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861 Sq. Ft. Mediterranean Garden Cottage

Here’s a 861 sq. ft. Mediterranean garden cottage. This cute small cottage has a beautiful garden terrace with large French doors and plenty of windows.

The home consists of one large room that combines the living, dining and kitchen. There is one bathroom that’s next to the stairs.

Up the stairs is the open sleeping loft. I like how you can see the whole house from up there.

But don’t you think there is plenty of space for either a bigger loft or two lofts?

Please enjoy and share below.

861 Sq. Ft. Mediterranean Garden Cottage

861 sq ft Mediterranean Garden Cottage

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outside garden cottage

interior view of small house

small house kitchen

bathroom

stairs to sleeping loft

living area inside garden cottage

interior of small house

sleeping loft

small cottage loft

garden cottage with loft

garden cottage

Mediterranean Cottage

back side view of cottage

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  • Lake Lili June 23, 2015, 8:25 am

    Has great potential… but should you need another bedroom, are the rafters shown strong enough to support additional flooring?

  • Mike June 23, 2015, 8:37 am

    The owner has a great sense of style. I really like the bath, despite the spartan approach. Just seems easy to address.

  • Cahow June 23, 2015, 10:53 am

    I’m very keen on a Great Room but NOT a fan of the GREAT home, meaning only ONE single door to the loo for privacy! Unless you and your S.O. are as quiet as monks, having NO ability to keep noise/odors from the study, kitchen, dining room or lounge away from the bedroom is a PITA!!!

    I know; we had that arrangement in our first holiday home decades ago. The cabin had virtually this identical floor plan except the bedroom loft went the length of the main floor, not the width. One of us would be taking a nap upstairs until the cooking odors of frying onions/garlic or fish would rudely awaken the sleeping denizen from their slumber. Or, one of us would want to watch the telly while the other wanted to cozy up by the fire on a Baltic-like Winter night so the telly watcher was forced to wear headphones. Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mind you, that was with TWO people occupying the cabin; when we had all the kith and kin around (up to 8 kids and adults), it was a mad house and you were forced to escape the confines of the cabin just to clear your head and think!

    At least that’s our experience. If you don’t mind a cacophony of noise about you, have at it. LOL

  • MMSDave June 23, 2015, 11:10 am

    With open stairs like that, no matter how tidy you are, you will always get junk on the cabinets below.

  • Nita June 23, 2015, 11:25 am

    I love it, I just want railing on those steps.

  • Karen R June 23, 2015, 11:31 am

    Ready to move in . . .

  • gale June 23, 2015, 12:37 pm

    Really beautiful. I would stay with 1 bedroom area to keep that open feeling and discourage guests:)

  • Dominick Bundy June 23, 2015, 12:43 pm

    861 sq. ft. is way way too big to be consider tiny.. of any sorts. My house is 800 sq. ft. with 2 bedrooms. . And I could do with far less. I don’t need or use all this space I have anyway..( just extra space to clutter up with junk I don’t need, and try to keep tidy) But it’s all mine paid in full. and cheap taxes. So that why I hang on to it.

    • Deadrock June 23, 2015, 3:59 pm

      I don’t believe anyone said anything about “tiny.” The term used was “small.” And personally, I think it’s just about the perfect size – although more space is needed for books!

    • Dominick Bundy June 23, 2015, 4:22 pm

      Okay, I was going by what this blog is called.. that is “Tiny house Talk” not small house talk.. Anything over 400 sq. wouldn’t be very tiny. I know in the county where I live anything under 400 sq, ft. for a dwelling no permit would be allowed to build such a structure as a home, also in some places here zoning would not accept even 400 sq. ft. . it’s 1000 sq. ft or more.. that’s all..

      • Alex June 23, 2015, 6:58 pm

        No worries Dominick. We like and will continue to occasionally feature small homes to put in the small house category which we’ve had since the beginning of TinyHouseTalk! It’s so families or people who want to build families realize that you can live simply in small spaces too (not just tiny). That’s important so people with those kind of needs have smart housing options that they won’t outgrow too quickly.

    • Sue T. June 23, 2015, 9:34 pm

      Dominique, I’ve seen your critique before of houses that are “small” but not “tiny.” If you go to the top of the webpage, you’ll note that there are sections for Micro, Tiny and Small. There is nothing that says all houses on this page have to fit the Tiny mold. And what would be the limits, then? What makes you happy might be too big for one person but too small for another. The main thing is that people are looking at smaller spaces and moving away from the McMansion lifestyle.

      My main criticism of this house is the lack of a handrail on the stairs. I’ve noticed that often in European houses featured here. In fact I don’t think these stairs would pass code in the USA. I would feel very uneasy coming down those stairs.

  • Jill June 23, 2015, 4:50 pm

    I sometimes feel tiny is subjective. What is tiny for one person and the circumstances of that persons life. I have a friend with 3 kids one with medical issues and equipment this would be tiny for her family. For myself with just a son this is a bit bigger than what I want or desire.

  • Dean June 23, 2015, 7:08 pm

    Jill – That’s the wonderful thing about the Tiny House movement – It’s not defined by a specific spec, but only by the home owners wish to occupy a more efficient space than the one they currently inhabit.
    It’s almost the perfect idea, because it only warrants happiness and harmony to those who embrace it and its freedom of expression is limitless.
    Getting back to this home though, I think its wonderful.
    Nicely laid out and well appointed.
    My elders have taught me that one story is smarter than two, but I’m still young (and healthy) enough that I could seriously entertain the throught of occupying this space for many years before having to move on to something more “appropriate”.
    One thing I would like to point out is if you go back to both the 3rd and 4th pictures from the top.
    See that bar/island where the two black chairs are pulled up to?
    These sort of arrangements have confounded me in the past because their execution is a bit clumsy.
    To dine at that table, one has to lean in quite far, to eat over their plate.
    This isn’t always the most….”elegant” of solutions to feeding extra guests.
    My parents have a similar arrangement in their house (although the island is actuall a part of the kitchen counter than can also be accessed from the dining room). Their solution was to build a small fold down leaf so that one could dine more comfortably.
    It works pretty well, but the leaf covers a door that accesses the counter down below and it also covers an outlet.
    Looking at that picture, I suddenly realized a better solution might be two cut two slots in the counter, on the same side as those black stools are at, and place two large wood cutting boards in those slots.
    Each board would be 1/2 the width of the entire counter (or close to it, anyway) and the slots would be place right under the counter top, but above the doors for the cupboards.
    This way, if only one person is seated at that counter, they can just pull out the cutting board on their side and have a comfortable place to dine.
    Yet, the boards can be retracted in, allowing plenty of room to access the cupboards down below.
    I like the how the windows are arranged, too. Lets in lots of light to brighten the place up.
    Yeah, I really like this place. I’m gonna have to remember this one when I go to design my own home.

    • Jill June 23, 2015, 11:27 pm

      Exactly. As I stated tiny is subjective. I do think it is a beautiful cottage but much too big for my son and myself. It is too small for my friend and her family. I definitely added this one to my idea/concept file though because their are details I would like to see in my own tiny home.

  • Jane June 23, 2015, 7:28 pm

    Not so tiny. My bungalow in the city of St. Louis is less sq feet than this.

  • Dominick Bundy June 23, 2015, 10:30 pm

    Hi Sue T. , First my name is Dominick not Dominique, (big difference in pronunciation) I understand your point here. Thing is (I think anyway) about the tiny house movement entails more than living in a ting space. But to organize one’s life try to remain clutter free . and debt free.. Seems the bigger you go the more the costs . and the possibility of obtaining a mortgage. Then you’d be right back to where some are trying to escape from the daily rat race. Of responsibility in debts… The bigger the space the more one is apt to collect more stuff you don’t need ( I know this from experience myself) It can be so easy to get caught up in the old bad habits . that most of us are trying to get out of…But one thing for sure There is nothing wrong with these McMansions out there if that’s what some desire.. I just hope some who visit this blog to learn and compare things . Realize that less can really mean more..That’s all..

  • Elle June 23, 2015, 11:27 pm

    I agree that “tiny” is relative. I like that this newsletter features everything from car-living to small/midsize homes. It continues to be extremely helpful to me in deciding on the square footage that will suit me when I’ve sold my current home.

    The home featured here is very welcoming. I like the way the bathroom is situated. It further defines the living, dining and kitchen area (and a private little reading/sitting area off of the main living area to boot) but doesn’t take away from the open floor plan.

    Ahh, what can I say about the loft. I am a loft-lover. This one is definitely nice but given the chance I would extend it or add another. The more lofts the better -and my cats love them. 😉

    • Alex June 24, 2015, 12:50 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement Elle! Glad you’re enjoying the content here 🙂

  • Susanne June 24, 2015, 1:18 am

    When I see these larger Tiny Houses I always want one even if it’s 400-600 square feet…when compared to 200 or less…:(
    Alex, what about the cheaper yurts available (made in Oregon, for example) for 10,000, for 700 square feet? Can go smaller and cheaper of course!

  • alice h June 24, 2015, 2:00 pm

    I could live there no problem, but it’s a bit big for one person. The kitchen has more space between the counter and the oversized island than I would need but if you share cooking and prep with others it’s probably a good thing. It shouldn’t be too hard to add some sliding privacy panels to the loft area that you could use if needed. There’s enough room that you could replace the open stairs with closed ones without getting claustrophobic and a sewing studio in the second loft area would be perfect. The real draw for me is that terrace and the French doors.

  • Carlos June 25, 2015, 3:13 am

    Although beautiful I think they could have designed the space with better use of the square footage. I currently live in an 800 sqf home with two bedrooms and one bathroom, brick fireplace, living and dining room, big and open kitchen and a studio office with washer and dryer. Very comfortable and in fact I find that I don’t use some of the space at all.

  • Patricia Schneider June 29, 2015, 8:24 pm

    I really like this home. I am claustrophobic, so the micro or tiny house just doesn’t work for me, but this is perfect. I like the layout, especially the office space behind the stairs. As a retired pastor, I have lots of books, so I like the space in the office area and above the stairs for my books. However, I would put a handrail on the stairs, and if possible make the loft bigger. We have rescue cats and need places for their boxes, and for them to sleep. I also think I would utilize the space under the stairs differently—perhaps part of it could be a built-in area for our cats to sleep. Forget the chairs in front of the island. I would figure out some way to put in one of those single washer/dryer units. With those changes, it would have everything we needed. Unless, of course, Carlos wants to trade living spaces. Lol.

  • rob July 4, 2015, 9:35 pm

    sorry but the ressouce isn’t “small house addiction” it’s small spaces addiction 😉

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