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Simple Living in 600 SF Cottage: 8 Years Later And They Still Love It

More than 8 years ago this husband and wife (and their two cats) chose to downsize into a 600 sq. ft. cottage.

They admit that they’ve had a few challenging moments but they appreciate even more the lessons that simple living has taught them.

When we get ourselves to start simplifying, we really start to get to know what it is we truly need and appreciate most in life.

And this goes to show you that tiny living, simple living, minimalism, or whatever we want to call it, isn’t a “one size fits all” kind of thing.

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Image: YouTube/Ron Corl Design Ltd

In other words, you don’t have to go to as small as 200 sq. ft. with your family to enjoy the benefits of simplifying your life.

I encourage you to enjoy the video tours of their mortgage-free cottage below:

And while you watch, begin to think about how you want to create your own version of a simpler life (maybe with a tiny house, cottage, cabin, apartment, studio, yurt, RV, etc.) and consider sharing your ideas in the comments below.

Simple Living in 600 Sq. Ft. Cabin

Most of the materials they used to build the cabin were bought at flea markets, auctions, and antique stores.

Some of the materials were bought on sale at home improvement stores but everything was gathered over the course of a few years to eventually build their cottage/cabin.

Check out the inside below:

Interior of the Cottage/Cabin Video Part 1

Interior Video Part 2

And I’m curious, how do you see yourself (and your family, spouse, significant other, etc.) living the simple life?

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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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  • Fran January 20, 2014, 5:37 pm

    I love the cabin and really love the all the unique items and reuse of old wood. It is beautifully and very creative, especially the bedroom areas.

    If I could get something like this to live in I would live out my days happily!

    • Susan Faith Corl February 22, 2014, 1:19 pm

      Hi, Fran.
      It is certainly not perfect, and we often take it for granted. But on days like today, when the sun is shining through the windows, I fall in love again with my little house. I always loved little, cottage-style houses. In fact, when I was little, I wanted to live in the little house that Rudolf and his friends stay in on the Island of Misfit Toys : ) That’s what Ron used as his inspiration. I hope you find your little house someday!

      Best wishes,
      Susan

      • cori warner May 9, 2014, 7:21 pm

        Im new to the idea of a tiny house. I dknt want to live “off the grid”, and Im playing aroind with a tiny plan that would be at home in a traditional neighborhood (long and shallow). The idea of a paid foe house and tiny bills ia VERY appealing. and would let us travel and other things!

  • Pamela January 20, 2014, 6:16 pm

    Do we have anything that shows the layout? The build? Are we off the grid? Thanks

    • kevin January 21, 2014, 1:54 am

      You are so right about needing wanting more information on the lay outs and functions of the homes.

      • Alex Pino January 21, 2014, 12:22 pm

        I’ll get on it guys. More floor plans, furniture designs, etc. coming.

    • Susan Faith Corl February 22, 2014, 1:24 pm

      Ron would be the one to show the floor plan. I can tell you, though, that he set out to build the house like a piece of furniture. There were a lot of lessons learned, but I think he did a fabulous job incorporating the odds and ends we had gathered throughout the years. You are welcome to email me if you want more information, and I will have him respond.

      • Susan Faith Corl February 22, 2014, 1:35 pm

        Pamela,
        We intended to be off the grid when we moved here, but our circumstances changed a bit. We still have electricity, but we have a composting toilet and gray water system.

  • Princess Mom January 20, 2014, 7:32 pm

    I’d love to see a floorplan.

  • kim January 21, 2014, 10:15 am

    I would love to see the floor plan too!!!

  • Ida January 30, 2014, 4:13 am

    What a little jewel you have created for yourselves from your love! Bravo!

    • Susan Faith Corl February 22, 2014, 1:31 pm

      Thank you Ida! There are days when I wish we had a guest room and another bath, but for the most part I really love it. I especially love the low heating and utility bills. We don’t have mortgage, so our bills are very few. We have had some help from family with the land, but the house was all us. We looked for used materials, and Ron built the whole house, except the roof shingles–he is afraid of heights : ) That brought he cost of the house down substantially. I can’t imagine living any other way!

  • Susan Faith Corl February 22, 2014, 1:46 pm
  • Doc May 9, 2014, 6:51 pm

    Love everything except the abacus headboard. When I lay there with my true love I don’t want to have to do math! πŸ™‚

  • Chel May 10, 2014, 9:01 am

    I really like the design of this. A real home, not just a house. Plenty of nooks and crannies to use imaginatively and peepholes to see another part, even if you have to be a cat to use them. πŸ™‚
    Not so sure about the abacus but like the simple barrier it creates to allow a view down and the heat to rise. Great decorating ideas.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Gigi April 24, 2016, 3:39 am

    WOW! I could live here forever.

  • Peter Piper April 24, 2016, 10:32 am

    The first video says 450 sq. ft., but the text above the video says 600 sq. ft. ?????????

  • Crystal April 26, 2016, 7:41 pm

    Beautiful! Looks like West Virginia hills! What state are you in?

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