Tiny House in a Landscape

This tiny house in a landscape looks like it is may be in New Zealand or a European country with high rolling mountains. Maybe a shelter for a herdsman or a getaway cabin for someone in the city.

I like the different roof style that looks really neat on this small structure. A more complicated roof and different from the everyday gable we usually see, very attractive. What do you think?


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Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell - November 14, 2009 Reply

I think the roof really adds to the tiny house. Reminds me more of a “hut.”

Mark E Tisdale - November 14, 2009 Reply

It’s a hip roof. I just looked it up to double check and it can also be called a “Hipped roof”, but I’ve always just heard Hip Roof here. There are a lot of older homes here in South Georgia with that roof style, but normally on larger houses than this. I agree with the previous comment that it gives it a hut feel on something this size.

Arpa Sou - November 14, 2009 Reply

Yes a hut …it lovely with a kind of roof .I wonder if have someone living there! or just a short time in summer!!

Tammy Strobel - November 16, 2009 Reply

Beautiful photo! I love the roof and the rolling hills. 🙂

Cosmin Acojocaritei - November 24, 2009 Reply


I’m from Romania,Transylvania
an this is a typical herdsman shelter.
The hills and higher mountains are full of these types of constructions.

    Colin - May 10, 2014 Reply

    As Cosmin says, this little house is in Romania – a country where I have been living for the last 21 years. The photos is (I think) from a photo album by one of Romania’s top photographers – possibly Florin Andreescu. The location could be almost anywhere in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania and the house is typical of mountain dwellings for small-holder farmers or shepherds. I can provide many other photographic examples if required?

Jordan - January 4, 2010 Reply

Yep, I would say that it is in Europe, not the style that you would see here in NZ. They all look like little colonial settlers huts. You know, a box with a door in the middle and two windows on each side and a chimney at one end.

Robin - March 3, 2012 Reply

Definitely in snow country, note the steep pitch. A hipped roof is also much stronger than a simple gable because of the 45 degree support at the ridge pole. Great picture!

andre - May 10, 2014 Reply

The roof seems made of cedar shingles giving it a timeless quality. On top of being very strong, this roof gives the inside interesting volume and airiness. Hip roofs have been around for more than 500 years for good reason. It runs counter to the current manufactured truss roofs that elect simplicity and possibly lowest cost because unqualified labor can be used. A hip roof is also a very efficient use of materials. Also where there are zoning restrictions on number of floors, a mansard or steep roof can be used to add an extra story within the limited height allowed.

tom - May 10, 2014 Reply

I was in Germany recently and toured an open-air museum called the Vogtsbauernhof. They had a house there; built in 1590 called hippenseppenhof. They claimed that “Hippen” was the origin of the name “hipped” roof. Here is a pic from the museum site.

tom - May 10, 2014 Reply

oops I put the (URL of the) pic in the “website” field above. You have to click my name (TOM” to see the pic of the Hippenseppenhof, or go to http://www.vogtsbauernhof.de. One of the features of this type of (German) house, built into the hillside, is the animals lived in the ground level (barn) room below, and the people lived above. The animals benefitted from the ground heat, and the people above enjoyed the animal’s heat. The little house above does not appear to have a ‘basement’.

Linn - May 10, 2014 Reply

A hipped roof is not only attractive and strong. In Florida, insurance companies give a discount because they resist being lifted off in hurricane force winds better than any other roof except the flat ones, and those always end up leaking within a few years. Very nice little cabin……I’d love to spend a week or two wherever it’s located.

    KE Wales - May 10, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Linn for that great info!

Earl - May 10, 2014 Reply

Yes, it’s a hip roof. The more common type of roof is the gable-end roof. Frank Lloyd Wright would not allow a gable-end roof on the homes he designed because they did not impart a feeling of shelter when seen. Also, gable end roofs made the house seem less a part of the landscape.

    Ingeborg - May 12, 2014 Reply

    Frank was a shrimp of a man and his beautiful on the outside “Falling Water” feels inside less like sheltering and more like cramped. The bedroom ceiling is so low it’s just plain ugly. The more I see his houses and furniture in person, the more I see him as terrific at salesmanship and hype; terrible at design and building.

Fiona - May 10, 2014 Reply

Hi. Cute house but definitely unlike anything I’ve seen in New Zealand(I’m a kiwi).
It does look European tho.
Love the blog!
I’m moving a little house onto a section at the moment do I can live as self sufficiently as possible. My little house is quite big by Tiny House standards tho–75sq metres.
I’m rescuing it from land that was destroyed in the Christchurch earthquakes–a bit of recycling??

Wendy - May 10, 2014 Reply

I like the blue door and window.

K'Anne Zubin - May 10, 2014 Reply

ADORABLE and a “makes sense” roofline. I’ve often thought that a roof should cover a house like a hat does a head. Located in a gorgeous scenario, I would enjoy staying in such a cabin. Beautiful.

Carol Stahl - May 10, 2014 Reply

Looks pretty but is probably useless for a loft and cannot provide a sense of spaciousness for the main (probably only) floor. Unnecessarily limiting comfort, IMHO.

Celene - May 10, 2014 Reply

Has anyone thought of using a pre-fab two-car garage (such as those sold by Lowes, Home Depot or Menards) and converting one half as living space and leaving one side for garage? I think that would be awesome. Are there any on the web? Please advise.

Jay - May 10, 2014 Reply

Definitely not New Zealand. Would be corrugated iron not shingles, and no complicated roof, here 🙂

Predrag - May 11, 2014 Reply

Nice cabin in the serbians mountains.My father built one.

Roman Himer - December 11, 2015 Reply

This awesome photo was made near Strymba Mount (the Ukrainian Carpathians) by Leonid Zakrevskyi (from Uzhgorod) in summer, 2009.


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