Tiny Cape Cod cottage | Christopher Budd
A lot of us dream of someday building our own small house from the ground up. Unfortunately there are often various obstacles on that path. Limited finances and skeptical lenders, lack of suitable land, and oppressive minimum size regulations can all get in the way. An alternative is to buy an older small house and remodel it to suit your needs. Interior designer Christopher Budd and his partner did that, purchasing a 1940s summer cottage in Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod. He then rearranged the 350 ft2 (32.5 m2) floor plan with the help of custom homebuilder Cape Associates, creating a functional and comfortable vacation home that can be enjoyed year-round.
The owners wanted to have distinct spaces within the downstairs living area, versus one wide-open room. An island was chosen to define the kitchen and sitting areas while keeping them open to one another, and also providing a place to eat. To keep it from consuming too much valuable floor space, the island was kept very narrow using 21″ deep cabinets instead of the standard 24″.
The living room ceiling is vaulted up to the roof, increasing the perceived size of the small room by the added volume and by the long sightlines up to the loft.
The kitchen is tiny but fully functional, utilizing the most compact appliances the owners could find. It’s a bit hard to believe but they managed to squeeze in a fridge, a two-burner cooktop, a wall oven, a microwave oven, a dishwasher drawer and even a clothes washer.
The bathroom is even tinier at under 23 ft2 (2.1 m2), about half the size of a typical full bathroom with bathtub. The toilet and vanity were squeezed in on one side, leaving the other side free for a full-size shower.
A narrow stair winds up to the bedroom loft. Storage is accommodated by drawers under the bed and low cabinets, keeping the space open.
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Nice. High end appliances and craftsmanship. No closet space or washer and dryer space. I am not sure about the room off the kitchen?
Office, dinning,? Overall one of the nicest kitchens we have seen! I would say total build out 50k.
Stunning! The layout, use of colors and space, the furniture and appliances, all of it is lovely, just so lovely. This is a tiny home that doesn’t look tiny. I want to redo my big home with these colors because they are so fresh and clean looking. The pop of orange is just the right punch too! Also, I love the dresser you have upstairs with what looks like reclaimed wood. As far as a lack of a closet, since this is a vacation home, I’m thinking most of your clothes would go in the dresser. I love it and all your choices seem perfect to me!
The space off the kitchen is a 3 season glassed in porch with a dining table, chairs, and a suspended ethanol fireplace. To be honest, while the wooden cabinet in the living room has wardrobe space, we later had a small sliver of a closet built in because we got tired of not enough hanging space. We found a little vertical niche that allowed space for stacked to 18 inch rods in a vertical cabinet. Also, it should be noted that in addition to the washer there is actually a dryer as well tucked under the counter that extends under the stairwell.
Is there a floor plan for this? What is the total sqft of the downstairs and the upstairs?