Room with a view...
Of a brick wall: large windows let in light
Size isn't everything
A compact shower room: but at least it's your own
Multi-functional: this room even has space for a desk.
A New House for London
In Bloomsbury, two recycled shipping containers have been converted into an energy-efficient "smart house" installation that offers about 310sq ft of living space and is expected to cost about £25,000 to build. Visit ct-architects.co.uk.
The micro house
The prototype of an eco-friendly micro house - a portable, 130sq ft single residence with a fold-down bed, kitchenette and shower room - went to auction this year with a guide price of £8,000, eventually selling for £9,500 to a London buyer with big plans for the student rental market Read more...
No planning worries
The micro house, by Ecodom, measures about a third of the size of a London Tube carriage. The revised model wll be 2.5 metres tall - just over eight feet - so you won't need planning permission to put one in your garden.
Keeping things light
Light is a vital consideration - if not the most important feature - within small living spaces, so floor-to-ceiling windows are essential in the micro house.
Another space-saving wrinkle...
The bed folds away into the wall when not needed to create more living space in the micro house.
Mini home's got all you need
The fully integrated micro house bathroom is another clever design that maximises space.
On the move
Ecodom fully portable micro houses are constructed off-site and can be speedily installed in the desired location.
Couldn't be simpler
Delivered fully made within two months of ordering, the energy-efficient micro house is ready to be dropped into place.
Here's how they fit it all in... the compact micro house plan from above.
Luxury micro homes
The Little Box, by Bert & May, is a portable, 205sq ft one-bedroom home with an ensuite. Priced from £75,000, this flexible extension can be added to a garden or a flat roof - and you can take it with you when you move.
The first box house from interior design company Bert & May, on show at the Decorex fair in Syon Park, west London, will be auctioned there via sealed bids. Public day is September 22 and interested buyers can book a private tour with Bert & May.
Bert & May's Bigger Box
The firm's box houses are factory built in 14 weeks and constructed on site within a day.The boxes are made from timber, with double glazed windows and an eco-friendly green roof to lower energy costs. All you have to do is find the land or a flat roof.
The Teeny Box
The Teeny Box is Bert & May's smallest unit, measuring just 82sq ft, and could make the perfect garden office. Priced from £25,000, the box can be delivered within 14 weeks of ordering.