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Category Archive: Cottages

A cottage in Norway modeled on traditional boatsheds | Kolman Boye Architects

The island of Vega, on Norway’s northern coast, is located just 100 km from the Arctic Circle. While home to about 1,200 people, it’s an unlikely place for Oslo residents to build a… Continue reading

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Fox Hollow, a new cottage built from antique materials | Murphy & Co. Design

An avid collector of antiques commissioned this small cottage to replace the rotting log cabin that stood at the entrance to her Minnesota property. She envisioned a garden cottage more in keeping with… Continue reading

Beth’s teeny tiny cottage in California

Our friends at Apartment Therapy hold an annual Small Cool Home contest, inviting readers to submit photos and a written description of their own small homes. The 2010 winner of the “Teeny Tiny”… Continue reading

The Polygon Studio | Jeffery S. Poss and WORKUS

This little building serves as a sculpture studio. It seems appropriate then that its architects would give it an abstract sculptural shape with a zigzagging roof. Galvanized steel cladding runs up one wall… Continue reading

A matched pair of cozy stone cottages

Defining the border between Devon and Cornwall, the River Tamar flows through lands that were once part of a vast estate owned by the Duke of Bedford. Perched above the river are two… Continue reading

Texas Hill Country cottage by Kanga Room Systems

This classic country cottage is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It was designed and built by Kanga Room Systems, an Austin, Texas-based builder of prefab structures ranging from sheds… Continue reading

A cozy cottage retreat in the Turkish countryside

Today Emre Şenoğlu is sharing with us his family’s vacation home in Urla on the Aegean coast of Turkey. The small stone cottage is roughly 8 m by 5 m and was designed… Continue reading

A cottage in the redwoods by Cathy Schwabe

Yesterday we posted a link to a magazine article on our Facebook page, along with a photo of the house discussed in the article. People seemed to really like the house, so we’ve… Continue reading

Scott and Tania’s “Pint-Sized House”

Though looking very much like a restored Edwardian worker’s cottage from the early 1900′s, this small house was actually completed just last year. It is the home of Tania and Scott, a newlywed… Continue reading

Hamra, a barn-like vacation home by DinellJohansson

Hamra is a vacation home on the island of Gotland in Sweden. The owners had initially wanted to convert a barn into a summer house. When no suitable barn could be found, architects… Continue reading

Stone cottage in Normandy restored by Franklin Azzi

This small vacation house overlooks the seaside town of Yport in Normandy. It was created from the remnants of an old stone and brick hunting cabin. The walls of the old structure were… Continue reading

Otio, a serene stone cottage by Sebastian Nagy

Otio, a stone cottage whose name comes from the Latin word for serenity and leisure, was conceived as a place to return to and unwind after a long day of work. Designed by… Continue reading

The Poplar Garden House by Onix

We’re now well into Spring in the northern hemisphere, and many people will be busy planting and tending their gardens. For apartment dwellers, that may mean just a couple of planters squeezed onto… Continue reading

A contemporary wooden cottage by Prodesi

This contemporary cottage faces the Sázava River in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It is mainly intended to serve as a weekend and summer vacation home. An old small house… Continue reading

The Sea and Sky Cottage on Cape Breton Island

The Cape Breton landscape is dotted with small gable roofed houses, often shingled and with minimal roof overhangs. The Sea and Sky Cottage was designed by architect Craig Applegath and artist Stewart Applegath… Continue reading

The Skyward House by acaa

The Skyward House is a small cottage designed for a single woman by architect Kazuhiko Kishimoto of acaa. The cottage looks unassuming from the road below but it has a remarkable interior designed… Continue reading

VolgaDacha, a small house in the countryside by Bureau BERNASKONI

This small vacation house, or dacha, is located on the upper Volga River northwest of Moscow. It provides a family of four with a quiet country retreat from their busy lives in the… Continue reading

A tropical island escape in the city

This colorful cottage looks like it might be on one of the Caribbean islands, but it actually sits in the middle of north central Seattle, Washington. Using wide board paneling, buckets of paint… Continue reading

The Beach Hut, a romantic retreat in Cornwall

This snug retreat provides a secluded escape for lovers. The 85 year old cottage is located on a remote cove on the rugged windswept coast of Cornwall. The Beach Hut was a teahouse… Continue reading

AnnaMarie’s Cottage

Reader Steve Vandewalle has sent us photos of the small cottage he built for his wife. He was able to take a lot that was considered “unbuildable” and carve out a building area… Continue reading

Vacation cottage in Denmark by Møn Huset

Last year we featured the Længehus, a modular holiday house from Denmark. That was one of our most popular early articles, and so we thought we’d take a quick look a different model… Continue reading

A small beach house on a Caribbean island

If you’re in a part of the world where the cold of winter has set in, you might be longing for a tropical island paradise. Casita del Caribe is located on Utila, an… Continue reading

The Edge, an idyllic beach cottage in Cornwall

Nestled into a seaside cliff in Cornwall, England is The Edge, a tiny cottage with huge views. A breath-taking vista of the Atlantic Ocean and coastline can be enjoyed from its deck. The… Continue reading

“Dream Catcher Cottage” in Seaside, Florida

This classic Florida cottage is in the master-planned resort community of Seaside, Florida. Named Dream Catcher, the small cottage has two bedrooms and a sleeping loft in 1,035 ft2 (96.2 m2). It is… Continue reading