Fall House

A three-bedroom coastal California home designed by Fougeron Architecture offers spectacular views of the Pacific.

Fall House

A green roof insulates the Fall House while helping reduce the building’s visual impact on the landscape. Drought-resistant vegetation on the property is designed to reduce soil erosion.

Flip House

Designers at Fougeron Architecture aimed to better connect this San Francisco house to the hilly landscape.

Flip House

To do so, they flipped the exterior and interior spaces, building a glass facade on what had been the back of the house.

Redaction House

Johnsen Schmaling Architects designed a compact home on a suburban infill site in Delafield, Wisconsin.

Redaction House

The site had been previously considered too small to fit a residence for a five-person family. It looks pretty spacious to us.

Small House in an Olive Grove

This one bedroom house by Cooper Joseph Studio in Geyserville, California, takes up only 850 square feet.

Small House in an Olive Grove

Concrete retainer walls anchor the house to the hillside, integrating the house into the surrounding slope.

Topo House

Another home by Johnsen Schmaling Architects in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, blends seamlessly with the surrounding prairie with a building skin that mimics the look of wind-swept grasses.

Topo House

The design also won a Residential Architect Design Award last month.

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The Best Small Houses Of The Year

The AIA’s Small Projects Award recognizes great architecture on a small scale.

Ready for some home design porn? The American Institute of Architects has just announced the winners of its 2014 Small Projects Award, a prize recognizing some of the country's best design and construction on a small scale. This year’s crop of winners features a handful of stunning residential designs that will make you want to pack up and move immediately.

The Small Projects Award recognizes a broad range of architectural work falling into a few different categories, including projects with construction costs of up to $1.5 million and designs that fit within 5,000 square feet. This year, the AIA commended five beautiful houses that that make the most out of small spaces and modest budgets, catering to clients’ needs while creating homes that blend seamlessly into their natural environment.

Check them out in the slide show above.

[Image: Joe Fletcher Photography]

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  • Brian Jaramillo

    @Grant: The awards have different categories as follows:

    Category 1: A small project construction, object, work of environmental art or architectural design element up to $150,000 in construction cost.

    Category 2: A small project construction, up to $1,500,000 in construction cost.

    Category 3: A small project construction, object, work of environmental art, or architectural design under 5,000 SF.

    Category 4: Unbuilt architectural designs under 5,000 SF for which there is no current intent to build, of all project types including purely theoretical, visionary projects, with or without a client.

  • grant

    hold on... so you're trying to tell me that $1.5 million (i know i know, some markets are expensive and some aren't) is a "small house"?? Fine, i'll buy the argument that can be made that a small house in San Francisco could EASILY be that price..

    but 5,000 square feet falls into the same category? five.. THOUSAND?!?!? common now.. this is a joke right? the national AVERAGE house size is 2,480.. how is 5,000 small?

    ohhhh right, it's NOT.. it's another one of those self fullfilling jokes of an awards group trying to grow and ignoring it's very "raison d'etre".

    5,000... small... HAHAHA that's a giant architectural oxymoron!

  • grant

    hold on... so you're trying to tell me that $1.5 million (i know i know, some markets are expensive and some aren't) is a "small house"?? Fine, i'll buy the argument that can be made that a small house in San Francisco could EASILY be that price..

    but 5,000 square feet falls into the same category? five.. THOUSAND?!?!? common now.. this is a joke right? the national AVERAGE house size is 2,480.. how is 5,000 small?

    ohhhh right, it's NOT.. it's another one of those self fullfilling jokes of an awards group trying to grow and ignoring it's very "raison d'etre".

    5,000... small... HAHAHA that's a giant architectural oxymoron!

  • 41a8bd20

    So it's not true that American residential architecture is dead -- it lives on in small pockets still! I particularly like the clean minimalism of the last entry by John Macaulay.