Top 10 DIY architectural trends of 2022
There is a new trend in architecture, and honestly, we completely approve of it, it’s DIY! Imagine building and creating your very own vacation home or cottage! How awesome would it be to lounge around and live off of your own efforts? And don’t worry, these architectural designs don’t take too much effort either! These simple DIY structures often come flat-packed or come with a complete kit that walks you through the step-by-step process. This collection of DIY architecture proves not only how simple and economical this technique is, but also how much it reduces construction waste and unnecessary materials! From a DIY tiny house on wheels inspired by desert architecture to a DIY A-frame garage – I hope these innovative structures will inspire you to take on your own DIY architectural project!
Lola is a tiny house on wheels that is part of designer Mariah Hoffman’s largest multidisciplinary design studio and Micro Modula brand, which explores “home, place and self”. Over the course of five years, Hoffman gradually transformed an old utility trailer into a tiny 156 square foot mobile home. Born out of a daydream of building her own home, Hoffman built Lola to “learn all the skills necessary to [her] personal and creative survival. Particularly energized by the essentialist edge of desert modernism, Hoffman looked to building materials that aesthetically fit the bill and also provided functional elements in the home to confront the seasons as well as local creatures.
2. AirCrete Home
In the quest for the perfect substitute, many alternatives such as foam concrete, paper concrete and hempcrete have been created. We now have aerated concrete – a foamy mixture of air bubbles and cement that is economical to produce, easy to DIY and has the essential protective properties needed for construction. Hajjar Gibran came up with the idea of creating AirCrete homes and DomeGaia brought it to life. Aerated concrete mix is a lightweight, inexpensive building block that is fire-retardant, water-resistant, insect-proof, and serves to insulate the structure. AirCrete reduces construction costs by 10 times and is an easy-to-use material for one-story houses.
3. The Den Garage
The Den Garage is a DIY garage floor plan from Den Outdoors that allows homeowners to build their own garage while following Den Outdoors plans. Featured in three different packages, Den Outdoors has floor plans available for two-car and three-car garages. The two-car garage spans 650 square feet while the three-car garage extends a bit further, covering a total of 950 square feet. Similar to the company’s collection of cabin designs, the garages retain the same classic A-frame structure that exudes rustic energy without compromising the geometric, contemporary appeal of the structure. Adding to the modern look of the garage, Den Outdoors has outfitted each garage floor plan with floor-to-ceiling weatherproof windows so owners can show off their cars without worrying about the elements getting to them.
4. The Zome Construction Kit
No need to be an architect to want to build your own bamboo structure thanks to the ‘Zome building kit’ from Giant Grass! The studio has created a DIY kit that’s essentially a larger-than-life LEGO project that can live in your backyard or be expanded to create a community space. The “zome” is a flexible space that can be used by children to relax in the garden, such as a gazebo to entertain guests, a greenhouse for seedlings, a creative space in the office, a quiet space for yoga at home. House. , or a glamping tent – it can be anything you want. This DIY kit is perfect for those who want to live sustainability and enjoy working on projects that result in a productive reward. The kit comes with all the necessary accessories – 350 precision-crafted bamboo strips, nuts, bolts and an installation guide to make the 3m x 3m “zome”.
5. System 00
Backcountry Hut Company has released a collection of DIY A-frame cabin kits that allow buyers to build their own cabins with no building permits and little to no heavy machinery. Each cab “system” is pre-engineered in a flat layout that can be assembled by hobbyist or professional builders depending on the model. The 00 system is described as Backcountry’s “essential A-frame shelter”. Stocked with only the essentials, the 00 system measures 10’x10′ and was designed to accommodate living spaces such as a single bedroom with room for a bunk bed, a meditation studio for yoga or a space open to work on art.
Dubbed EconOdome, each structure’s frame and triangular panel kits come pre-cut and partially assembled with step-by-step instructions – so better than IKEA and you get an entire house instead of just a sofa! EconOdome homes are built the same way as conventional homes involving a foundation and the ground floor. Once this is in place, the vertical walls and the roof are added. There are 130 triangular roof elements that connect to form the dome which has 10 equal sides. To minimize waste, the DIY kit parts are cut to fit precisely with no extra work required for this purpose. The wood also comes with pre-drilled holes for screws and stainless steel caps to make assembly easier.
7. Nathalie and Greg Kupfer’s micro-cabin
Nathalie and Greg Kupfer’s micro-cabin is built from salvaged trash and second-hand furniture, equipped with rainwater harvesting sites and solar systems for off-grid living. Retired industrial designer and former paramedic Nathalie and Greg Kupfer began work on their off-the-grid micro shack in Canmore, Alta., after receiving a parcel of ranch land and a decrepit shed from two neighbors. After the cabin’s fortuitous debut, the Kupfers designed a layout for their cozy 97-square-foot solar-powered micro-cabin, built from recycled and repurposed equipment, for a total net cost of just $50.
8. Kabinka Cabin
A Hungarian company called Hello Wood has designed a small, minimalist cabin that you can put together yourself for creative space solutions or just an escape from your living room. Prefab cabins start at $10,200 and have been designed in such a way that anyone can put them together, it really is the ultimate DIY project. With the small home market that is “growing” rapidly, the Kabinka cabin is positioned as an IKEA piece of furniture: easy to assemble with an aesthetic that is appreciated by most. The Kabinka cabin is available in four sizes ranging from 129 to 215 square feet.
Setting up camp has never looked so good and setting up a minimal glamping cabin just got a whole lot easier with Den! The Cabin Design Studio offers a range of flat-packed, DIY-style kits that allow you to assemble your own A-frame cabin in days. The average size is 115 square feet (10.68 square meters) with larger and smaller models depending on what you’re looking for. Once assembled, you can see the slanted wooden walls and a triangular floor-to-ceiling window, just like we drew a picture of a treehouse when we were kids. Space is minimal and can be transformed into a cozy getaway, yoga studio, or creative retreat! The pre-built parts for the cabin are made in New York and come with pre-drilled holes, all wood structural parts that lock together, bolts, and even door hardware.
10. Yakafu’s Flagship Artisan Bakery
Architecture by Kostas Chatzigiannis completed Yakafu’s flagship artisan bakery in Anji, China. The brightly colored frame is bold and instantly grabs attention! Adults and children can learn how to bake pastries and bread in the two-story building which is highlighted by terrazzo surfaces and metallic detailing. DIY has never been so graphic and intriguing!