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400 Sq. Ft. Small Cottage by Smallworks Studios

I’m happy to be showing you this 400 sq. ft. small cottage designed by Smallworks Studios in Vancouver.

They’re a company focused on building small homes personalized their clients specific needs and I’m personally quite a fan of their work.

A Laneway House is a home built in an alley in the backyard on the current lot of an existing house. In other words, a guest house. They can also be referred to as accessory dwelling units.

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400 Sq. Ft. Small Cottage by Smallworks

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  • alice h October 4, 2014, 11:40 am

    Nice. A lot of the laneway houses incorporate a garage but I see they have a couple of off street parking spaces beside it so that likely satisfies the requirements. The plan doesn’t seem to quite match the building though.

  • Marsha Cowan October 4, 2014, 11:43 am

    Really lovely little cottage, especially clever bath, and I love the washer and dryer set up (though I may have put a sliding door so the door would no be in the way or I not be knoocked down by someone entering. How do you get up to the beautiful and spacious loft?

    • Paul October 5, 2014, 5:19 am

      Marsha, there is no loft. The bump in the roofline provides an extra window to the bathroom/laundry which does not have a full height wall on the interior side of the house.

      Part of the optical illusion which makes the house look bigger.

      And lordy be, if it’s going to be a small house, then nix the murphy bed, and have a real bedroom for privacy, especially from visitors… they do expect to have the occasional visitors don’t they?

      And I agree with ALL the comments about correct plans with the pictures… BUT, this is what comes on the link page as well.

      Ya don’t think they might have been smoking too much of that maple leaf weed do ya? : P

  • Juan Hernandez Jr. October 4, 2014, 12:09 pm

    That is one sweet cottage. We need to have those here in Downtown Long Beach, California.

  • Otessa Regina Compton October 4, 2014, 12:11 pm

    I WOULD USE A DIFFERENT INTERIOR AND MAKE THINGS MORE TROPICAL AND MEDITERRANEAN, THE INTERIOR IS TOO MODERN FOR ME, BUT THE CONCEPT OF THESE HOUSES ARE JUST GREAT. I DO LOVE MODERN APPLIANCES, I JUST DO NOT LIKE OVERLY MODERN DECOR.

  • Twila October 4, 2014, 2:36 pm

    Impressive

  • Judiel Gonzalez October 5, 2014, 2:00 pm

    This is me all over… I will change the exterior design but this is a perfect example of a minimalist design that perfectly fit any lifestyle… thanks for alway inspire us and making us believe that less is more…

  • Marcia October 6, 2014, 11:19 am

    I think this is really cute, but I’d need a separate bedroom for sure.

  • T Grant January 14, 2015, 2:39 pm

    This is a cute floor plan. However I am looking for something much more basic, kinda “finish the inside yourself” kit. And cost? That has to be one tenth of the asking price for that one…otherwise no incentive. The balance of the money goes for land and animals.

  • Patty April 5, 2015, 8:52 pm

    Love it!!! It’s exactly what I want, but in the woods. I always felt a bedroom was such a waste of space. I am all in for the open floor plan with a Murphy Bed. I live in a 750 sqft house now, and we never use the living room, unless we are having a cocktail party. 400 sqft is perfect for two and a 30 lbs cat…. Lol

  • Emily July 9, 2015, 6:42 pm

    Does anyone know how much this costs to build (approximately)?

  • jamie August 5, 2015, 11:17 am

    i’d love to know the cost. And, is there a drawn floor plan? id love to build this as a guest space on my property. LOVE IT!

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