The Box by Bamesberger Architecture is a Rustic Contemporary Home from Indiana

Dubbed the Box, this house can be found in Valparaiso in the state of Indiana in the United States. It’s been designed for a client who wanted a small home overlooking wetlands to the front.


The house has been designed by local studio, Bamesberger Achitecture, and was completed back in 2014.

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Resembling a wooden box with it’s regular cladding profile and cuboid form, the house covers a total area of 960-square-feet (89.18-square-meters). There are two levels in the home, the ground floor and an upper mezzanine that caters for the sleeping spaces.

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The house is nestled into the gently rising slope of the site. Some of the rocks excavated during the process were re-purposed for use as a base for the fireplace, and as a stepping stones leading up to the entrance door. The entrance door itself is also made from materials found on site – an old dead walnut tree was cleared and turned into the door.

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The interior of the Box is relatively basic. They’ve focused on providing affordability through the use of simple materials and finished. Natural finishes are also found throughout, with blackened steel, stone, and birch plywood making up the bulk of the material palette.

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The ground floor is composed of a single open plan room, divided by function rather than walls. The front end of the home is dedicated to the kitchen, living room and dining area. The front wall is also lined with windows on both the lower and upper levels.

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Other areas on the ground floor include a bathroom and a study/library. A steel ladder takes you up to the mezzanine floor, which provides for two bedrooms. The exterior of the house also sports an expansive deck area, creating the perfect spot for relaxing on and soaking up the views.

For more small houses check out this bright and airy family home from Moscow by Ruetemple. Or, this modern mountain hut from Sweden. See all small houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Graham Sandelski

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.