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Black timber house is small but efficient

Each room has a connection to the outdoors

The exterior of a house made of black timber. The roof is flat. There are trees surrounding the house and an outdoor area with a table and chairs. Photo by Ewout Huibers via ArchDaily

This vacation home in The Netherlands embraces the best of two trends—the 807-square-foot house is clad in charred timber, making it a dream tiny(ish) home for anyone with a taste for Shou Sugi Ban.

In the foreground is a lake. Adjacent to the lake is a house made of black timber. Photo by Ewout Huibers via ArchDaily

Designed by the Dutch architect Chris Collaris and interiors firm i29, the house with a compact footprint of 592 square feet sits on the shore of a lake just south of Amsterdam. The family’s directive was to build a small, efficient home that still took full advantage of the lakeside views.

A living area with concrete floors, an entertainment unit, table, chairs, black cabinetry, and white ceilings. Photo by Ewout Huibers via ArchDaily

The designers divided the house into four rectangular modules—living room, dining/kitchen, three bedrooms, and a bathroom—and designed each with an eye to the details.

An interior kitchen area that has an open door leading to a patio. There is black cabinetry in the kitchen and concrete floors both in the kitchen and on the patio. Photo by Ewout Huibers via ArchDaily

The rooms feature custom-built cabinets, closets, and media consoles that make the most of the limited space. Each module has a sliding door or window that opens completely to the outside, expanding the home’s footprint by merging the interior with the outdoors.

An interior space with black wooden walls and a skylight. The space leads into a living area with a couch, table, and chairs. Photo by Ewout Huibers via ArchDaily

When it’s all said and done, the house is just a couple hundred square feet larger than the typical tiny home, but it feels optimized for non-tiny living. See more photos this way.

Via: ArchDaily