To me, this size home is perfect. Also, notice the solar panels on the roof. I love timber frame houses. Especially if we build smaller. And smarter. Notice how the bedroom has its own exit out to the deck. I think this is a great feature that most of us would enjoy every morning. What did you like best about this small house? At square-feet, can you see yourself in it?
I sure can. Or any couple without children. Or maybe even for a single person who works from home or has hobbies? Seems like just the right amount of space. I love tiny homes but I also love small houses and I hope that the tiny house movement can also encourage the design and development of more homes like this one, not just the tiny ones.
What are your thoughts on that? Get more updates just like this in your email via our free daily Tiny House Newsletter. Sources: Six Degrees Construction Co. Interested in buying the plans so you can build it yourself? Read more. This is the Louisa Cottage. This is a sustainable small farmhouse cottage near Melbourne, Australia that you can rent on Airbnb.
You can share this using the e-mail and social media re-share buttons below. You can also join our Small House Newsletter! Thank you! Most of them will be around for more than a hundred years. Far stronger and more durable than conventional building. Here in Australia homes are getting bigger and bigger. We sarcastically call them McMansions. We really do not need all the space we are creating. This is a perfect design for a couple.
Bigger houses then half of rooms not being used unless you have big family, but so…even one child in this little house can be adjusted making a small room within the ! I live in Colorado. We also call them Mcmansions. More furniture for rooms that never even get used. I would be more than happy to with a little house like this. You are so right. How do I get more information as to plans and a more descriptive floorplan? Personally, this is pretty near perfect for me. Well… Duh! Links to the plans are at the bottom of the article… but here it is as an absolute link.
John if you want to Leave something behind Please put it in ironclad format my Aunt Left me her home in chicago. No—far from it. Post and beam is not something every builder can or wants to do but there are plenty of companies including one right down the road from my house in NY that still do this on a regular basis.
Of course you can always work out how to do this on your own—with an architect or engineer and some one to sign off on your plans you can build these anywhere. Of course if you have your own timber this is MUCH cheaper. If you live anywhere near an Amish community you might be able to hire some of their fine carpenters and builders to do some or all of this.
Amish workers eh? Yeah, slight problem. I live in New Zealand… miles to the west is a little island called Australia. But yeah, thought it was strange, the argument I read was that there was too much weight and an inordinately high number were having the roof collapse.
But cannot recall where exactly I read that. This house is awesome and I love the deck areas. It makes the house look bigger than it really is plus I love having out door space for lounging or even just doing a bit of container gardening. I could see our little family in this house and it would be very cozy. The only thing I might do is add a half bath somewhere. It is just helpful to have an extra bathroom with 3 people. Love it, but do designers have something against tubs???
Without a tub I would not be interested. I do love the kitchen in this home and the yellow exterior. That shower is pretty large. Many people only take showers, though. What they do have is respect for what the clients want. Or, if it takes yer fancy, a Sauna. Whatever trips yer trigger.
I need my bathtub and take a nice hot bath almost every night. Need a hot bath nearly every night??? Tubs are also not Eco-Friendly, in the sheer volume of water that must be run to fill one adequately. An average bath requires gallons of water. The average shower of four minutes with an old shower head uses 20 gallons of water. With a low-flow shower head, only 10 gallons of water is used. If only more people cared about things like that. They lived in a desert area and had a cistern for water for many years, so they knew how to conserve water.
The small house I live in now has a mini-tub too, so even more water is saved. Least dirty me , then Gran, then Uncle and last poor Granpa. I love tubs but can no longer bend my knees to get into one. LOL If you claim that one gallon of water poured over your sweaty body gets you sparkling clean, more power to ya. I also do not put a lot of water in my tub but do put enough to just cover my hips. I have RA and it is one of the few things that actually helps me from totally freezing up.
All our water is reused in the gardens and orchard so none goes to waste. We practice permaculture on our homestead. I disagree on the bathtub debate. We WANT a bathtub and plan to have a walk-in tub. We do take showers most of the time, but tubs are so nice for aching muscles and joints.
I remember putting all 4 of my children through the same lot of bath water! Usually girls first — they are younger and usually less grubby. Then the boys, who could get incredibly dirty! We had quite a deep bath tub when they were small, but with 4 of them going through, I felt it was OK.
We had a big bathroom sink when baby 2 and 3 were tiny, so we bathed them in that! We had a wet room built for my elderly 82 year old mother when she came to live with us, so I could put my swimming cossie on and help her in the shower. We only have a shower now, but I would like a bath to soak in from time to time.
And to get to the point….. I love this house! I completed a sq ft home this past spring. I did have some problems with water and electric utilities as they wanted to insist I connect to their systems. They even tried to bill me, without any connections, for minimum monthly usage. Took a lawsuit to stop the greed. Now local politicians are proposing an law to outlaw setups such as mine.
With Paul here. We have a 5 gallon pressure sprayer intended for spraying fruit trees etc and use this as an outdoor shower. A pallet forms the base, trees and hedges are 2 sides with a shed and the upen shed door the other 2. Use it whenever the weather permits. This year the Irish winter has been characterised by winds from the south so we have used it pretty much all year but last winter was cold enough the water pipes all froze so not so much.
Economic and eco friendly. I really like this floor plan, especially the largish kitchen. I want a claw foot tub for soaking, and mosaic tile in the bathroom.
First I would like to say, that the photography is spectacular. The colors of the home blend, as if they belong together. This home is grand in its own rite. My compliments for the architecture and then some. I would like to see more of these kinds of homes. Please Alex stay busy and bring some more. Of course the photography is spectacular. They were taken specifically for the architects portfolio to show prospective clients.
Research bears this out. Like the floor plan, lots of light. Potentially, that is going to cause leakage and dry rot problems where the porch meets the roof valance.
Here in the South the rain would create sheer havoc!! I had the same thought too, Harry. In Oregon, of all places! Other than that, the place is beautiful. I live the spacious feel, the beautiful finish and decor, and all else. Plus, there is a wood stove in case the power goes out. Hi again, La Segunda. Not a single. Yes, my Gran had lace valances on the kitchen window but they were for a decorating touch, not blocking the view. Still no need for window covers! The raccoons will tidy up the remains.
I live with my best friend in what was about a sf s rambler, until we remodeled the two car garage into a very large bedroom. Near the BR but if you wash after you go to bed you can shut the doors for noise control.
Wood is really not a good insulator, and it moves and shrinks, causing air gaps. The outside needs to have finish applied every 18 months. Lynda Davids comment was toward Alex not lynda. Also he wanted to see pics and info on small cabins. Wood is a good insulator. If it does the builder or lumber mill did something wrong by not storing it properly or allowing it to age the proper time in the proper humidity. There are cabins over years old that have not been treated every 18 months and still are holding up very well to weather and bugs.
Its nice if you can afford to treat it every 18 months but its definitely not needed. Beautiful home! I agree with Harry Symonds regarding the backward sloping porch overhang being a problem. Also, in the drawing, what is the room on the lower left, and the small rectangle with only one door off of that? The post mentions this being good for a couple without kids, but if that room on the lower left can be used as a bedroom, could not this be a home for a couple with a child or two adults with their own room?
Our sq. No noise, very easy maintence, especially when the stuff needs to be replaced!!! The furnace that came with the cottage was from ; we found the date on it when we had to replace it a couple of years ago. So it looks like this home has both wood burning stove for heat as well as forced air for the bedrooms? Can a whole house including separate bedrooms be heated by one wood burning stove, maybe with the use of directional fans?
Nice tall cielings gives a sense of space so sq. But so far this year it has dropped into the teens and I have yet to need any heat. Never did turn on the cool cycle over the Summer even with many days in the 90s. If your home is well constructed and well insulated just normal everyday living will provide most if not all the heat you will need for a home this size.
Lawrence, where is this house built, and what kind of insulation have you used? Keep us posted through the winter please, as your experiences could be very valuable to others as well. Example: Overnight it got down to 24 degrees, I have not turned on the heat and the house remains at a comfortable 71 degrees.
And that has not fluctuated as I have opened doors etc to let dogs in and out. True as I had it milled from trees I took down when the home was being planned. Steel roof, cisterns for all water needs, solar electric and solar hot water. All lumber came from my property and was milled on site. I built the home myself with the help of a retired carpenter and local subs for things like concrete work, electric, plumbing, etc.
Never thought that at age 69 I would ever do something like this but it has been loads of fun. Sounds like feature-article material to me! Pictures at least! Lawrence, I too would love to at least see the plan for your house. It sounds amazing. My husband and I are counting down the years til we can get our home downsized. We have children in high school for 3 more years.
Then, we hope to build or buy a home that sounds like yours. Lawrence, please share! Lawrence I am very interested in your experience with having to fight for the right to be off grid. I am planning to do the same in NC and am wondering if it will be difficult. I know your post is 2 years old, but I hope you might see this and respond. Perhaps you could email me at whwerb at hot mail dot com.
The first place we rented was 2 bed and was heated by a wood burning stove which heated radiators in the other rooms, the same 2 houses on but this was 3 bed and on 2 levels. Both these houses were in England and we had a couple of really cold winters. The last was a 3 bed 2 storey house in Ireland and this was heated by an open fire, we burned wood and peat, which again heated the rest of the house, except for the kitchen diner, with radiators.
Apart from the kitchen diner which had a long outside wall with big single glazed windows and a door so it was always cold the house stayed nice and warm and burning peat means you can bank the fire so it burns warm but slow all night and is easy to clean and use embers to relight first thing next morning.
A stove, properly done, can also be banked to burn all night but more often than not the wood would burn through and go out before the morning. Love, love, love this house. Perfect size for me — actually would be larger than the house I have now sq ft and on one floor. I have a finished upper floor which I made my bedroom when I first moved here, and a finished basement, but as I grow older, those stairs are not as much fun as they were.
But stairs or not, I love my little house. Small houses rock! I love the house. One would need a claw foot tub. Another feels the kitchen is too cramped. And another would require two bathrooms. Consider yourself lucky that you have plumbing. And the appliances too close together? And especially for someone eyeing retirement, those characteristics are worth their weight in gold. If it was a single commenter wanting the clawfoot tub, more room in the kitchen, and two bathrooms, then yeah, maybe they need a larger house!
And a little more room in the kitchen sounds reasonable, even in a small house. Two bathrooms? Figure out what you really want, and design your perfect house around those features. But Cheryl, what you want, and what you need are 2 very different beasts. Do you need 2 bathrooms? And, looking at this from the other half of the planet I am assuming when you say bathroom you are talking toilets.
If not, and you mean bathroom as in a bath, then I think you are a victim of affluenza. If you both need to wash at the same time either get a shower with shower heads on either side or get a double usually spa bath so you can soak together. But… build another one? This is part of the problem with the States these days.
I wanna, I gotta. If so, enjoy paying the man all that extra interest on your house loan. Not two bathrooms; just two toilets. And when you have people to stay over you might just want a seperate or at least a not in demand toilet. There is a huge difference I agree on need vs want; but for some this is a need. As to bath tub vs shower—again; it depends very much on the physical needs of the owners. Yeah—this sucks and is prob not going to change—too much to rip this all out and start again.
So I use a bath seat in there and pray eveyr time that I don;t fall—the one-legged have diffferent fears than the rest of the population after all! The ledge shown on the shower in this house would be a small issue—I would have it built with a NO barrier curb and of course non-skid tiles or flooring. That way there is no tripping hazard and no barrier to getting a knee walker in there to a bath seat—stuck with THAT for the rest of my life—or a wheelchair.
And I did like the over hanging sink—even if you don;t need a chair being able to get close to the sink is better esp for short people. Given your medical issues, then yes you can justify having 2. But my original comment was directed at cheryl. Not that I disagree with your comments.
You actually raise a number of valid points, but remember, the internals of a house, this or any other, can be changed to suit the circumstances and wishes of the individual who is buying it or having it built for them.
Especially for one who is in a wheelchair. That was one of the things we looked for when we bought this house. It has a small full bathroom and a closet toilet that is just off the mud room.
I lived in one sq ft and absolutely hated it. It was cobbled together and hard to clean easily. Receive a FREE modification estimate in one of 3 ways. Our modification team is ready to help you adjust any plan to fit your needs. The ReDesign process is simple and estimates are free! Complete this On-Line Request Form 2.
Print, complete and fax this PDF Form to us at Want to talk to an expert? Call us at Canadian customers, please call to discuss modifications. Note: - a sketch of the changes or the website floor plan marked up to reflect changes is a great way to convey the modifications in addition to a written list. We Work Fast! When you submit your ReDesign request, a designer will contact you within 24 business hours with a quote.
You can have your plan redesigned in as little as 14 - 21 days! We look forward to hearing from you! Start today planning for tomorrow!
No need to wait for a reliable cost. Get a detailed cost report for your home plan with over 70 lines of summarized cost information in under 5 minutes!
There is no doubt in this fact that our homes are a reflection of us. So, when you have progressed so much with the time, now is the time of your home to progress with our range of 2 BHK Modern Home design. Our focus has always been to provide Spaces that stand as a good value for money with good ventilation and natural light to enhance the positive energy in the houses.
In addition, to serve you with the best we have curated a Modern House, united by a commitment to individuality, modern and progressive design to provide you an array of Modern and Contemporary properties for sale. To introduce our range of Outshining homes, we bring to you an Aesthetic Modern and Contemporary House spread across square feet to add a great progression in your phase of life.