Project Portable Home ÁPH80 is a design by Madrid based ÁBATON Architects, a dwelling ideal for two people, easily transported by road and ready to be placed almost anywhere. This tiny house is comprised of only 290 square feet (27 square meters), sectioned into private and public spaces and ready for immediate placement. The proportions are the result of a thorough study by the architectural team so that the different spaces are recognizable and the feeling indoors is one of fullness. This low cost pre-fabricated housing solution is priced from $42,862, with an estimated one day assembly time and manufacturing taking approximately 4-6 weeks per unit.
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It is a simple yet sturdy construction made of materials chosen to provide both comfort and balance. ÁPH80 embodies the principles and objectives of ÁBATON: wellbeing, environmental balance, and simplicity.
ÁPH80 has 3 different spaces measuring 27 square meters (9×3): a living-room/kitchen, a full bathroom and double bedroom. Its gabled roof is 3.5 meters high indoors. Most of the materials can be recycled and meet the sustainable criteria that ÁBATON applies to all its projects.
It blends in with the environment thanks to its large openings that bring the outdoors inside. The use of wood throughout the building not only adds calmness and balance but it is also hypoallergenic. The sourced wood comes from regulated forests (will regrow to provide a wide range of other benefits such as further carbon storage, oxygen generation and forest habitat).
Technical Data: The outside is covered with grey cement wood board. Ventilated facade with 10 centimeters thermal insulation around the building. Solid timber structure manufactured through numerical control; Inside timber panels made of Spanish Fir Tree dyed white. ÁPH80 has been designed and manufactured fully in Spain.
Manufacturing time: 4-6 weeks. Assembly time: 1 day. Transportation by road. We are currently developing simpler series which can be added to the ÁPH80 to suit every particular need, creating larger spaces and contributing to the project’s versatility.
Photos: Juan Baraja
Designing small spaces presents a tricky design challenge, but since the living room is where you typically spend the majority of your time, designing a small one becomes even more problematic. Since you do a lot of entertaining in this space, it needs to showcase a great sense of style and functionality. You need to be able to strike a perfect balance between making the room feel as spacious as possible, yet trying to squeeze in extra seating for entertaining family and guests. You need to access your needs for what you will doing in this space to decide on what furniture you should select, and where to place it. We have put together a collection of small living room living room ideas with several design tips to help you make the most of your space. These rooms will show you that small living rooms can be super-functional without sacrificing style.
These spaces are examples of how one can really express and showcase your own sense of style even when space is limited. The designs range from Scandinavian chic to colorful spaces, ones with high ceilings, traditional and contemporary. This list aims to not only inspire you but to impress upon you that despite the space available in your home, if you choose — you will be able to create your own incredible living room. Have a look at the photos below and prepare to be inspired!
If you are looking for further inspiration, have a look at some of our past articles related to small spaces and living rooms, 40 Inspiring small space interiors and Small living room solutions for furniture placement.
Vibrant brights and high-contrast neutrals showcase artistic flair and youthful exuberance in the Color Pizzazz color collection from HGTV® HOME by Sherwin-Williams.
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This tiny Hollywood home is the residence of Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser who purchased his slice of Tinseltown in 2003, but it wasn’t till 2010 that he contracted designer Funn Roberts to renovate the space. The 580 square foot space was carved into several small rooms, something that the actor had endured for a long time before commencing a partnership with the designer and builder. The design process literally started at the front door, an old wooden door that the designer said must go. They replaced it with a steel and glass one, which ended up setting the aesthetic tone for the rest of the renovation. The two planned smart, space-saving ideas and clever ways to devise them, in what the actor calls a “Japanese-industrial” style. The space was completely opened up into one large room. One intriguing design move was to design a shower for the middle of the living room, which was inspired by the 2008 film Synecdoche, New York.
The bathroom and closets were arranged along one wall and then hidden behind custom Japanese-inspired fiberglass-and-steel sliding screens that glow when illuminated from behind. Custom light boxes along the top of the wall burn gently as well. The home’s most clever design contraption was the bed that descends from the ceiling for sleeping and then rises again to give the actor extra living space when he is moving around. The pulley system that controls the hanging bed needed some serious hardware, including a 300-pound steel counterweight that’s hidden in a corner of the closet. For the headboard, the designer fastened a huge slab of redwood to the wall but put it on hinges so that, when the bed is raised, the piece of wood can flip down to double as a desk.
The designer worked with Kartheiser’s existing appliances in the kitchen, trading the old cabinetry for new teak.
When not in use as the headboard, the large redwood slab folds down to become a desk.
The bed was designed to hang from the ceiling and can be hoisted up and pulled down as needed.
The bed is counterbalanced by a 300-pound weight.
For extra privacy, a thick red theater curtain on a ceiling track; the curtain emerges out of an adjacent closet to completely cordon off his bedroom space.
Custom shoji-inspired screens of Roberts’s design conceal the closet and extend to provide privacy for the adjacent shower and soaking tub. The sink in the bathroom is made from a boulder taken from the property of one of Roberts’s pals.
Roberts found the Montauk black slate, which he continued in a second bath.
Kartheiser’s private courtyard includes a covered seating area and fire pit, designed by Roberts. Pulling the top off a seeming coffee table reveals that it’s actually a fireplace
Kartheiser’s courtyard also includes a dry sauna with a ceiling made from 2,500 pieces of wood.
The area includes a Wally planter from Woolly Pocket near the custom steel-and-glass doors.
Nakai House is a cabin designed and built by eight architecture students from the University of Colorado in the southwestern Utah desert for for poet, farmer and entomologist Lorraine Nakai. The design of Nakai House was inspired in equal measures by her love of the land and literature. Under the guidance of tutor Rick Sommerfeld, the students teamed up with charity DesignBuildBLUFF, who regularly work with students to provide housing for some of the 2.4 million Native Americans that live in dilapidated or overcrowded housing on tribal land. The 745 square foot home set in the Navajo Nation was completed in an impressive 180 days for with the use of recycled materials at a cost of only $25,000!
A study in efficiency in both energy use and space, the home is defined by a 50’-long bookshelf that allows Lorraine to show off her large, eclectic book collection while separating an open space for working and entertaining visitors from Lorraine’s more private living spaces. The public zone of the floor plan constitutes an open space subtly layered to provide three zones of privacy. A ribbon window next to the kitchen table frames the nearby Cedar Mesa perfectly, while a window seat projects outward beneath the shade of a tree, providing Lorraine with many places to read, write and be inspired. The fireplace, an integral part of the Navajo Culture, further denotes the transition from the public to the private.
The team were tasked with replacing the home of Lorraine Nakai, an avid collector of books, ornaments and other memorabilia. “When we met her, she had her collections piled and dispersed within her old house. She expressed a strong desire to be able to showcase her eclectic collections in her new home – they were truly a part of who she was,” explains the team.
Rather than a conventional bedroom, Lorraine’s bedroom is merely a sleeping nook nestled within the bookshelf. For her guests, a lofted sleeping space above the library can be accessed by climbing a hand constructed ladder. The ‘stepping’ floor plan provides panoramic views of the northern mountains, while the western splash window frames views of the desert landscape.
The house was sited perpendicular to the three existing buildings to create a communal courtyard. Opening to the south, this exterior courtyard provides cool breezes in the summer while shielding the harsh western winds of the winter. In response to the geomorphology of the site, the roof gestures up to a lone tree on the northeast and the nearby hill to the southwest. A parabolic roof that seems to move with the wind and the surrounding dunes rises above a rainscreen made from reclaimed spandrel glass that reflects the desert landscape. Vertical tongue and groove cedar wraps the house above the band of glass and abuts to the knife edge overhang of the corten steel roof.
This modern urban townhome model has recently been designed by Cecconi Simone, representing a community of urban residences envisioned for Downtown West, Toronto, Canada. Conceived around the principals of Active House, a Danish movement committed to healthy and sustainable interior environments, the model brings to life a complete townhome ground-floor.
The 840 square foot show space features an open-plan live–cook–dine area centered on a skylight in the kitchen zone. A wall-to-wall run of custom millwork spans its entire length, with white matte-lacquer built-ins, white Corian counter-backsplash and syncopated walnut niches forming a sweeping backdrop to the extended kitchen-island, in black melamine with counter in black engineered-quartz and breakfast bar / dining surface in solid walnut. The result is a striking interplay of surface planes: pale and dark, matte and reflective, horizontal and vertical.
The model en-suite, arranged around a skylight, includes custom white lacquer and walnut vanities with custom Corian sinks and walnut niches over the tub. The shower and water closet are enclosed in clear and translucent glass, imbuing the space with dimensional complexity.
Photos: Joy von Tiedemann
Axis Mundi was in charge of a complete gut renovation of a small one-bedroom light filled duplex in the Meat-Packing district, New York. One of the outstanding features of the 675 square foot space is the dramatic arched window which fills the space with light. The space was reconfigured, a new kitchen and powder room was designed, new zebrano plank flooring was installed on both levels. The architects designed a custom folded and cantilevered steel staircase which leads to the upper level. A sandblasted glass railing preserves privacy yet allows light to filter into the upper bedroom level. On the upper level the entire facade of the master bathroom is sandblasted glass.
Photos: Mikiko Kikuyama
Are you wanting to transform your small and compact kitchen into a dream kitchen but you’re unsure of where to start? We have presented to you several articles in the past on kitchen design, including Bright and colorful kitchen design inspirations, Gorgeous and inspirational kitchens, and Vintage chic kitchens from Marchi Cucine. The reality is, most of us are tight on space and although large and spacious kitchens are every chef’s dream, sometimes space constraints will not work with us to create these types of kitchens. Even though you may have a smaller space, that doesn’t mean that you cannot still create a beautiful kitchen. Ideally the kitchen work triangle would be a great guide in your kitchen, which is meant to create efficiency, yet if you have a single wall kitchen, it is impossible to achieve. Just be sure to pay close attention to each and every measurement when setting up your kitchen workspace— a few inches can make a big difference, especially in small kitchens.
In a small kitchen, the reality is skimpy counter space, a cramped work triangle and precious little space for appliances. If you are not ready, or willing to knock down walls to create more space for your kitchen, you can do the next best thing: create the impression of a larger space with a few strategic decorating tricks. The problem of creating a fabulous kitchen simply comes down to what you can fit and where. In order to create efficient kitchen design in a small kitchen, you need to work on three major areas: storage, lighting and appliances. Small kitchens may appear to be a design challenge, but they can also be functional, stunning and efficient. Have a look through our vast collection of small kitchen design ideas and prepare to be inspired to create your dream kitchen! Don’t forget to let us know which one is your favorite. If you have renovated recently, we would love you to share your pictures with us on 1 Kindesign, you can submit them here.
Use smaller and more compact appliances. Appliance manufacturers offer more compact space-saving appliances to make small kitchen design easier, such as refrigerators that are 24 inches deep instead of 30 inches deep. Appliances such as microwaves can be hung underneath cabinets to save counter space.
Make use of the center of your kitchen. Create an island in the center of the kitchen that can provide storage that is also convenient from any spot in the kitchen.
Create the illusion of more space with lighting. Creating an illusion of space with under cabinet lighting or under the counter. With the proper type of lighting the kitchen can be made to appear larger and more pleasing.
Open shelving mounted on steel brackets support dishes and provide for light from above.
Use illusion. Make your kitchen appear longer with floor tiles placed on a diagonal.
Replace solid cabinet doors with glass ones. Glass fronts lighten the look of cabinetry and allow the eye to travel through to the back, which helps the kitchen seem more expansive. Just don’t clutter the interiors or you will defeat the purpose.
This stunning urban kitchen in Toronto, Ontario, is a cool Ikea design that transforms a kitchen into aesthetically pleasing yet functional design.
Flood the space with light. Whether your kitchen is done in pale colors or dark ones, light beaming in will help it feel as large as possible. Keep window treatments very simple, or eliminate them entirely, so as not to block the sun.
Storage really matters. Install deeper counters that can accommodate more appliances and increase work space.
Merge into a larger space. This breakfast nook feels like a natural extension of the cooking area.
Use a pullout cabinet. This pullout cabinet works great in small kitchens as a dual-purpose storage and chopping block that can be moved to the center of the kitchen and put away when not in use to save space.
Remove clutter. Don’t crowd counters, shelves and cabinets with clutter, which makes the space look as though it’s bursting at the seams. Instead, focus on a few standout items and necessities and hide the rest away.
Sometimes less is more. Reduce your clutter and create open shelving where you can display your plates and utensils.
Incorporate open shelving. Open shelves reduce visual weight and lend the illusion of a more expansive space. For an even sleeker look, choose floating shelves over models with brackets.
The galley kitchen. Using a galley kitchen design, the cabinets and appliances line up on either side of a corridor. This can works great for a small kitchen!
Paint cabinets the same color as the walls. Limiting the cabinetry and the wall color to a single hue erases visual boundaries that might stop the eye. The conventional school of thought is that pale colors will reflect light and make the space feel bigger, and that’s certainly a safe approach. But don’t be afraid to go dark, either. Deep tones such as black, navy, charcoal and chocolate recede visually and create the impression that the walls are farther back than they really are.
Direct the eye upward. Choose patterns and visual elements that help to guide the gaze toward the ceiling. The vertical lines of the wall and ceiling boards in this kitchen lend the impression of greater height.
Recess storage. Tuck a pantry, shelving or cabinets flush with the wall to keep from obstructing the kitchen’s flow. It’s fairly easy to retrofit a recessed niche, especially if you orient it between wall studs.
Choose furnishings with a small footprint. Select petite islands, slim chairs, streamlined stools and narrow tables that don’t eat up valuable floor space. Avoid chunky furniture legs or thick bases, which add visual bulk.
Design with clean lines. Big corbels, ornate cabinetry and fussy details can make a kitchen feel chopped up. Instead, keep the elements tailored and sleek to smooth out the look and create a roomier feel.
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If you are searching for inspiring design ideas on how to create the perfect small bedroom design layout, we have collected some incredible ideas to share with you. We have published several other inspiring bedroom design ideas, such as minimalist bedroom design ideas and barn style bedroom design ideas as well as a roundup of our most popular bedrooms from 2012, now it is time to give you some functional design solutions for small apartments and homes or even a guest bedroom or attic space that has minimal space but needs some large ideas! Today, we have collected for you 60 images of bedroom interiors that offer brilliant floor plans with clever storage solutions.
If your space currently lacks natural light, smart storage and even the right color palette, it will feel cramped and uncomfortable. With the right techniques, even in the smallest of bedrooms can be more functional and even appear larger. We have some great tips to turn a bedroom, attic, storage space or office area into a cozy bedroom for guests, family or for a personal refuge. Remember that darker colors recede and will make a small space feel enclosed and less spacious. Try using lighter hues and consider painting the ceiling the same shade as the wall to erase shadow lines that visually define a space. If you paint your ceiling white against a dark wall, the space will feel smaller and your eye can gain a sense immediately of the size of the room. If the walls and ceilings have the same tone, you will trick your eye into not being able to see where the room’s parameters start and end, therefore making the room appear more spacious.
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Install wall sconces. Don’t take up precious bedside table space with bulky lamps and oversize shades; install wall sconces or even pendant lighting instead. Installing wall sconces on the wall can create a unique look and create a focal point while providing task lighting on each side of the bed. Just remember to measure carefully and hang them low enough so you don’t have to get out of bed to turn them off.
This daybed is a clever space saver solution and makes the room look more like a sitting area instead of a bedroom but doesn’t take away from its cozy vibe.
Let in natural light. While you should avoid blocking natural light in a small room, sometimes the only place that makes sense for a bed is right in front of the window. If that’s the case, try a see-through headboard (like the one on this metal frame) to make the most of your sunlight.
Add built-in shelving. Shallow built-in shelving can help you gain storage and maintain floor space. Stick to shelving that’s no more than 12 inches deep. The units here act as bedside tables, eliminating the need for extra furniture. Recessing the bed in the middle of the shelving prevents it from encroaching on much-needed floor space.
A small room benefits from the same elements as a larger one. The round mirror above the mansard headboard is a fun contrast, while all the textures (headboard, bedding, flooring, curtains) give the room depth and sophistication.
Fun, layered, bohemian and girly — this fantastic small bedroom has a lot going on with the pink wallpaper layered with other patterns and textures. Don’t be afraid to hang art on a wallpapered wall; just be thoughtful about the type and size. Here the gold frame blends nicely with the pink wallpaper.
The wallpaper feature wall. If you’re looking for a bit more oomph for your small bedroom, a single wall of patterned wallpaper behind your bed might just do the trick. Go minimal on the linens and glam it up a bit with a Murano-style chandelier, or something even more bold and colorful.
If you go with built-ins in your small bedroom, try taking them all the way to the ceiling to make the ceiling look higher. And paint the back wall a contrasting color to create layering and depth.
Use a daybed. A daybed can help create the illusion that the room is more of a small sitting area, instead of a small bedroom that’s been taken over by a bed. Daybeds often have storage built in underneath too — another bonus for a small room.
A nightstand with drawers can hide just about anything. Besides the usual bedside items, you can stash spare linens (two drawer), photo albums, books or even socks and other small items.
Adding built-in storage saves space and is highly functional and aesthetically pleasing, making your space feel more clean and organized.
Put up wall shelves. A nightstand can take up a lot of floor space in a small bedroom, and using just one with a double- or queen-size bed means that someone won’t have a spot for an alarm clock, phone or beverage. A wall shelf on one side of the bed — or on both — can give a small bedroom a more open feeling and extra floor space, while giving you all the room you need for nighttime essentials.
In a small bedroom, no matter what the style is, from traditional to contemporary, a corner window is an effective way to make a smaller room seem much larger than it actually is.
Go for mirrored closet doors. Using a mirror to double your room’s visual square footage is a trick that’s been used for centuries. In small bedrooms this often means replacing your closet doors with mirrored ones. The effect tends to work best when you can take the mirrors from floor to ceiling and wall to wall.
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The Bridge House is comprised of 1,184 square feet of living space, suspended above a creek in Adelaide, Australia, designed by Max Pritchard Architect. The clients requested a permanent home with an office on their small property, which would “touch the earth lightly.” An idyllic site, a bend in the winter creek that divides the property, creates a billabong (a deep waterhole) bounded by a high rocky bank. A house was required that would allow appreciation of the site without spoiling its beauty, but at a budget comparable with a “prefabricated” dwelling or an “off the plan” developers design.
The design solution is a narrow bridge like structure spanning the creek with glazing on either side which provides the experience of living amongst the trees in an almost untouched beautiful setting. Winter sun through the north facing windows heats the black concrete floor for reradiaiton at night. A wood combustion heater supplements the natural passive heating. Double glazing to the living area helps retain the heat. Perforated steel louvres shade the north windows in summer. The narrow plan form allows cross ventilation and is combined with ceiling fans to provide sufficient cooling for summer comfort. Solar hot water heating and photovoltaic cells positioned on the garage roof compliment the sustainable character of the house.
If you’re seeking inspiration to spruce up your small patio or balcony space, we have some fabulous design tips to help you get started. During the warm summer months, we tend to spend a lot more time outside, so it’s time to design or re-design your veranda to create a cozy ambiance that will encourage you to spend more time in the great outdoors. Try to make the most of your space without spending a lot of money or time by using plants and accessories to your outdoor space. From re-arranging furnishings to increasing your small space with the use of a mirror to even adding an outdoor area rug, these practical tips should help to spark your creative juices. Be sure to let us know which outdoor patio was your favorite!
In case you missed it, we posted an article last week with an incredible collection of inspiring outdoor room design ideas, be sure to have a look here.
Fresh, vibrant plants can transform the look and feel of your patio, so any investment you make here is well worth your while. Give existing plantings a little TLC, remove dead leaves and spent blooms, and water well. If you have empty pots to fill, make a trip to the garden center and choose new plants. Be sure to select healthy plants that are suited to the light levels of your patio — and don’t hesitate to ask for advice if you need it.
Add a small, charming note
Sometimes, especially on a small patio, all you need is one just-right accent to make the whole space come to life. A potted lavender plant (or any other outdoor plant with colorful flowers) on a small side table may be all you need for that extra burst of color.
Add plump pillows
Fresh throw pillows can freshen up the look of a space in an instant. Outdoor fabrics are best, because they are designed to resist sun bleaching and mildew. If you can’t resist using indoor pillows on your patio, simply keep a storage bench in a protected spot at hand to throw them into, and they should last outdoors for a long time.
Define the border
Edging your patio area with plants can help your space feel more inviting and intimate. Planters filled with shrubbery make an excellent border. In a patio that is open to a larger yard, they can stand in as a fence alternative, but even in a small space, they can soften the fence line.
Choose a color scheme
Sticking to two or three colors throughout the space will help your patio look polished and put-together.
Use an indoor-outdoor rug
An outdoor seating area instantly becomes cozier and more welcoming with the addition of a rug. For a dining area, the rug should be large enough to fit beneath the chairs when they are pulled out slightly. For a couch seating area, the rug can fit either under all of the furniture or just beneath the coffee table and reach to the front feet of the furniture.
Add a freestanding umbrella
On an uncovered patio, an umbrella is a must. The freestanding type gives you much more flexibility to place it where it is needed, and will work with any table or chairs.
Create a focal point
Think about what you use your patio for, and what you would like to use it for in the future. Is the furniture arranged in a way that makes sense for your needs? Just as in your living room, it usually looks best to pull the furniture away from the walls. Experiment with different arrangements until it feels right.
Make a fresh start
Giving your patio a top-to-bottom spring cleaning can do wonders. Sweep away leaves and other debris, clean patio furniture, wash exterior windows and hose down the floor. Throw away any junk that has accumulated in the area.
Soften corners with plants
Sharply angled corners are not only a challenge to decorate, but if left empty they can make a space feel cramped and uncomfortable. Fill in tight corners with potted plants to soften the angles — tall plants and topiaries work especially well.
Think about the style and mood you wish to create
Sleek, modern and cheerful? Moody, lush and eclectic? Try to nail down the look and feel you want in a few words, and use them to help you make decisions when you are out shopping.
Hang a mirror
Hanging a mirror on an exterior wall or fence is a great way to create a feeling of spaciousness on a small patio. Choose a mirror frame that can stand up to the elements, and hang it in a covered area.
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