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Small spaces- big ideas: Tiny cottages with wow factor

What is it about Australians and their love for small spaces? Especially ones outside the home. First there was the backyard shed, then the outdoor man cave and now the rising popularity of the “she- shed”. As it turns out, it’s not just Aussies who possess a passion for small spaces. Here’s a few examples of ingeniously tiny cottages we’ve seen around the globe to inspire.

700_crosson-beach-house-exterior-2Kiwi architects Crosson Clark Carnachan designed this property- known in New Zealand as a bach. Plot twist- it’s also portable, courtesy of two steel sleds that anchor the structure.







A metal-and-concrete single room property on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle. Source: Photographer, Tim Bies






Room to write… this Backyard Writer’s Shed in London by Weston Surman & Deane Architects is complete with a woodstove and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.







Ingenuity at its best-  this Fisherman’s Cabin by Manuel Aires Mateus in Portugal has been recycled into a Beachside Cabana. If you’re ever in the neighbourhood, it’s within close proximity to Lisbon and is available for rent by the night.










The garden house was created by Dutch architect Haiko Meijer‘s and is situated in a community garden in the Netherlands.









Tell us we’re not the only ones who have shipping container remodels through our Facebook newsfeed? This kiwi shipping container “port-a-bach” is a nod to the barbie van of our formative years, folding open to reveal a patio.







Are you a fan of small spaces? Tell us your favourite in the comments box below