Cabins And Cottages Under 1,000 Square Feet

These tiny cabins and cottages embody a lot of Southern charm in a neat, 1,000-square-foot-or-less package.

Grayson Trail House Plan

Sometimes all you need is a simple place to unwind, and these charming cottages and cabins show you how to have everything you need in a small space. For waterside living, our house plans for The Boathouse & Bunkhouse, and The Beachside Bungalow, will feel like they are made-to-measure for relaxing. If you love rustic style, you will feel at home with our small cabin plans for the Cedar Creek Guest House or Yancey's Mill.

You may prefer to have your holiday home a small retreat, but these house plans show you how to make every square foot of your cottage or cabin inviting, comfortable, and serene. No matter what you are looking for, these house plans show how these cabins and cottages embody a lot of Southern charm in a neat, 1,000-square-foot-or-less package.

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Cedar Creek Guest House, Plan #1450

1450 Cedar Creek Guest House Plan Image

Southern Living

This cozy cabin is a perfect retreat for overnight guests or weekend vacations. With a spacious porch, open floor plan, and outdoor fireplace, you may never want to leave.

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Shoreline Cottage, Plan #490

Shoreline Cottage, Plan #490
Southern Living

Inspiration for the Shoreline Cottage came from the desire for a simple house that would capture serene views from all sides. The board-and-batten exterior, gabled roof, and generous porch set a traditional tone, while tall windows and an open interior make the home more modern.

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Eagle's Nest, Plan #739

Eagle's Nest Plan #739

Southern Living

With a touch of Gothic styling, this plan offers open spaces and a straightforward layout. The main level is a multipurpose space, while the cabin's steeply pitched roof allows for a comfortable bedroom and bath upstairs. The screened back porch provides additional space.

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Deer Run Plan, #731

Deer Run SL house plan
Southern Living

This thoughtfully designed and affordable house illustrates cabin living at its best. The open living room boasts a fireplace, windows along three walls, and a set of French doors that open to a screened back porch.

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Hilltop Plan, #728

Hilltop Plan #728

Southern Living

Retreat with family and friends on this lovely getaway, perfect as a charming mountain retreat or a cozy lakeside cabin where casual conversation takes place around a beautiful stone fireplace. When sunny mornings beckon, enjoy coffee and fresh air on one of two railed porches.

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Beachside Bungalow, Plan #1117

Beachside Bungalow, Plan #1117
Designed by Moser Design Group

An adorable front porch is a place to set up a couple of chairs or a hanging swing and take a load off your heels. The gable roof covers this Southern-inspired cottage bungalow that will make every day feel like a vacation.

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Lake Haven Plan, #609

Lake Haven Plan #609

Southern Living

This quaint cabin, tucked in the woods, can be a weekend retreat or guesthouse. The charming exterior offers an inviting front porch that opens to the casual living room. Upstairs, a sleeping loft adds more room for guests.

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Crooked Creek, Plan #740

Crooked Creek Plan #740

Southern Living

This plan has timeless appeal with a fun-loving and unpretentious design in mind. This two-room cabin features a cozy fireplace and a spacious living area. It makes the perfect house for first-time, retirement, or vacation home buyers.

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Boathouse & Bunkhouse, Plan #049

049 Boathouse & Bunkhouse House Plan Image

Southern Living

No place has more charm than this little boathouse perched over the water. This boathouse makes a welcoming weekend cottage or waterside home with windows on every wall, wood siding, shuttered windows, and a metal roof with exposed rafters.

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Gin Creek Plan, #738

Gin Creek Plan #738

Southern Living

This floor plan is a compact, story-and-a-half cabin with enough style and flexibility to become either a lake house or a mountain retreat. A covered front porch provides a haven for afternoon naps. Inside, one room accommodates family living and dining.

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Cypress View Plan, #735

Cypress View Plan #735

Southern Living

This cottage is home on a lake, beach, or mountain site. The plan includes an optional screened porch that expands the living space and allows for enjoying the beautiful views.

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Sun River Plan, #644

644 Sun River House Plan House Plan Image

Southern Living

This quaint log cabin is ideal for weekend getaways or retreats in the wood, with two floors and room for a swing. The main living room has multiple windows, brightening the space, which features a wood stove. The upper-floor loft bedroom includes two sizeable closets. 

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The Ozarks Plan, #730

The Ozarks Plan #730
Roland Davis

This rustic and comfortable cabin plan makes the most of its space with less than 1,000 square feet. The doors in the living room open onto a back porch to enjoy the scenic surroundings. Create a private retreat upstairs with a spacious bedroom and bath.

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Little Red Plan, #742

Little Red Plan #742

Southern Living

Board-and-batten construction and simple post-and-rail detailing give our Little Red plan the sturdy, primitive feel of a log cabin. Using local stone and wood siding helps the home blend effortlessly into its surroundings.

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Yancey's Mill Plan, #741

741 Yancey's Mill House Plan Image

Southern Living

Roughing it can be a lot of fun. Yancey's Mill, with its screened-in porch, great room, and stone fireplace, is perfect for short getaways or as a sportsman's cabin. The stone fireplace in the vast great room is the ideal spot to retreat after a long nature walk or leisurely boat ride. 

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Garden Cottage, Plan #1830

Garden Cottage House Plan
Dale Watson

This one-bedroom, one-bathroom retreat packs everything you'd want in a weekend getaway in just 540 square feet. Enjoy the pleasures of simple living with the comforts of a covered front porch and cozy fireplace. It's the perfect part-time or retirement cottage.

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Greer Lane, Plan #1024

Greer Lane Plan #1024

Southern Living

With Southern and country influences, the Greer Lane floor plan has an open layout and a wide front porch. The gable roofing adds a classic element to this house's design.

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Hickory Cove, Plan #992

Hickory Cove Plan #992

Southern Living

The first floor of Hickory Cove includes a connecting kitchen, living room, and dining room space, which extends to the screened-in porch. Upstairs are two bedrooms with a full bathroom in the middle, so guests can always have access. 

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Grayson Trail, Plan #988

Grayson Trail House Plan

Southern Living

This floor plan proves that you don't have to sacrifice comfort or style for a smaller footprint. Grayson Trail has a single bedroom and bath but includes a loft that guests can use as a quiet retreat. 

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Oak Creek, Plan #737

Oak Creek Plan #737

Southern Living

Designed by William H. Phillips, Jr., of Dauphin Island, Alabama, Oak Creek is a part of the Cabin Collection. This floor plan has plenty of sitting and relaxing space on the roomy front and back porches, even in this compact design. The main area includes one large cooking, eating, and relaxing space.

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Heaven's Door, Plan #732

Heaven's Door Plan #732

Southern Living

Heaven's Door features designer details like a Gothic window about the sink in the kitchen. It makes the most of its space by stacking the washer and dryer units in a utility closet and positioning the bath, so it's accessible from both the bedroom closet and hallway. A stacked-stone fireplace adds warmth to the great room.

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Budget Beach House, Plan #102

Budget Beach House
Ron Ward

This tiny cottage uses natural materials to weather gracefully near coastal landscapes, as its simple, straightforward construction resembles turn-of-the-century beach houses. The metal-clad roof helps to reflect the heat and provide durability. 

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Weekender Cabin, Plan #156

Weekended Cabin Plan #156

Southern Living

The Weekender Cabin is comfortable for extended stays, perched on piers and clad in board-and-batten siding. The main living area features an open cooking, eating, and relaxing space. The bedroom positioned to the side, creates a sense of privacy and coziness.

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Shoreline Cottage, Plan #490

Shoreline Cottage, Plan #490
Southern Living

Tall windows and an open interior make this home modern, while a board-and-batten exterior, gabled roof, and generous porch provide traditional elements. The interior features unique details like a built-in window seat on two walls, ideal for storage or cozy spaces for reading. A sleeping loft, accessible by a ladder, is also available.

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The Smokey Creek, Plan #729

Smokey Creek Plan #729

Southern Living

Designed by William H. Phillips, Jr., of Dauphin Island, Alabama, The Smokey Creek cabin is planned for enjoyment and practicality. The screened-in porch works need a beach, lake, or mountain site. Interior details like a wood-burning stove and central fireplace help make this a great year-round home.

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