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Location: Emsworth, England
Price: £265,000 (~$414,899)
In Emsworth, England, a small town on the southern coast of England, a community of 50 black-and-white cabins on stilts tower over lawns and ponds, securing magnificent views out into the sea. In part inspired by the midcentury modernist homes of Long Island, New York, these "Deckhouses" were built in the late 1960s by British architecture firm Gore, Gibberd, and Saunders after a logging pond of a defunct timber yard was turned into a yacht harbor. Though they were initially marketed as vacation homes for sailors—who'd be able to store their boat and rigging in the empty spaces below the structures—these deckhouses wouldn't totally be inconceivable as primary residences today. After all, each one fits a living room and two bedrooms into 538 square feet, which is arguably on the "medium to large" end of the micro home spectrum. Currently, one of them is up for sale, asking about $415K. Though it needs a lot of work, the spectacular renovation of another deckhouse suggests great potential for this one as well.
A few years ago, London-based architect Paul Hinkin completely revamped a deckhouse he spent several years tracking down, a project that got profiled in Dwell. Hinkin had this to say about the house: "We have always loved their simplicity and the fact that they sit in this shared landscape with such a strong relationship to the water. They are cleverly designed and positioned so that they don't overlook one another very much. It's all so coherent and consistent." Below, photos of the deckhouse for sale, along with photos of Hinkin's renovated deckhouse and archival shots.