Eight Tiny Spaces You'll Want to Daydream About

For the past couple of years I've been fascinated with small spaces. Tiny little retreats that could fit in the corner of a yard. I like the limitations of the dimensions -- the opposite of skies-the-limit -- which force the owner to think creatively and problem solve.

I also like that a small space can be completely tricked out with every detail attended to, because it's much less overwhelming to perfect one room than put together an entire house.

Building or buying a little shack like this would be on my life list (if I had one). I don't know exactly what I would do with it. Maybe it would be a guest house. Or a place to work uninterrupted. Whatever the purpose, here are eight of the favorite tiny spaces that fill my daydreams.


Here's a cottage on the Isle of Wight. Complete with lovely view and lily pads in a pond.


Tumbleweed Tiny House Company offers plans so you can build your own mini dwelling.


Tiny Texas Houses. Built from salvaged materials and representing different architectural styles.


Here's a retreat designed by architect Jeffrey S. Broadhurst. Only 140 square feet and totally off the grid.


Beach huts built by James Ward. You could have your own built for about $7,500. What color would you pick?


Plankbridge Shepherd's huts. Roll one into your backyard -- they even have a stove!


A tiny Victorian cottage. It looks like a dollhouse! But it's filled with grown-up-size luxuries.


Want something less refined, more primitive? You could stay at the Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge in Sweden.

See what I mean? I'm totally obsessed. What about you? Have I convinced you of the charm of tiny homes? Are you fascinated with small spaces now, too? Are there other mini dwellings I should know about?


Thanks to Handmade Charlotte for many of the sources.

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