Small, artist-designed dwellings

Home Made Home is a creative enterprise led by visual artist Germaine Koh, to design and build innovative and low-impact small dwellings for modest living.

Our mission is to make well-crafted and thought-provoking structures that fulfill real needs and encourage us to imagine other possible ways of living.

Home Made Home is both a critical design project with social objectives, and an art project looking at possibilities for lived and civic space. Our activity includes both a client-driven design-build service and a more speculative research + concept branch.



Home Made Home is a creative enterprise led by visual artist Germaine Koh, to design and build innovative small dwellings for modest living. Our mission is to make thought-provoking, practical, and dignified designs to fulfill real needs. We aim to craft appealing and efficient structures that expand the public imagination about what housing can and could be. They are works of social sculpture that create conversation about housing conventions, use of common spaces, sustainable growth, and spatial design.

The name Home Made Home indicates that we build at a manageable, sustainable, human scale, working from an existing local situation to make a better one. It implies a DIY ethos and self-reliance. Some of our projects also build community, giving amateurs experience building.

Based in the critical art practice of Germaine Koh, Home Made Home operates uniquely as both a design-build enterprise with social objectives, and an art project concerned with spatial design and civic engagement. With this twofold approach, Home Made Home projects will range from custom-built structures tailored to client needs, through concept units and prefab prototypes, to mobile and habitable sculptures, gallery-based installations, and speculative research that imagines other models for living.

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Concept Models

Like concept cars or albums, Home Made Home concept models try to re-imagine a category of objects. Our research asks questions about what dwelling could be, allowing ourselves to be speculative and fanciful, utopian and agile.

Home Made Home concept models could include:

  • Mobile micro dwellings
  • Habitable sculptures
  • Gallery installations imagining alternative models for living
  • Prefab shelter modules for multiple production
  • Parasitic structures
  • Other speculative objects

Custom Projects

Our operations include a client-focused custom design-build service operating on the principles of low environmental impact, high craftsmanship, and sensitivity to local conditions.

Custom structures could include:

  • Cabins
  • Accessory buildings and outbuildings
  • Tiny houses on wheels
  • Infill housing
  • Custom trailers
  • Laneway houses
  • and more

For custom structures, we can manage, guide, complete, or assist with construction. All structures will be built to applicable codes and bylaws.

Contact us to discuss your needs.


Research + Press

Part of the work of Home Made Home is to advocate for the existence of small dwellings and modes of living that fall outside the norm, and to explore the limits of what is permitted. Our research topics include squatters' rights, tent cities, alternative energy and waste systems, and affordable housing initiatives.

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Home Made Home is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Germaine Koh acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council.

(c) 2015 Germaine Koh Studio Ltd.