A cottage in the redwoods by Cathy Schwabe

A woodsy cottage by architect Cathy Schwabe with 2 bedrooms in 840 sq ft | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

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 dug up more photos and a floor plan for your enjoyment. The house was designed by architect Cathy Schwabe and has two bedrooms in 840 ft2 (78 m2).

A couple of followers pointed out that this house was expensive at $335 per square foot. But that is mostly due to the very high-end finishes used, including vertical-grain Douglas-fir wall panelling, ipé floors and custom-built solid maple cabinetry. Another factor is the high cost of building in California. However the basic design of the house is pretty straightforward from a construction point of view, and would be pretty economical to build with more basic finishes. If it appeals to you, the plans for this small house are for sale through Houseplans.com.

A woodsy cottage by architect Cathy Schwabe with 2 bedrooms in 840 sq ft | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Rather than say anything more about this cottage, we’re instead going to again recommend the excellent article on Fine Homebuilding. Titled Small-House Secrets, it outlines 10 design strategies to consider when designing a small house.

Have a good weekend!

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Photographs by David Wakely Photography, courtesy of Cathy Schwabe Architecture and Houseplans.com.

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