Our homes are the centers of our lives. They’re bubbles of our own personal space, where we feel safe, protected, and at peace. We spend most of our time in them, so we love to try to make them as comfortable as possible.
However, comfort is not the only aspect we focus on when we decide what our dream house should be like. We pay special attention to their outward appearance. We love to get creative and build something unusual, maybe even something that hasn’t been built before.
Some people go for grand palaces, with several floors, an enormous yard, and a couple of pools. Others don’t care for such luxuries – they prefer a quiet little place they can call home.
Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a tiny house by the sea? Or maybe to live underground in a small, but very comfortable hole like the Hobbits do? If you haven’t, maybe this list, compiled by Providr, of twelve of the world’s quaintest houses will change your mind. Take a look!
1. The Broons’ House In Scotland
No-one actually lives in what is also known as the Wee House; it was originally built as a float for the Lairg Gala about 20 years ago. But instead of being thrown away at the end of the festival, it was taken by boat to the middle of the loch, and has since become one of the most beloved landmarks, both by the locals and by the tourists. The inspiration behind it can be found in The Broons, the popular Scottish comic which features a group of large people who live in a tiny house.
Source: Flickr | milliganpuss
2. The Smallest House In Prague
This is one of the smallest houses in the world. It’s located on Anežská Street, in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. About 2.5 meters wide, and 4 meters tall, it has served different purposes throughout the centuries. Built somewhere in the middle of the 19th century, it’s been used as a home, as an art studio, and at one point it was even a shabby bar! Nowadays, it is merely a vestibule connecting the two houses on either side of it.
3. House On The Thousand Islands
The Thousand Islands is an archipelago of 1,864 islands located in Lake Ontario, at the head of the Saint Lawrence River, right on the border between Canada and the USA. One of these islands is called Just Room Enough Island, because… you guessed it – it has just enough room for one house! The cute little house was built in the 1950s as a place for a holiday getaway. Don’t worry, it isn’t in danger of being flooded, even if it is really close to the water, simply because the Great Lakes are located on a higher altitude than sea level!
Source: Reddit | ethan_kahn
4. Steve’s Dome Home
This pretty little dome was built by Steve Areen, a musician and photographer. It is located on his friend’s mango field in Thailand. The house is incredibly lovely, but the real wonder is that he managed to finish it in six weeks and it cost him only $9,000!
5. The One-Square Meter House
This one is hardly a real house. It’s more of a portable room. It has different uses: it can be an office with a small desk, it can be a sort of lemonade stand-ish construction where you can sit on a chair and look out the window, or it could even be a bedroom if you flip it on the side and add a mattress. It is kinda ridiculous, and obviously you can’t live in it, but it could be fun to hang out in it for a little while, or even to have a portable napping place!
6. Groundfridge House
The Groundfridge House isn’t a house, but it is a groundfridge. That is, a fridge in the ground. The concept was based on traditional root cellars, which were used for food storage. Because it is underground, it can keep all sorts of produce, like vegetables, cheese, or even wine, cool without using electricity! Practical!
7. Heijmans ONE Foldable House
Intended for the young people (25-35 years of age) who are educated but still unable to afford proper housing, the Heijmans ONE is the perfect solution. It is portable and can be placed anywhere the city permits. It has a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and a lofted bedroom. It’s got everything you could possibly need! Amazing!
8. Hotel Costa Verde
Whoever thought of converting an old airplane into a luxury hotel is an absolute genius! If you ever visit Costa Rica, you might want to stay at the Hotel Costa Verde. The Boeing 727 fuselage was originally manufactured in 1965, but now it’s the most unique accommodation you could ever hope for. Located in a coastal rainforest, this hotel boasts breathtaking views of the ocean and the jungle. This is definitely one for the bucket list…
9. Exbury Egg House
British artist and architect, Stephen Turner, needed a way to live in a sustainable, low-impact way while staying in close proximity with nature. So he designed this 6 meter long and 3.6 meter wide, egg-shaped house, powered by the sun. It is located on the Beaulieu River in Hampshire, on the southern coast of the UK. Inside, he has his workstation, where he draws sketches of his surroundings and the local wildlife.
10. The Smallest House in Great Britain
Also known as the Quay House, the Smallest House in Great Britain was originally built in the 16th century and it was in use up until the 1900s, when the owner, Robert Jones was forced to move out, because he was too tall to be able to stand upright inside it! It is located in Conwy, on the north coast of Wales, and it is currently a museum. Its status as the smallest house in Great Britain, with a floor area of 3.05 by 1.8 metres, was confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records.
This strange house is located in the village of Nussdorf, on the slopes of the Alps in western Austria. It was designed by Austrian architect, Peter Jungmann, who named it UFOGEL because he thought it looked like a cross between a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) and a bird (‘Vogel’ in German). UFOGEL has only 45 meters of floor space, but it can house up to four people. It is also eco-friendly and it offers a stunning view of the Alps. It’s available for rent, so you can add this one on the bucket list as well.
12. The Walking House
This house was named the Walking House because it literally is a house that walks. Designed by the Danish company N55, it has six insect-like legs, and it can walk at an incredible speed of 60 meters per hour. 3.5m high, 3.5m wide and 3.72m long, this house can accommodate up to four people. So if you ever feel like you need a change of scenery, but you don’t really want to leave the comfort of your home, then this is the house for you!