Tiny homes. Yurts. Cabins. Earth domes. In 2018, small dwellings are all the rage and offer more sustainable and affordable options for the conscientious citizen. The A-frame cabin from Estonian company Avrame is the latest take on this growing trend of housing. The cabin consists of eco-friendly materials, energy efficient design, modern and space maximizing interiors, and several special add-ons including terraces roof gables and flooring upgrades. If you’re looking for a highly-efficient, portable home that redusces your footprint and maximizes your quality of life, the A-frame is for you. Complete kits and plans start at $12,000 and are shipping now.
The Space Smart Home - Iohouse
The Space Smart Home by design firm iOhouse aims to be an image of what a home of the future may look like. Every aspect of this house was designed to be 'smart' from the 220v generator and solar panels that power the entire home, to the fully integrated networking systems, cameras, connected devices and intelligent appliances. The home is designed to run completely 'off the grid' and the clean, modern and sleek aesthetics truly look like something out of a sci-fi movie. In addition to the smart interior, the house is completely modular and able to be moved and situated in any urban, rural or off the grid locale. Additional points of note from the company:
- connected to your mobile phone or tablet 24/7, wherever you are
- environmentally friendly; made with empathy and care
- freedom to live and move wherever you like, whenever you like.
- Architecture and design
Maralah Cliff House
The name translates to "person who was born during an earthquake" and we can see why. The Maralah is a cabin crafted into the side of a hill Calgary, Canada that is meant to help get its inhabitants away from the city. Overlooking the Bow river, this small getaway is 45 square meters and constructed entirely from matte black steel, glass and raw concrete. The architects incorporated the local surroundings and elements into their design - for example, the bedroom is tucked under the reading area and kitchen and sits next to raw exposed limestone. The roof tucks partially under the ground and helps the home blend even further into the cliffs side. All in all this is the perfect isolated cabin for those looking to take a breath from the busyness of the modern world.