A bright and spacious little backyard cottage | ART Design Build
The owner of a house in Maryland asked ART Design Build to replace an old one-car garage with a small accessory dwelling unit. She also requested that her new backyard cottage be made as energy-efficient as reasonably possible.
The tiny house has a footprint of roughly 340 ft2 (31 m2), plus a small loft. The floor plan is very efficient; despite the small size, the cottage seems quite spacious with a good-sized living room, a compact kitchen, and a bathroom with space for a large vanity. The loft could easily be used as a bedroom, for those who don’t mind climbing a ladder, but this cottage also has a wall bed in the living room.
Triple French doors offer views of the garden and open the living room to a small covered sitting area. High windows on the cottage’s other three sides and a couple of skylights bring in extra light without compromising privacy. The light and the high ceilings help make the whole cottage feel bigger than it is, as do the internal views. The arrangement of the living room and kitchen maximizes the diagonal sightlines through the tiny house, and from the living room you can also look up through the loft railing to the far gable window.
One wall of the living room is given over to storage with a built-in desk flanked by drawers and open shelves above. Open shelves were also used in the kitchen, providing storage without visually encroaching on the space.
To maximize thermal efficiency, the tiny house was built with a double roof system. The structural roof rafters end at the walls with no overhang. The entire cottage was wrapped in a continuous air barrier to eliminate air leaks followed by two inches of rigid foam to eliminate any thermal bridging through the wood studs and rafters. A second set of rafters was added on top to provide the overhangs. The exterior was then finished with durable fiber-cement siding and a metal roof. The X-braced double “doors” at one end don’t actually open; they are just for decoration as a reference to the old garage. Heating is provided by a mini-split heat pump, although the owner rarely uses it thanks to the high levels of insulation.
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Photographs by Tsantes Photography, courtesy of ART Design Build. Via Houzz.
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love this tiny house, it is very spacious alright. Sorry there was no picture of the loft but nevertheless I did enjoy looking at all the photos and reading the story. thanks, Mary Janke.
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I would love to have this house plan 🙂 Is there a way to order?
I would have liked to see more of this cottage. It is so cute.
Wow, beautiful design.
Beautifully done! Would most definitely live here!
so do you give plans or I mean we buy plans for this or can you set it up how does that work
Very nice! Make the wall bed a “bed over sofa”, replace the tub with a shower, and lower the roof, eliminating the loft — and I’d call it “my perfect hideaway home”.
How does one purchase the plans? Would I need to contact the designer? Is there a floor plan I could see? I love it!
It is beautiful for sure and I love the bathtub. I am very interested in all the interest for glass doors and glass showers. I am house cleaner and while I don’t mind being paid to do them, I sure wouldn’t want to have to clean one for free at my place ;). Those water spots alone. Seems like you have to do extra treatment as well as pay for the upkeep on the caulking and molding. (That black mold gets in there and all you can do is replace it). So, do all the people who have this stuff pay others to clean it for them? Do they really not mind all the extra work? That or do they really not know about any of his stuff before it’s done? Just curious.
Hi Shell. I HATE housework in general, especially windows. The windows pictured are all large with NO mullioned dividers.
I was introduced to Norflex microfiber cleaning cloths do an excellent job cleaning windows. If you want the BEST, buy Norflex…it is a multilevel company. The first time I was introduced to those microfiber cleaning cloths and the AMAZING ability to clean glass was when the presenter smeared butter all over a mirror. Just using one cloth, she used the rough side to wipe and clean away the butter. She washed the cloth in warm soapy water (maybe) then turned the cloth over and used the fine side to do the final wipe and polishing. That was all!!!
I do not sell Norflex, so have no vested interest. When I need something something from the company, I find a distributor. Walmart and Canadian Tire sell cloths very similar at a much cheaper price. I have not done a test to see which is best…although I have a lot of the less expensive cloths for cleaning as well. For windows, I use Norflex.
I LOVE all the windows and light offered in this tiny house. Mold grows whether one has windows or not. It comes with humidity.
I wrote to the company about buying plans for this little cottage. I have been following tiny house links for many years. This one is the first I want to buy plan for!
Thank you, Shell, for choosing to clean houses! Because I dislike housework so much, I hire. However, hiring you is not feasible as I live in ALberta, Canada, unless you live in the Hat.
This simple, yet well laid out and appointed is exactly what I am looking to build. Is it possible to not only purchase plans, but also have photos of interior finishes used? Any advise about how to go about finding property which this tiny home can be stand alone, would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
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Love this so much…How do I purchase plans? A very good place to live in as I age!!
I would be interested in plans or dimensions of this converted garage. Thank you. Ken
JUST WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR. ARE THE PLANS AVAILABLE—–THANKS! JOHN
Are the plans available for purchase?