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Sustainable and Modular Lake Flato Porch House

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This Lake Flato Porch House is designed by Lake Flato Architects.

The home consists of modular structures that can be arranged together or separately. There are living units, porch units, and sleeping units.

You can also add breezeways, overhangs, and carports. Would you consider a tiny/small house design like this? What’s your favorite part about it? Let us know in the comments. Thank you!

Lake Flato Porch House


Images © Lake Flato Architects

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Images © Lake Flato Architects

Learn more: http://www.lakeflatoporchhouse.com/

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  • Freda Salatino
    January 27, 2015, 3:57 pm

    This is a fabulous concept! I raised my family in a 937 square foot house, which was fine space-wise but afforded little privacy. As I enter my 60’s and begin to think of retirement, I love the notion of finding the right piece of land, living there in a trailer while putting up the first little house, then expanding as the years go by. Space for me, space and privacy for my children when they come to visit, and we’re not stuck with a large, inflexible footprint.

  • Kathy F
    January 27, 2015, 6:14 pm

    This is great. I have been looking for something modular between 500 and 1200 feet that is affordable but not a trailer. This seems like a good solution to be able to add on as finances allow, without tapping in to a strangling mortgage. Are they cold weather capable?

    • Don
      February 19, 2015, 7:01 am

      Any home can be “cold weather capable”. Whatever that means to you.

  • Michael
    January 27, 2015, 6:23 pm

    For me its not really tiny. However there are some features present which I am missing on most tiny homes. Spacious porches, huge windows and roof overhangs. When I am looking on the comparable simple structures and materials used, I think that their pricing seems to be a bit high. What I don’t get is why they need such a long time to get it move in ready.

  • Lisa Fail
    January 27, 2015, 9:37 pm

    Beautiful! I’ve been following for a little more than a year and, I agree with Connelly, this is the most intriguing incarnation I’ve seen. Great implications for accommodating family growth, financial flexibility, inter generational housing, income-producing property, and possibilities for higher density villages. I hope town planners take notice!

    Love the newsletter, Alex! Thanks!

    • Alex
      January 28, 2015, 8:15 am

      Thanks Lisa I’m glad you enjoyed it too!

  • JDBrandes
    January 28, 2015, 11:03 am

    Love the idea but agree that have kids that separate would not work for most. But my #1 thought is where’s the half bath in the main living area or the laundry.

  • Karson
    January 28, 2015, 5:52 pm

    Was anyone able to find pricing from this company?

  • Rob
    January 30, 2015, 10:54 am

    While I have no doubt these are constructed very well, these seem to be a bit expensive if your main goal is ‘small housing’. From the website: “Current projections for hard building cost range around $200-250 per square foot.”

  • Monique
    February 8, 2015, 8:26 pm

    I like the idea of modules that can be added later – it makes a tiny house perfect for a young couple who then have children later. Love the huge windows – I have designed my tiny house (360 sq. ft.) with a window wall similar to this – I think it will be awesome!!

  • Conrad
    February 24, 2015, 11:11 pm

    The main thing I like about “Tiny, Small Homes” when the design takes into consideration the outdoors. I like the modular designs such as this one is designed. I love the windows views to the outdoors, and the possibility of adding more space in clusters for family and visitors alike to enjoy. I love the concept but it looks like this design is targeted for warmer climates, like Hawaii. Where insulation is not that important as it would be in Flagstaff, Arizona. Yet, all those things can be made a part of your project. What is most important is the design and concept for living, with less space and especially small to no mortgage burdens.

  • Cheryl
    March 1, 2015, 7:56 pm

    I do love all of the windows! The simple design allows nature to be the grand dame!

  • Karen R
    June 10, 2015, 1:46 pm

    Nice floor plan options.

  • SteveDenver
    June 10, 2015, 2:36 pm

    There is a hidden message in this house: no midnight snacking.
    I love the varied light that comes through the different slat-wall designs. There is a lot of thought in the craftsmanship.

  • Theo
    June 10, 2015, 6:01 pm

    It’s not for me. Metal? Hot in summer, cold in winter, loud in rain. Done it, won’t again.

  • Rich
    June 10, 2015, 7:08 pm

    I have long-admired the work of Lake/Flato. Note that these units are as wide as a mobile home, would not fit most of our budgets and are climate specific.

  • June 10, 2015, 9:51 pm

    I love the idea. Yes, climate specific and yes, tin roofing is noisy, however, if you live in one of THOSE climates, maybe there won’t be much rain to make noise so when you do finally get some rain, it would be a refreshing sound. I think there should at least be a powder room in the main building for guests visiting for dinner (as opposed to over-night guests). I didn’t see laundry… Certainly it’s there somewhere. I love the idea and have tinkered with a “compound” idea to be built if I ever retire to Arizona. A big wall around the place with 4 corners, 1) Garage in one corner; 2) Great Room (including kitchen, dining, living areas with a 1/2 bath in another corner; 3) Master Suite including bedroom, bathroom & library/study in 3rd corner; and 4) guest rooms in one building in the 4th corner… 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, like a tiny hotel for guests. A pool/sauna would be in the center.. This would make for a great Tiny-house compound.

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