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The world's 10 tiniest homes - would you live in them

Updated on June 19, 2013

I have an addicition to small places. I can't really explain why but I really like cozy rooms and houses which are not too big. I feel lost when I walk in to a huge house. Probably that's why I collected these tiny homes. Some of them may look a bit crazy but they are loved and that's the point. Because house+love=home and that's all that matters.

1. Micro Compact Home

I find this micro compact home quite fascinating. It's so small - a neat dimenson of a 2.66m cube - yet so compact. It has everything what you need in life. You can squeeze in 2 double beds, a bathroom, a lobby, a kitchen, a dining area for 4-5 people and on top of that it has an excellent entertainment technology. Sounds perfect, doesn't it?

The company is run by Rupert and Nicole Gatterbauer and they do an amazing job.


Micro Compact Homes from around the world

Uttendorf, Austria - the first Micro Compact House
Uttendorf, Austria - the first Micro Compact House | Source
This is the prototype from Uttendorf, Austria
This is the prototype from Uttendorf, Austria | Source

2. Toronto's Little House

Toronto's Little House is not the smallest house - 312 square-feet (28 square feet) - in the world but it's definitely the smallest one in Toronto. The house is basically tucked between two completely normal sized houses. It has its own story and people just love it. According to rumors, even Ellen DeGeneres wanted to buy it.

In 2010 the house got new owners who love it too because it's cozy, warm, comfortable and quiet. Some little known facts about this tiny home:

  • Toronto's Little House was built in 1912.
  • A well-known contractor Arthur Weeden built it and lived there with his for 20 years.
  • They even had a garden where they grow vegetables - tomatoes, cabbages, Swiss chard, rhubarb and some flowers.

It's located at 128 Day Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada.


Toronto's Little House

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Entrance Foyer | Source
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Front View | Source
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Little House logo | Source
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The Little House song

3. Roll it houses

This is a very interesting project which was created by German students from University of Karlsruhe. They are very functional and small of course. The house functions like a "hamster on a wheel". By a bit of exercise, actually by walking in the center you can change the structure of the house. There's a bed, lounge chair, table, shower, toilet and kitchen sink in it. In the future it might be a great student accommodation, who knows.

Roll It Experimental Housing - University of Karlsruhe

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4. Paul Elkin's Mobile Homeless Shelter

Paul Elkin's Mobile Homeless Shelter is definitely small but it can help the homeless population of the world. Paul Elkin is an inventor and a bike-maker who wanted to create a portable unit for urban homeless people. The most important features of the mobile homeless shelter are: secure, and watertight. The shelter can be turned into an open space during the day where they can display and sell wares. It also includes a toilet, a kitchen and a cozy sleeping area. The whole structure only weighs 225 pounds (102kg).


Paul Elkin's Mobile Homeless Shelter
Paul Elkin's Mobile Homeless Shelter | Source
Paul Elkin's Mobile Homeless Shelter
Paul Elkin's Mobile Homeless Shelter | Source
Paul Elkin's Mobile Homeless Shelter - inside
Paul Elkin's Mobile Homeless Shelter - inside | Source
Paul Elkin's Mobile Homeless Shelter - from the outside
Paul Elkin's Mobile Homeless Shelter - from the outside | Source

5. Single Hauz

Single Hauz is an interesting project created by a Polish architect company called Front Architects. These pretty interesting houses were inspired by roadside billboards. The best thing about them is that they can be built into any space. They can be raised over rocks or even water. It's perfectly suitable for a single man who is independent and modern - said the Front Architects. The design is definitely cutting edge and unique.



Single Hauz project from Poland

Single Hauz in the mountains
Single Hauz in the mountains | Source
Single Hauz  in the city
Single Hauz in the city | Source
Single Hauz  over the lake
Single Hauz over the lake | Source
Single Hauz  in the countryside
Single Hauz in the countryside | Source
Single Hauz  on the lake
Single Hauz on the lake | Source

6. Tumbleweed Houses

Jay Shafer, the owner of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company has been living in really tiny places. He prefers houses that are smaller than other people closets. It's amazing how many things can fit into a small place like this. You can find a bathroom (toilet and shower), bedroom, work space and living space too. It's pretty cozy and when you feel like you can enjoy the open spaces because they also come with a nice porch. In 1997 Jay started with a house and now he holds workshops on how to build your own Tumbleweed House.

A house like this you can build for $21,150 but you can also choose the ready made option which will cost you $48,997. The interior is made in pine and also includes stainless steel counters. The exterior is finished with cedar plank siding and a corrugated aluminum roof. I just love the interior, it's cozy and warm. Can I have one please?


Tumbleweed Houses

Tumbleweed House
Tumbleweed House | Source
Tumbleweed House
Tumbleweed House | Source
Tumbleweed House and its pretty porch
Tumbleweed House and its pretty porch | Source
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Tumbleweed House
Tumbleweed House | Source
Stainless steel fireplace
Stainless steel fireplace | Source

7. Britain's Smallest House

Britain's smallest house is located in Conwy, in Wales. It's also known as the Quay House. Its size is definitely small, only 10 feet by 6 feet (3 meters by 1.8 meters). A fisherman - whose name was Robert Jones - used to live in it who was 6-foot, 3-inch (190cm). I don't think it was enough room for such a tall person in this tiny house. It has a stove, a water tap, a bedside cabinet and a bed.

Here's the story of Britain's smallest house. Robert Jones was too tall and he wasn't able to stand up fully in the house and that's why the local council forced him to move out in 1900 and they declared the house unfit for human habitation. The place is still owned by Robert Jones' descendants. It stands nearby the Conwy Castle Walls and a Welsh lady stands outside.

This tiny house definitely deserves its place in the Guinness Book of Records. Mind your head when you visit it.


Britain's Smallest House

 Britain's Smallest House in Conwy
Britain's Smallest House in Conwy | Source

8. Twelve Cubed Mini Home

Twelve Cubed designers has created a house that's truly amazing. These tiny houses have everything that you need a dishwasher, a microwave, a modern oven combo, bathroom, closet and lots of natural light. The design is cute and the house is sustainable. Their philosophy is that small is beautiful. I agree with them 100% because these tiny homes are not only amazing but they offer a simpler lifestyle.


Twelve Cubed Mini Home
Twelve Cubed Mini Home | Source
Twelve Cubed Mini Home
Twelve Cubed Mini Home | Source
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9. Tokyo Small House

As you probably now there's not much space in Japan probably that's why a Japanese couple with a child decided to have a house that's only 13 feet (3.9 meters wide. It looks amazing and it provides enough space for a family of three. It's very bright and is has natural ventilation too.


Tokyo small house
Tokyo small house | Source
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10. Smallest house in Amsterdam

This house from Amsterdam is very narrow, only 1 meter which means is barely wider than the front door. It's located at Singel 7. It's really hard to see because it's so small. It actually looks like the part of the other building. I hope you can see it.


Smallest and skinniest house in Amsterdam
Smallest and skinniest house in Amsterdam | Source

These were the smallest houses in the world. If you find smaller than these please let me know and I will add it to the list.

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    • Noemi Beres profile imageAUTHOR

      Noemi Beres 

      5 years ago from Cyprus

      Thank you Louise, I love these tiny houses too.

    • Louise Nelhams profile image

      Louise Nelhams 

      5 years ago from Yorkshire

      These are AMAZING!

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