Every inch works hard in this classic Southern cottage

John Tee House Plan 1906 St. George Cottage
Credit: Muir Stewart

Designed by architect John Tee, the St. George Cottage comes in at 1,581 square feet. From the country to the coast, this little charmer is perfect for any setting. Every inch of the home has a purpose so no corner goes unused.

Why We Love It

This floor plan gets straight to the point and is clearly meant for living. By minimizing hallways and keeping the layout open, this little cottage maxes out its square footage. It's also versatile in its simplicity. "It could be a home for a family with two kids, because the master bedroom is opposite the others," says architect John Tee, "but it could also be a great home for retirees, because it's all on one level." The living room has a pair of doors opening onto an optional covered porch that works not only as a natural extension of the space but also as an easy party expander.

The Wow Factor

It's like living in a beach house. "The Gulf and Atlantic coasts are known for their relaxed and breezy one-story homes," explains Tee. The open floor plan; the low, hipped roof; the wide overhangs; and the abundant natural light all graciously nod to seaside design. The overhangs help to protect the exterior of the home from sun, rain, and other seaside elements. Rustic board and batten siding adds to the charming and relaxed aesthetic. And this plan is truly breezy: "The dormers offer attic ventilation, while a raised foundation allows for air circulation beneath the home during warm summers," Tee points out. He didn't forget about the suburbanites either. It's easy to customize the plan by adding a connecting garage.

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Dress It Up

A porch like this is just begging for simple coastal furnishings (and long afternoons spent on it). Try a rocking chair, like the Nantucket Rocking Chair from Grandin Road ($199), or a petite planter from Wayfair, ($63.99).