The eco-friendly 435 ft² pocket house has room for five people and a dog!

Posted by Assia Awad

In 2011 Nina Danielsen and George Zaninovich tore down a carport and asked Jason Swift and Wendy Turner of Swift Architecture to design a small guest house where their families could stay when they came to visit. The result is this beautiful, eco-friendly 435-square-foot structure named “The Pocket House,” a one-bedroom home with a fully functional kitchenette, separate sleeping loft, and a private garden space.

Once she saw her guest house fully realized – with all of its charm and character – it occurred to Nina that this little house could also accommodate weary travelers in town sight-seeing. Nina had always wanted to run a bed and breakfast so she and George listed the pocket house on airbnb to great success. The very teeny house has also been the location for one very big event – a man proposed to his girlfriend in the space (she said yes!). The house can accommodate up to five people with the bedroom, loft bed and pull-out sofa bed in the living room. The house even welcomes dogs!


The house beautifully blends modern Scandinavian aesthetic with sustainable Pacific Northwest sensibility. It’s warm and cozy while remaining modern and clean. 


The wide-plank native Douglas fir floor is milled from an old deconstructed grain elevator in Central Oregon.


The view from the loftbed 


The sofa in the main room folds out into a bed and the deep purple adds a beautiful pop of color to the otherwise neutral color palette.


The kitchenette is cute, functional and fully stocked.


The serene master bedroom is equipped with a queen bed. The walls are painted with eco-paint with minimal VOC content and the double doors leading to an outdoor area adds a luxury touch.


The bathroom has a large shower and a dual-flush, low-flow toilet.


Big windows ensures lots of natural light in the small abode. The windows also make interior spaces look much larger than they are. You can learn more about the Pocket house here

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  • Wow! I super love it! I love living in a green house, woods are really awesome! It reflects light, it also saves electricity.

  • The whole space looks perfect! The idea of using wood is brilliant! Thank you for sharing! I can’t even wait to try it out!

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