mountains, there are a lot fewer bugs at those elevations, so I would imagine that there are lots of times when you can open the walls up to enjoy the breezes, but then I’ll bet it’s COLD. I do love the idea of it. In So. Cal, I’d think this would be a fabulous house too. Florida, no way!

    Overall, I just don’t get the modern architectural style of this type of house, where nothing is “neither round nor square” as my Mamaw used to say. No square corners, no 90 degree angles, the walls seem to lean outwards so that I would feel that it was always wrong, leaning, not good. So, I’d take it, but I’d want them to fix the leaning bits!

    Overall it is beautifully done, but I’ll bet in my market, when a 746 sq. ft HOUSE would cost about $60k to build, I’ll bet this was $400,000 easily. Tiny and clean, but not practical for those looking to downsize their mortgages by going tiny.

  • vee rae June 22, 2015, 10:06 am

    I agree with you, Alex! Looks like no one’s moved in yet!
    We all have different taste — I would grab it in a minute and
    have no problem “warming it up”!!! :)!

  • Rich June 22, 2015, 12:52 pm

    Alex, tx for continuing to post some extraordinary smaller houses to inspire us.

  • vee rae June 22, 2015, 1:26 pm

    Yes! Cahow — my stepson was in his early thirties when he
    slipped on his icy walkway — broken arm was the result!!! Need
    railings — period!

    • Cahow June 22, 2015, 1:49 pm

      THANK YOU for your validation that railings ARE important, vee rae!

      I hope that your stepson made a FULL recovery! 😀

  • Glenda June 22, 2015, 5:38 pm

    Thanks, Cahow. Our house has two floors which means I have to walk downstairs to the laundry. I used to trip UP (?? true!) the stairs when young & agile & always in a hurry. Now, though, I always hold on to the handrail and walk s-l-o-w-l-y up or down. Concrete decks can also be lethal.

  • gianni July 15, 2015, 8:40 pm

    So Okay! THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY MYYYYY STYLE. I admit I am a little OCD. Can’t stand a thing out of place and I don’t care for over decorating. I guess I am into simple and plain.
    Thank Alex

  • Blaise Gauba July 15, 2015, 11:21 pm

    Wow! Well…what can I say? It’s Swedish design. Say no more.

  • max July 15, 2015, 11:58 pm

    Even being a rock climber and outdoorsman I find those stairs to look like a killer! Hope there is a handrail (or two) and a person with a good grip.

    In response to one of the comments. I don’t mind the “this home SO bereft of human habitation” That’s part of the appeal to tiny homes and minimalists.

  • Susanne July 16, 2015, 3:19 am

    Enjoyable to see these unique designs…:)

  • Karen R July 20, 2015, 2:32 pm

    The floor plan is great, but I (as usual) would want at least a half bath upstairs. I agree with the calls for a railing, but the rest shows how “small” a family can comfortably go. It would be nice to warm it up with furnishings, but I think the design is the star here (although empty spaces look smaller).

  • Adina Hirschmann July 21, 2015, 11:03 pm

    This house is an example of why we have building codes in the United States. It’s an accident waiting to happen. You could never pass inspection without handrails and balusters on the side of the staircases facing into the room. Also, the balusters cannot be further apart than 6″ on center, in order to prevent a baby’s head from passing through. Nothing like that here. All that white is too cold and sterile. Reminds me of a house built for someone allergic to everything in his/her environment, however, the optionally open lower level seems to contradict that purpose, is not good for security, lets in every species of flying wildlife and does nothing to keep the rain out. Just wondering what the flooring is on that level…

  • Glema July 23, 2015, 5:40 am

    Ah, we all live together in a little crooked house. 🙂 The odd shaping on the windows was what I saw first. Then the huge upper window, that would be great long as I was out in the boonies and had some privacy. As for the vacancy part of the house, I figure it is just like when you buy any other house, your own imagination fills it as to where YOUR stuff would go and how it would look in it. I like the house and totally agree about a rail with the stairs 😉 May God bless you all and thanks for sharing this Alex.

  • kristina nadreau August 31, 2015, 10:42 am

    beautiful. the scandinavians use clear, bright, primary colors in small doses in their homes. when this is occupied it will have exactly that.

  • Melody Banger September 3, 2015, 12:38 am

    I think safety should be a top concern when building or buying. However, I appreciate other countries having a “buyer beware” type philosophy. The burden should be on the homeowner. It makes me sick to think of all the regulations and enforcement dollars our government shucks out because people can’t use the good sense God gave them! Sometimes it’s like we live in a country of babes(or morons).

  • Jeremy September 23, 2015, 11:48 am

    Dem Swedes….Doing it right.

  • Brian October 25, 2015, 9:19 am

    Those stairs look like a medieval torture device. I admit they are lovely to look at, but they don’t even have a bullnose edge. Sharp. Clean. Edges. One slip and they would cut you open.

  • Dawn February 3, 2016, 2:18 pm

    I agree with everyone about the stairs, they should add cables that do from the floor, or top of the stairs, up to the ceiling. That would give protection while not cutting into the aesthetic.

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