weeHouse: The 10th Anniversary of the Prefab Mini-Home

Designed by Alchemy Architects for a violinist of the Minnesota Orchestra and her family, the weeHouse is a small off-grid house, located near Lake Pepin, Minnesota. The weeHouse model has been reproduced many times over, often several times larger than this original version, which is just 336 square feet.


The weeHouse by Alchemy Architects in Minnesota

The interior is clad with Douglas Fir, giving the home a natural warmth. The home features IKEA furnishings in the kitchen, living area, and sleeping areas. A simple galley kitchen provides for their culinary needs. The main living area contains the home’s heat source – a large wood burning stove, and the sleeping areas are separated from the main living space by a set of curtains.


I don’t see a bathroom? The bathroom is found outside, at a distance from the main home. It seems to be an out-house and can be seen in the first picture, above.

The weeHouse by Alchemy Architects in Minnesota


According to the architects, the exterior is clad with a cementitious siding, that’s been painted with an oxidizing paint, creating a rustic finish that resembles COR-TEN steel.

The house features floor-to-ceiling Anderson windows on both sides. This opens the space up to the exterior, providing panoramic views and allowing natural light to pervade throughout the home.

The weeHouse by Alchemy Architects in Minnesota

The small house was built in a factory by Geoffrey Warner and a team of craftsmen. Once construction was completed the home was transported to its final location via semi-truck. The approximate cost for the house in 2003 was $60,000.

The weeHouse by Alchemy Architects in Minnesota

The weeHouse is a simple, effective design that promotes interaction between both people and spaces, with its main focus on the exterior environment.

The weeHouse by Alchemy Architects in Minnesota

For more small houses check out the KN House, a cosy home in Vietnam that contains some unusual design features. Or, the ultimate riverside getaway, the Hood Canal Boathouse.

Via ArchDaily

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. Is the ceiling curved? Or is it the photography? Either way this is a beautiful place and does not show it’s age. Very nice!

  2. Thomas – Not sure! I think the ceiling is flat, but I suppose the roof could be curved slightly for drainage.

    Ann – The bathroom seems to be an outhouse, seen in the first picture. Definitely not everyone’s cup of tea!