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Grandmother Moves to 610 Sq. Ft. Cottage to Simplify Family

Right now I’d like to show you this 610 sq. ft. cottage by New Avenue Homes and tell you the story behind it.


When the homeowner’s daughter and her family were in need of a change she invited them to move in to her larger main house since they’re a growing family with two children.

This way, grandma can see her grandkids every day without having to drive anywhere, and she can live simply in a 610 sq. ft. cottage with less maintenance.

I see it as a total win-win because her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren get to be nearby. And they can share the costs associated with the entire property since they’re on a shared lot. It simplifies all of their lives.

As for the 610 sq. ft. cottage, it has a two bedroom design (one room is used as an office), kitchen, living area, and bathroom. To me this story is important because we don’t always have to go the extreme of a ‘tiny’ house to enjoy the benefits of a simple life. Please enjoy, talk about it in the comments, and re-share below.

Grandmother Moves to Small Cottage to Simplify Family Life

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Alex

Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!




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  • Comet October 3, 2014, 1:10 pm

    I LOVE this! With a (very) few tweaks I could def live here!!!

    And I LOVE that this person has STUFF—that no one tried to make these pics look like some sterile hospital room—we all know we NEED stuff—and the pics of-say-the paper towels on the washer—this IS how we REALLY live!

    Good for Granny!!!!!

    • Alex October 3, 2014, 3:22 pm

      Thanks Comet! Great point. I like that too. It’s very realistic, isn’t it

  • Martha October 3, 2014, 2:21 pm

    I like the house very much and could easily live in it. It is every bit as big as a small apartment that I have rented, and one person could live comfortably here.

    • Alex October 3, 2014, 3:23 pm

      Thanks Martha! I think even more than one could comfortably live here but great for someone who still wants some indoor walking space and ability to work in the extra room as an office, hobby room, or whatever.

  • alice h October 3, 2014, 2:30 pm

    It’s not always necessary to have a separate building. Our 4 generational, 6 person family bought a single family home and carved out 3 separate living spaces from the ridiculously large place. Everybody has enough room and we all benefit from sharing resources. I get to be available to care for grandkids and my mom, my mom doesn’t have to go to a senior living facility and the grandkids have plenty of opportunity to learn stuff from the “oldies”. Also handy when you’re out of eggs or milk, somebody’s bound to have some you can borrow. Though we each have our private indoor and outdoor spaces we can get to each others’ places indoors and share a large yard.

    • Alex October 3, 2014, 3:24 pm

      That sounds pretty awesome, Alice! Thanks for sharing!

    • Paul December 10, 2014, 10:50 pm

      Alice H, perhaps you could send in pics of how you have done this… pretty hard to visualise on what you’ve said. This could be an option me and my family could utilise.

      • alice h December 11, 2014, 2:08 pm

        It took a while to find a place that would work without major renovations but we found one with enough bathrooms and expandable plumbing for kitchens and a layout that was easy to block off 3 separate areas. Essentially we had to add a couple of new walls and doorways to break up the space and add two new kitchens. It breaks down to a large basement room with ensuite and separate entrance for me, that also has a door into the rest of the basement with shared laundry. We added a kitchen to the big room to make a studio apartment. The main floor of the house has one entry hall with a door on the left at ground level leading into the original living room with two bedrooms and bath down a hall and another room that was made into a kitchen for my parents. Up a short flight of stairs from the main entry is a door leading to the original kitchen and dining room (now a kitchen/family room) which my son and his family use along with the second floor bedrooms and bathroom. Both upper apartments have doors that open to the basement stairs so we can all connect without having to go outside. The stairs going down from my son’s area to the basement used to connect with a small hallway going to my parents’ area so that’s where we separated their two apartments and that’s where we all connect, at the top of the basement stairs. Hope that makes sense.

        Everything was done with permits and to code with a plumber and electrician but the carpentry work was done by family and friends.

  • Athena October 3, 2014, 7:00 pm

    Okay, it’s official–I’m old. This “house in the back yard for Mom to live in” is as old as the Victorian era…literally. Minneapolis/St Paul is lousy with em’. They’re a great thing to rent, too; you’re not paying for space you don’t need/won’t use.

  • Mame October 6, 2014, 6:25 pm

    A terrific small home! I believe for my purposes, being just one person, I would prefer to move the kitchen to the office space and, as an open concept, set the ‘office’ up in the area of the present kitchen; it would be less choppy. Space-wise, there appears to be plenty for full-time living. If two were living there then I could easily see that a separate office space would almost be necessary to allow each person some personal space from time to time and cut noise level while working on paperwork, etc. Otherwise, it’s a beautiful small home with everything there to accommodate independent living for senior, with the idea of help available in the main house when required 🙂

  • Sonia Munson April 22, 2015, 7:16 pm

    This is indeed great and I would love it too…but with the zoning laws rarely can two houses occupy one piece of land where I have lived…it’s even difficult to buy property that already has two houses on it…banks don’t want the risk.

  • Barbara Alden January 4, 2016, 11:33 pm

    How does one open the refrigerator with the table and chairs in front of it?

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