The Polygon Studio A Tiny Guest House and Artist’s Studio

This lakeside tiny house has been designed by architect Jeffery S. Poss. The house has been constructed for use as a guest house and as a sculptor’s studio. Dubbed the “Polygon Studio” by the architect, it boasts views over George Lake.


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The house is set on the highest elevation available on the site, and sits adjacent to the access road. According to the architect it’s only 130 steps from the edge of the lake, and the distance between the two is connected by a series of exterior staircases and paths.


Lakeside Tiny House - Jeffery S.Poss Architect - George Lake - Dining Area - Humble Homes

The exterior of the Polygon Studio features a crisp, contemporary finish. The front of the house is clad in galvanized steel, while the other sides contain red cedar siding obtained from local mills. The most striking element of the exterior though is its double pitched roof.


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To the rear of the property there’s a car parking space. The entrance can be found to the front, under the roof overhang. On the inside the ground floor has been dedicated to functioning as the artist’s sculpting workspace, and the upstairs serves as the guest bedroom.

Lakeside Tiny House - Jeffery S.Poss Architect - George Lake - Lofted Bedrom - Humble Homes

Windows and patio doors have been installed along the length of the wall facing the lake, providing spectacular views from both floors. The floor of the lower level looks to be finished with a polished concrete. The walls have been finished in either white-painted drywall, or clad with knotty cedar.

Lakeside Tiny House - Jeffery S.Poss Architect - George Lake - Plans - Humble Homes

The Polygon Studio is heated by a large wood-burning stove, keeping the house warm in the winter months. During the summer it can be cooled by opening up the large patio doors and making use of the overhead fans. There’s a simple kitchen set-up to the rear and an open tread staircase leads up to a spacious guest bedroom, with yet more views overlooking the lake.

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Photos: Jeffery Poss

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. I don’t like this type of architecture. This is the kind of stuff that gets pumped out of schools like Pratt and RISDI. There is nothing nice about it; it’s cold and impersonal and you couldn’t ever get me to live in something like this. I’d might as well be living in a cow barn.

  2. This is not a tiny house, this is a modest cottage.
    I don’t mean to be mean. I like the view from the lane. Nicely done. But faux and dangerous “pallet wall” on the stairs; obligatory cable railing; knotty pine; ridiculous ceilings.
    A wood stove of that size vs the window area and concrete floor would require you sit beside it and feed it logs if this is built in any cool/cold climate. Away for the week. This place would take days to reheat … please tell me there’s infloor heating.
    Of course, I don’t know where George Lake is. It could be that you can slide the doors open in the summer and not be swarmed by mosquitoes. It may be it never freezes in the winter and the wood stove is adequate to take the chill off.

  3. I love this space. The tall ceilings give this modest space such an elegant since of spaciousness and without knowing the actual location I don’t have an opinion of whether or not the wood stove is appropriate on a functional level but why not give the designer the benefit of the doubt and assume that it’s somewhere that has mild temperatures and or that there are indeed heated floors.

  4. It would be nice to get the cost break-down of cost of construction of these ” humble’, architect-designed ” mini-homes”….

  5. Humble? Hmmmm…. just how much DID this cost? And the building of it is not something just anyone can do; it would take skilled labor to put this thing together.

    1. Linda – Yeah, I know. I’ve often thought of changing the name of the website, because I do feature a range of small and tiny houses/spaces which may be humble or not so humble.