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This Tiny House In Belarus May Look Small, But It Fits A Family Of Three And A Dog

One family in Belarus has moved into their do-it-yourself micro house which takes up only 16 m2 (around 160 square feet) and where every single inch is put to good use.

The family of three-and-a-half (that’s their dog), started the project when they found themselves paying over $500 for rent in the city of Minsk every month. So instead, they made a smart investment of only $4600 (that includes the furnishings) and built this micro house. Inside it has all of the necessary amenities: a bathroom, a kitchen, living space, and even a washing machine.

It uses natural gas and electricity for heating and thanks to the good insulation has become a permanent family home whole year round. Another cool bit is that this house can be transported anywhere, as long as they get a permit from the road police.

It’s definitely one of the coolest DIY projects I’ve seen, but I just can’t make up my mind whether I could live in a house like this myself. Could you? Let me know in the comments!

(h/t: englishrussia, dyt)

A family of three (and their dog) from Belarus moved from the city to save money on rent which was around $500 per month

They moved into their do-it-yourself micro house built for $4600

Which takes up only 16 m2 (around 160 square feet)

The interior is more cramped than you could guess from the outside

It’s because every single inch is put to good use

They used insulation to be able to live here for the whole year round

They also have all the necessary amenities

Like a bedroom, a kitchen, living space

A Bathroom…

Fitted with a shower

And even a washing machine

They use natural gas and electricity for heating

And the house can be transported anywhere, as long as they get a permit from the road police.

Japanese are also known to make the most out of tiny houses.

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The Nieuw and Ibiza Interiors Go Off the Grid to Create an Island Paradise

Jurjen van Hulzen sourced furnishings for the living spaces throughout the house via his shop By the Modern in Amsterdam. Photography courtesy of On a Hazy Morning.


Who hasn’t entertained the fantasy of going off the grid and dropping everything to run off to an island somewhere in the Mediterranean or the tropics? Interior architect Jurjen van Hulzen of Amsterdam-based The Nieuw actually did it, however: He transformed a 100-year-old dilapidated warehouse on Ibiza into a loft-style getaway.

Eginstill crafted the kitchen island of steel with a marble top. Photography courtesy of On a Hazy Morning.


After gutting most of the original structure, van Hulzen created an open space with south views of the valley for socializing; two bedrooms on the darker, cooler north side; and a yoga platform on the roof, with interior beams made of the local Sabina tree. Walls are chalk and mud-plastered stone, which offer a rough contrast to the polished concrete floors and powder-coated steel frames on the ample windows and doors. In collaboration with Ibiza Interiors, he reinterpreted the traditional Spanish floor in herringbone patterns of terra cotta for the bathroom.

Bedrooms offer 100 percent natural sleeping accommodations by Coco-mat. Photography courtesy of On a Hazy Morning.

Best of all, the Campo Loft is literally off the grid, with a private well for water and solar panels powering hot water, floor heating, and electricity—making this home away from home entirely self-sufficient.

Baths and sinks are from Not Only White, with fittings by Piet Boon for Cocoon. Photography courtesy of On a Hazy Morning.


Read more: DVDV Studio Architects Goes Next-Level for a Milan Apartment

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How to design a stylish and multifunctional garage

What if your home had a spare room you’d never noticed before? Your garage, even if it has one or more cars in it, can pull double-duty as a gym, a crafting room and even a place to socialize.

Designers and architects tell us that gaining more living space without putting an addition on your house can make the effort worthwhile, even if it means investing in things like upgraded lighting, flooring and heating.

We shouldn’t be “treating the garage as a big box,” says Bethesda, Maryland-based architect Jim Rill. “Make it another room. It’s a lost opportunity if you don’t.”

Marina Case, founder of the Warwick, New York-based design firm The Red Shutters, agrees: “A garage,” she says, “can be anything you need it to be.”

We’ve asked Rill, Case and interior designer Anna Maria Mannarino of New Jersey-based Mannarino Designs for advice on creating a well-organized garage that can also function as a flexible spare room.


Upgrading the look and feel of your garage can start at the bottom: Paint the floor, says Case.

Painting a cement floor a dark taupe or gray can have a big impact, she says, or choose an even bolder color. “You’ll feel like you’re in this fresh, fun space,” she says.

But do test the color by painting a piece of foam core that’s at least a few square feet, she says, and leaving it on the garage floor for a few days to make sure you like it.

Another option: Showroom flooring is available for as little as $5 per foot, says Rill. And if you won’t be parking cars in the garage and are instead using it as a “man cave or a she-shed,” Mannarino says, consider upgrading the flooring with something you’d normally use inside the house.

Walls come next: “Why is the garage always just a drywall box?” Rill asks.

If your garage walls aren’t sheet-rocked, Mannarino says you can add that and give it a coat of paint. Or put up paneling, Rill says, making it easier to hang items like rakes or hoses. You can add a flat hanging system that includes space for hanging baskets and brackets for shelves. Many closet-design brands offer flat systems that will hold heavy outdoor items.

If you prefer freestanding storage along the walls, add several tall, sturdy shelving units. You can line them with large, clear bins neatly labeled, or fancier storage bins, Case says.

Or go an extra step and have built-in cabinetry installed.

And if your garage ceiling is high and has ample space away from where the garage door opens, consider adding storage on the ceiling, Mannarino says.

“It gives you that much more real estate,” she says. But don’t cut corners: Have ceiling shelving or storage racks mounted properly by a professional.

If your garage gets cold in the winter, you can add a separate heating system that’s inexpensive to run. These “mini-split” heating systems can be turned on only when you’re spending time in the garage. Adding insulation also helps control the climate, making the garage feel more like an indoor room.

And don’t settle for a bare bulb in the ceiling. Replacing it with a larger, more attractive fixture can dramatically change the way a garage feels.


Although it’s common to have a workshop in a garage, and many people use the space for messy crafting projects or as a home gym, a garage can also become an entertainment space.

If you’re a car enthusiast who works on a vintage car or hotrod, Rill says, why not use part of your garage as a place to hang out with friends talking about cars?

Case suggests adding a bar area with comfortable seating, even if it’s small, to make the garage an inviting place to hang out with guests. You can also hang up a flat-screen TV and add a refrigerator.

Rill has a vintage cooler, reclaimed from a supermarket, in his garage for soft drinks, water and beer. It’s used all summer when the family is outdoors.

Along with year-round entertaining inside a garage, these designers point out that an open garage can be a great place to set up a buffet table during an outdoor summer party.

Case suggests adding ceiling-mounted tracks for curtains in an indoor/outdoor material like Sunbrella, so you can draw them behind a serving table in your open garage.

Barn doors or other types of upgraded garage door can make the space more attractive and accessible during parties.

And upgrading your garage door does more than just add beauty to the exterior of your home, Mannarino says. It also gives you the option of adding more windows, bringing natural light into your garage.



Many detached garages have a tiny second-floor attic or loft space, Rill says. Even if its ceiling is low, that space can become a furnished clubhouse for younger kids, a place to practice musical instruments or even a cozy guest suite.

On one garage project, Rill replaced the solid wooden ceiling in a large detached garage with a perforated metal floor. That gave added natural light to the attic space above, which was then transformed into a kids’ clubhouse.

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