The Japanese Recipe for Making Use of Every Square Inch of the House

It's always interesting and fun to see how other people live around the world, and this "A Small Wooden House In A Kyoto Suburb," is the perfect example of tiny house living in Japan. This tiny house in a suburb of Kyoto was designed by the Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio.

The tiny house appears ordinary at first glance, with a simple rectangular form and gabled roof, but what's special about this tiny house is that it was designed with attention to detail and quality materials. The tiny house has real wood siding, which is quite rare to see on new houses in Japan these days. With land being very expensive in Japan, many homebuilders try to cut costs by using cheaper exterior finishes. By building smaller, homeowners can use some of the savings to splurge on better finishes and fixtures. The tiny house has a traditional Japanese entry sequence with a front door that slides open and leads to the genkan, a sunken area for removing shoes. The architect incorporated an unexpected element into this traditional entry, the front stoop of this tiny house is sheltered by a very modernist metal plate jutting straight out of the wall.

On this tiny house site you will find tiny houses of all kinds, from Victorian gingerbread cottages to minimalist Japanese houses, rustic cabins to modernist models of efficiency, hand crafted cob cottages to factory built prefabs and new designs to clever adaptive reuses of existing buildings. Small House Bliss features small vacation houses, Arts and Crafts bungalows, shotgun houses, accessory dwelling units, converted shipping container homes, beach shacks and more. This site is captivated by small houses. Somehow they seem just right. Small houses evoke a feeling of comfort and security that larger houses often lack. Small homes have the ability to shelter us while consuming fewer resources and demanding less of our time for maintenance and cleaning. Tiny houses are both space and energy efficient. On this small living site you will find small house designs with big impact. You will find all sorts of tiny house designs, ideas and inspirations. You will be amazed at some of the tiny house designs you will find on this site, some of which include tiny sod roofed house in Demark, a grandmothers modern backyard cottage, the Birdhouse a tall and skinny tiny house, tiny house in a Pasadena bungalow court, tiny cottage on the Oregon coast, Pye's Beach house, the brick house, Hillsborough River dock house, a storybook cob cottage, a garden cottage on the river, Artwood Cottage and many more.

The small house movement also known as the tiny house movement, is a famous description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. In the United States the average size of new single family homes grew from 1,780 square feet in 1978 to 2,479 square feet in 2007, and to 2,662 square feet in 2013, despite a decrease in the actual size of the average family. Reasons for this include increased material wealth and prestige. The tiny house movement is a return to houses of less than 1,000 square feet. Frequently the distinction is made between small between 400 square feet and 1,000 square feet, and tiny houses that are less than 400 square feet, with some houses as small as 80 square feet. Downsizing to a tiny house is a great way to do away with large mortgages, hydro bills and all the stuff that goes into a large house, and a way to live a more sustainable lifestyle.


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