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It’s that time of year. You’re probably starting to think a vacation somewhere warm sounds pretty good right about now. Well, we hear you. That’s why we want to share these incredibly beautiful photographs, to send you on a virtual vacation to the magical mists of Kauai, where photographer Jess Bianchi documented the construction of The Kauai Cottage, an off-the-grid Hawaiian hideaway.

Built and designed by San Francisco artist and surfer Jay Nelson, the philosophy behind the project was to encourage residents of the cabin to “live simply and small and only use what you need,” according to Jess. “In a time of excess when everyone seems to be building bigger and higher, we wanted to experiment with a simpler kind of living.” And at only 200 square feet, it is certainly less living space than most people are used to. But the detail and care that went into crafting the reclaimed redwood structure is evident in every inch, and the natural beauty surrounding the structure is truly inspiring. Plus there’s no TV to distract or take you out of the moment, and you can pick fruit right off the front porch! Isn’t that pretty much the definition of paradise?

If this sounds like a place you need to visit for real, and not just look at on the internet, we have good news: the owners are currently discussing the possibility of opening the cottage to the public in the near future, and have plans to add solar panels, a garden, and possibly build another structure on the property. Until then, take a look at the photos below and drift away on an imagination vacation. Aloha!

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Source: Jess Bianchi

Imagine a family of four vacationing in a 193-square-feet cottage—sounds like a nightmare, right? Not so. Russian architect Andrey Bugaev designed a truly tiny getaway that he calls “The Ship.” His clever design created enough space for a bathroom with a shower, a living space with a fireplace, sleeping areas, and a small kitchen with plenty of storage. The result is a perfect retreat for a weekend of family bonding.

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Photos: freshome

Sometimes, the best way to realize a dream is to think outside the box. The Morrisons had long imagined building a beautiful summer home on their plot of land in the coastal town of Onemana, New Zealand. The only problem was finding the funds to embark on such a huge project—until a long-time friend and builder gave them some unconventional advice. His suggestion? Collaborate with architecture students.

Fast forward 12 months and, with help from students at Auckland’s Unitec Institute of Technology, the Morrisons made their dream of a summer home a reality. The students turned their campus into a prefab manufacturing hub, building the home there before moving to the site. The home is a compact 807 square feet and the design is tailored to their laid-back surfer style. The outdoor spaces take advantage of the idyllic location, including an outdoor shower for rinsing off after a day at the beach.

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Photos: Simon Devitt

Just 170 square feet, Rockefeller Partners designed this playful modern home office/studio with nature in mind, perching the building 12 feet off the ground and using warm woods and a rich palette. The ultimate source for creative inspiration — your head in the clouds, at home.

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Photos: Small House Swoon

Are tiny homes the solution to homelessness? A project in Olympia, Washington was started to build a community of tiny homes for the homeless.

Quixote Village, formerly Camp Quixote, was a homeless tent city that moved around to over twenty different locations until the creation of a permanent micro-housing community. Meetings were held with an architect, and the future residents were able to be involved in the design process.

There are 30 tiny homes, each measuring 144 square feet and able to accommodate a bed, desk, and a small bathroom with a toilet and sink. The showers and kitchens are communal and are located inside the community center.

Since the residents were involved in the design process, they asked that the homes be in a horseshoe shape rather than in a row and traded interior space for outdoor patio. They wanted it this way because it felt more like a community.

Similar projects are in the works in cities such as Santa Cruz, Portland and Seattle.

Sources: NY Times, Apartment Therapy

Photo: NY Times

Using trap doors, hidden compartments, and secret passages, Spanish architecture firm Elii managed to transform this attic loft into a functional, yet playful, apartment for their client Dido Fogué.

Fogué, who describes herself as a heavy metal fan with a soft spot for Hello Kitty, challenged Elii principles (including Eva Gil Lopesino, Carlos Palacios, and Uriel Fogué Herreros) to design her 620 square foot space around the theory that life is a performance and the apartment is the stage.

“Every house, in a way is a theater, where you perform your everyday life,” said Herreros. “In this case, the apartment was designed for somebody who was starting a new life and in this domestic stage, she will be able to test and try this new leaf.”

$75,000 later, Fogué’s home includes an open floor plan filled with clever space-saving contraptions to meet the diverse demands of her daily life. Check out some of the camouflaged additions below, including a table and benches that drop down from the ceiling, a secret dressing table built into the bathroom floor, hidden storage compartments, and lightweight partitions that can be easily repositioned to create a separate dining room or extra bedroom for guests.

This article can be found in its original form on Wired

Photos: Elii

It’s no secret that tiny homes have become one of the latest trends in housing and architecture. More frequently, people are finding that downsizing their space is not only more sustainable (and often cheaper), but it can also lead to a less-cluttered, easier existence.

But what do we sacrifice when we give up space? Will living in a tiny home leave us feeling constrained and claustrophobic? Last week, The New York Times featured a 704 square foot Oregon home that proves forfeiting space doesn’t have to feel small.

Lily Copenagle and Jamie Kennel of Portland, Oregon, had a few things in mind when imagining their perfect home: Kennel, who is 6″1, wanted to escape the low doorways and cramped rooms of the older houses they had previously occupied, and Copenagle dreamed of living in a home that wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to vacuum. Their strategy became, “own less, live more.”

$135,000 later (including materials and labor), the result is a one-room home with a wood stove for heating, a green roof, a 550-gallon rain barrel, a huge backyard, and industrial touches throughout.

This article can be found in its original form at The New York Times.

Photos: Aaron Leitz via The New York Times