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624 Sq. Ft. Energy-Efficient Modern Cabin

This is a 624 sq. ft. energy-efficient modern cabin.

Designed by ASGK Architecture & Design for a family of three who wanted a small space to bring them closer together.

There is a large sliding barn door that opens up the home to the outside. Inside you’ll notice an open floor plan with the kitchen, dining area and living room. Additionally, there are two sleeping lofts accessible by modern steel staircases.

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624 Sq. Ft. Energy-Efficient Modern Cabin


Images © ASGK Architecture & Design



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Images © ASGK Architecture & Design


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  • Deadrock October 19, 2015, 3:04 pm

    I see so many designs on this site (like this Czech one) by Eastern European, Western European, Scandinavian, British, South American, Australian (and New Zealand) designers (not to mention Asian!) that are so innovative and interesting. U.S. based designers are doing some beautiful things with small and tiny homes, but I sure hope the serious ones are taking note of what’s going on outside of our borders – there’s a lot to learn. Small and tiny doesn’t necessarily mean taking the traditional farmhouse, Colonial, Cape Cod, single wide mobile home or whatever and simply shrinking it. Again, there are lots of American designers that are doing wonderful things, but I’ve lost count of how many breathtaking house designs I’ve seen that I click on the links to pursue further, only to find out they are too far away for me to hire their services or buy their kits! So hopefully there are international small and tiny house conferences being planned where great ideas can be swapped back and forth, and those of us in the market for a little home – wherever we may be – can have the benefit of choosing from the best of the best, design-wise.

    • Marcy October 19, 2015, 7:38 pm

      Once again, Deadrock, you speak for me also.

      • Deadrock October 19, 2015, 8:26 pm

        Right? It’s tough work having to put together the perfect house piece by tiny piece, plucking a great kitchen idea from this plan, tweaking the windows on that one, lusting after the staircase on yet another. If only the best designers – wherever on the globe they are – could set up a way to offer their services (conferencing via Skype) or sell their pre-fabs and kits (get dealers in various countries) or ship their products from ports around the world (just pick the one closest to you to save on the shipping cost). Then your favorite designer, even if s/he’s in far flung Patagonia, the mysterious East, or the darkest corner of the Dark Continent, can confer with you on a plan, pick up the phone to a builder in Denver, and get your fabulous pre-fab shipped to you in Dallas. Bada bing, bada boom. But then I’m all about instant gratification. :)

    • Kristina H Nadreau October 19, 2015, 10:36 pm

      agree with Deadrock. and this is a gorgeous design. I hate the upholstered chairs, so what???? so easy to change the minor things, within a beautifully executed design.

    • Mackey Smith October 21, 2015, 7:43 pm

      This has less to do with “ideas” and more to do with context. In Europe, people tend to pay more for smaller, higher quality houses. In the US, people tend to shop by price/square foot. The few people in the US that are interested in downsizing tend to be very price conscious, and are frequently DIY builders.

      Then there is the EXTREMELY conservative US building industry which doesn’t as quickly embrace new technologies like the cross laminated timber and large sliding door you see in the project above. Both of those products are available in the US, but cost 2-3 times what conventional products would cost. In Europe those products are available off the shelf at very competitive prices.

      There are plenty of architects, designers and builders in the US that are capable of pulling off a project like this one. There are not many clients in the US that are interested in spending $450k on a 600 sqft house…

      But yes you highlight an important topic: our building trades are woefully behind most of the world…

      • Deadrock October 22, 2015, 12:24 pm

        Thanks for this. My very recently begun research efforts into tiny/small homes meant I hadn’t given much thought to the realities of geographical differences in house design, beyond the obvious ones related to climate and a few cultural traditions. I probably assumed that the U.S. would offer the greatest availability of options and resources, but now I understand better why that isn’t necessarily true, as well as the reasons for it. Thanks for making me a little smarter!

    • Meg October 23, 2015, 6:31 pm

      You are 100% correct!

  • teresa jakowich October 19, 2015, 6:48 pm

    What is the largest model that can be built on a pullable trailer and moved from place to place without special permits.

  • Kate October 19, 2015, 7:36 pm

    I am pleasantly surprised with this house. Not my style per sey but, I could enjoy living here (with a slight change in furnishings). It’s modern but not too much so. It has plenty of light even on a cloudy day.

  • Carol Perry October 20, 2015, 4:31 am

    Wow!! What an awesome house. It’s very ultra modern. It seems like they have a lot of room to move about. I love the architecture and design of this home!! The huge Windows seem to bring in a lot of light. Enjoy your awesome place!! Carol Perry

  • Nanny M October 20, 2015, 5:43 am

    Feels roomy for the sq footage. Would like to see the bedrooms.

  • Bud October 20, 2015, 11:10 am

    Love that house. What was the final cost if you dont mind me asking?

  • Kerry October 20, 2015, 7:21 pm

    OMG… I am in LOOOOOVE with this home. Sign your name across my heart, ASGK Architecture.

  • Michaelangelo Design Ltd . Beijing and NZ January 10, 2016, 5:40 am

    Great design and use of materials. To answer your questions about designers being available. Yes I guess it must be a bit difficult for most people to get professional advice without having to pay too much. Perhaps in addition to the comment column, we could have a list of designers in different countries who would make some useful comments on plan submissions or write articles on design for Tiny House. For example I am from NZ but working on tiny mobile houses in Beijing. I will put some if the designs and costs on TinyHouse later this year.

    I can answer Teressa’s question about size of a mobile on the road from a Chinese perspective but not from a USA regulatory point of view. Chassis structure has to be licenced to be roadworthy in addition to width, weight and height. Each country has its own regulation. So a panel of international designers might be able to furnish us with detail, cost and design critique. I will put some links on here for online websites the will give everyone design inspiration. Best wishes. Michael

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