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 to small houses and cabins. The standard cabin sizes start at 14′ by 24′ and go up to 16′ by 40′.
This cottage is based on a 16′ by 30′ cabin, giving 480 ft2 (44.6 m2) of inside space. The porches almost double that, adding 432 ft2 (40.1 m2) of outside living space. The 8′ wide open porch along the front came standard with the cabin, and an optional screened porch was added to the end.
The bright red double doors that mark the main entrance take you right into the main living space, a combined dining and sitting room. The space is modestly-sized but feels roomy thanks to the cathedral ceiling. The kitchen and bathroom are at the other end of the cottage, with a loft bedroom over. The interior was finished with pine tongue and groove boards having a V-groove edge. The panelling has a clear finish on the ceiling and a coat of white paint on the walls for a nice balance.
A space-saving pocket door leads to the bathroom. It is quite spacious and has a couple of good-sized closets, one of which houses the hot water tank. An on-demand water heater would save a lot of space, leaving that closet available for a clothes washer.
The loft is reached by a built-in ladder with integrated storage shelves. There is plenty of headroom for walking around in the central portion. That’s partly thanks to the taller than average walls (which appear to be about 10′ tall), so the roof doesn’t start until about a foot and a half above the loft floor.
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