It Looks Expensive, but It Was Designed to Cut Costs

It Looks Expensive, but It Was Designed to Cut Costs

Stunning is just one of the words that come to mind when you see this tiny house "Casa Mar Azul" located near Mar Azul, a coastal village south of Buenos Aires. The tiny house was built among a grove of pine trees, with holes incorporated into the deck and a roof overhang to accommodate the existing trees. The goal for the BAK Arquitectos was to design a low-cost and low-maintenance summer tiny house.

The tiny house has two bedrooms in its single level floor plan of only 721 square feet. The layout of this tiny home is very unique for a small house, with the BAK architects placing the bathroom at the center of the floor plan. The other rooms are arranged around the space, with a path circling the bathroom. Sliding doors allow the kitchen and private areas of the tiny house to be closed off from the living area as needed. Concrete was used as the main building material for its low cost, low maintenance and its ability to blend in with the grays of the surrounding forest. The raw concrete gives the interior a natural appearance, with the walls and ceiling offering some added character by the texture of the boards used to form them. The outer walls of the living area space are glazed to ensure that there is maximum light within the dark forest location. There are two skylights that align with the bathroom walls brining daylight into the center of the house.

The exterior fits in perfectly with its forest surroundings, with weathered wood used on the exterior of the tiny house, and a wooden deck that has trees growing right through the deck. Inside the use of lots of glass really brings the outside in, and makes the tiny house feel that more spacious. The wooden ceilings and use of lots of natural materials from glass, weathered wood, white walls, and concrete tie in wonderfully with this beautiful natural location. This tiny space is modern and beautiful and would be a pleasure to spend time in.

Tiny houses seem to be popping up wherever you look. Just when you thought you had seen the coolest tiny house design, along comes another one, to raise the bar even higher. A glimpse of the tiny houses you will see there include forest cottage in Sweden, Wood Studio house, Compact guest cottage in Portland, House Zilvar, Owl Tree cabin, tiny sod roofed house in Denmark, a grandmother's modern backyard cottage, The Birdhouse, tiny house in a Pasadena bungalow court, tiny cottage on the Oregon coast, the brick house guest suite, Savannah bungalow with wraparound porch, tiny shotgun cottage in New Orleans, coastal cottage on Grand Manan Island, Susan's tiny backyard cottage with a loft and stairs, Hillsborough River dock house, The Cubby and so much more.

These days it seems like everywhere you look you are seeing tiny houses from locations all over the world. It seems more and more people are thinking about tiny homes, and because of that you are seeing a variety of designs, styles and plans available to choose from. In this modern world many of us have become accustomed to living in larger sized homes, when it fact we really don't need as much space as we all think. Tiny house living is a lesson in simplicity and a break away from needing so much, in this consumer driven world we live in. We could all use a bit less stuff, and with that we could save some money and possibly afford to do more of the things we love.

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