The Itsy-Bitsy Cottage That Can Be Built Anywhere

This one-bedroom, one-bath tiny house plan has all you need for practical and stylish living.

Whether you're downsizing for retirement with a quaint new home, looking for the ultimate mother-in-law suite, or building a weekend getaway cottage, this coastal-inspired tiny house plan makes the most of its square footage to accomplish anything you have in mind. With one bedroom, one bathroom, and a sizable kitchen, 540 square feet is just the right amount of space for comfortable living for one or two. It is simple living at its finest. The spacious, covered side porch functions as an outdoor living room, offering additional breathing room so the home never feels cramped.

About the Plan

Plan Designer: Group3 Designs

Name: Garden Cottage

Size: 540 square feet

Plan: SL-1830

Why We Love It

Rick Clanton, co-principal at Group3 Designs, puts it best: "Small scale can feel really good. I imagine walking through the front door at the end of the day with my wife and looking out at a big view of nature and just being happy." That is the feeling this cottage exudes. Its practical floor plan covers all the basic needs, so the real focus is on getting you to enjoy your surroundings. The central fireplace grounds the living area, creating a cozy and welcoming environment. Thinking ahead, Clanton designed the home so the front door could face a main house (if necessary) and the side porch could look out onto a lake, pool, or forest vista. His thoughtful design also creates opportunity to screen in the porch to keep those pesky mosquitos out and add a great option for an outdoor dining space.

The Lowcountry familiarity makes it welcoming and versatile. "Most traditional houses are very simple in shape," Clanton says, noting that he was inspired by timeworn beach houses he's seen in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. "There's this one that's old, shingled, and kind of dilapidated, but it has this perfectly aged, lived-in look. So I hoped to capture that same feeling without any of the mustiness." While this plan is certainly customizable, he says maintaining proportion is key. The footprint allows for ease to add on wings, but Clanton cautions again stretching the gable too much which would compromise the character of the home. In other words: Keep it simple with a quaint space.

Garden Cottage Floor Plan
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