A tiny cottage opens up with a wall of shutters | Zecc and Roel van Norel
A remarkable vacation cottage sits at the edge of a clearing in a rural area outside Utrecht, the Netherlands. It was created by a partnership between Utrecht-based studio Zecc and Roel van Norel. At first glance the cottage appears to be an ordinary gable-roofed house, and from some angles it might even be mistaken for a garden shed. Even the fully-glazed end wall isn’t all that unusual. But look closer and it becomes apparent that the archetypal house has been refined with a few unique twists.
For one thing, the cottage has an asymmetric profile — the front side has a generous roof overhang while the back side has none. Instead, the slate roofing wraps over the edge and runs down the wall to ground level. On the opposite side, what looks from a distance like a windowless wall turns out to be a series of louvered shutters that extends the full length of the façade. When the shutters are opened, they reveal that this wall too is all glass.
French doors in the gable end lead into the living/dining/kitchen area, which takes up about two-thirds of the cottage’s 30 m2 (323 ft2) floor plan. The far end is allocated to sleeping, with a bedroom area below and a loft above. The bedroom area can be kept open to the living area or closed off with a retracting wall of sliding panels. The shutters regulate the amount of afternoon sunlight entering the cottage. With the shutters closed, the spaced cedar slats still allow plenty of light in, along with a filtered view of the garden.
The entire back wall of the cottage is lined with oak cabinetry designed and built by van Norel. These highly crafted built-ins house all the service functions, seamlessly integrating the kitchen, bathroom facilities, clothes storage and even a wood-burning fireplace. To fit within the narrow width of the built-ins, the normal three-piece bathroom is split in three. There is a compartment for the shower, a compartment for the toilet and a small handbasin, and a larger sink open to the bedroom. Having a shower directly off a bedroom seems like a great idea, giving a lot more room to dry off and dress than a cramped bathroom, provided the flooring is water-resistant.
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Photographs by/courtesy of Roel van Norel, and by StijnStijl, courtesy of Zecc. Via Inhabitat.
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So perfect. Any builders in the United States? Would love to have this house.
this is one of the cutest and well designed small home i have viewed on small bliss homes
Can I find out what range that is in the kitchen?
Hi LC, I can’t tell you the model but it does say Bosch on it.
How much for this cabin?
Being a resident to the city of Utrecht, I am very curious to know whether this house is for sale, since I would love to get out of the city and live more of a rural life. It looks wonderful!
We would like to find someone who can build a house like this in the Colorado mountains just outside of Denver (Boulder/Golden) near Black Hawk. We would like to work out a deal with someone who would be interested in doing some sort of an exchange for much of the building, (i.e;, meaning I would like a person who can do this type of building all the way through to completion, who wants to live in the house once it’s finished for free for ‘x’ amount of time, and/or use it as a vacation home for free for ‘x’ amount of years.)
If you or someone you know is capable of building a home like this, I would pay for the materials and a stipend plus provide a year or two of free rent (and/or vacation time) and he/she/they could then live in it and/or use the home in exchange for their hard work. It is a gorgeous setting in the mountains on a lake, and for the right person(s) this would be ideal. (A background check would be required prior to hammering out any kind of deal, of course.) If you or anyone you know in the world are interested in this type of arrangement, please contact me at this email address: email@example.com
Are plans and cost available?
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Hi!! I would like to know if plans are available for sale???