Shepherds' Huts--the Perfect Backyard Getaways?

by DIY Maven

Shepherds' Huts--the Perfect Backyard Getaways?

Back in the day, shepherds used shepherds' huts as a means to keep an eye on their flocks during cold nights during lambing season. A staple of the English countryside, they're not used much for their original intent these days. However, thanks to companies like Plankbridge, Dorset, the charming huts have found new lives as home offices, garden rooms, music rooms and studios.

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Two Inspirational Little Recycled Cottages

by Lilybee

Jeffrey Gantert and Brad Bloom might be my new heroes. They built these two dainty, arty and adorable cottages by hand with recycled materials and a healthy does of whimsy.

created on: 11/27/08

The foundations of the cottages are made from brick salvaged from old chimneys, arranged in an ornamental way and dotted with gloriously human little touches like a broken plate and a discarded Buddha. With gable ends carved into wings and downspouts made of olive...

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Dinky Dwellings

by DIY Maven

McMansions all over the country are quaking on their foundations. Gigantic houses are quickly falling out of favor for a more diminutive abode. Enter the 400 square foot mini home.

McHurricanes, McBoomers, and McMansions

In response to FEMA trailers hauled out an masse after hurricane Katrina, New York based designer Marianne Cusato drew up plans for a more appealing alternative. Namely, the Katrina Cottage, for which she won the Cooper-Hewitt...

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