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400 Sq. Ft. Collector’s Garden Cottage

One of our readers, Karen Rogers, submitted photos of her 400 sq. ft. garden cottage. Karen and her husband are collectors and grandparents who love displaying antiques and their grandson’s artwork around their home.

Let’s take a look inside this cozy little garden cottage. As you walk up the steps you enter a covered porch, which is perfect for afternoon tea time. Once inside, you are in the living room that has all kinds of collectibles around.

As you make your way through the living room you enter the spacious kitchen which features full size appliances. I bet there’s some great home cooking that goes on in here! The bathroom looks to be just beyond the kitchen.

Going back out of the kitchen you’ll see there is a small tucked away staircase off to the right side that looks to go up to a sleeping loft. Please enjoy and re-share below. Thank you!

400 Sq. Ft. Collector’s Garden Cottage


Images © Karen Rogers

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Images © Karen Rogers

A big thank you to Karen Rogers for sharing her 400 sq. ft. cottage with us!

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  • Cahow
    July 14, 2015, 8:34 am

    Completely OFF TOPIC:

    WHAT is going on with the “Closed Comments” on 2 of the 3 latest blog postings?????

    Will this be the New Norm, HERE???

    • Marcy
      July 14, 2015, 9:18 am

      I was wondering that, too.

    • Sally
      July 14, 2015, 11:28 am

      Same here. Love that double-decker V house, very 70s, but can’t comment? Are we getting too abrasive again, or is it at the request of the poster, per YouTube, where comments are closed?

    • Comet
      July 14, 2015, 1:07 pm

      Thank you I tried yest to comment on the Tiny Pull Behind Travel Trailer while using my smart phone–which I don’t think I have ever done before—and I saw that. Meant to comment today but came here first–yeah; that IS disheartening—esp after what seemed to be only a few hours if that of open comments. ALEX—Whats the story!!!!

      • Alex
        July 14, 2015, 1:43 pm

        Whew! Thanks for letting me know Comet. Completely did not mean to do that! Just fixed it.

    • Alex
      July 14, 2015, 1:41 pm

      I didn’t even notice that! It was a mistake I didn’t even know I made. Fixing it now….

    • Alex
      July 14, 2015, 1:44 pm

      Hey Cahow, glad you brought this to my attention, fixed it!

    • Lynnette
      July 14, 2015, 6:55 pm

      Me too.. I even found & copied a great link to pit in my comments on one and comments were closed. We love to blab blab you all should know this by now 😀

  • Marcy
    July 14, 2015, 9:19 am

    Now, about this charming cottage. Can I have one please?

  • Liz
    July 14, 2015, 9:39 am

    Looks like more pictures of knick-knacks than it does the house. I didn’t think looking at Tiny Homes included looking at someone’s household goods rather than the home itself.

    • Doris
      July 14, 2015, 10:16 am

      I was going to get on my high horse again about individuals censoring what’s appropriate on this newsletter, but it IS hard to see the house, which looks cute as heck, somewhere under all the stuff. I’m all for personalization (to each their own taste), but would rather see more of the house and fewer things to bump onto. (Is that a loft behind the quilts?) I believe this is a park model??

      • Alex
        July 14, 2015, 1:54 pm

        Yes pretty sure it’s a Park Model 🙂

  • Courtney
    July 14, 2015, 10:06 am

    I really like the actual set of stairs in this house. With arthritis it is hard to use a ladder but stairs are less of a pain. Very cute.

  • Dana
    July 14, 2015, 10:28 am

    Please remember that this is someone’s home they have shared with us. Don’t expect them to remove their personal belongings so you can get a better look.

    • Sgmaps
      July 14, 2015, 2:43 pm

      I agree totally, we must remember that they are showing us their tiny home/cottage out of the goodness of their hearts, they are not listing it for sale. I have always had an issue about real estate wanting you to remove all your personal belongings & staging it (with(what I call fake furniture) When we bought/sold our home 40 yrs ago, all that was required that it was clean & tidy with no clutter. That does not mean personal memorabilia in my mind unless it is really weird items.

    • Andrea Hardy
      July 14, 2015, 8:28 pm

      true, lol

  • Karen R
    July 14, 2015, 10:30 am

    Sorry, folks, but Alex and I were talking about the fact that so many people think they have to give up everything to go small, and I sent him photos to show him I didn’t.
    By the way, there is a shower bath and then a half bath off the downstairs bedroom. The floor plan has been featured previously.
    My husband has MS but doesn’t “bump into” anything . . .there is plenty of space.

    • Doris
      July 14, 2015, 11:55 am

      No offense intended, Karen R. I had a few strokes last year, which only added to my blunt form of communication. I appreciate people opening their homes to us, and enduring the comments. It would take two weeks of cleaning and decluttering before my house would ever be ready for a photo-shoot. I also enjoy collectibles, from Occupied Japan to tin-types. At my age, however, I have a phobia about falling, and work to keep enough clearance around things. (The local EMTs tell me they still have nightmares about getting me out of here without breaking something.)
      Perhaps it’s the close-up camera angle that creates an impression of no spare room. I would like to see how your collections relate to the house.
      I hardly remember last week, much less floor plans posted a while back, so perhaps you could add them to this post for the inquiring minds? It looks like a darling house.

    • Sondra
      July 14, 2015, 12:08 pm

      I love your house it’s adorable, don’t listen to the negatives, always seems like the same people. I don’t want to pare down either, glad you could keep all your chachkies 😉

      • Karen R
        July 14, 2015, 12:32 pm

        These antiques are our “savings account” and have come in handy when paying for college and wedding expenses for our daughters. I have prepared meals for a dozen people, by the way, and they all found a place to sit.
        I personally find minimalist and modern sterile, but I appreciate that others find it calming. I prefer lively and warm, antique baskets and French pottery, quilts and graniteware make me smile.

      • Comet
        July 14, 2015, 1:15 pm

        There seems to be no REPLY link to Karen directly so I will post here–The cottage is adorable! If I had to “pare down”–and we are doing this now!!!—it would take MONTHS of decision making and packing and donating and selling. And in the end I would not be anywheres NEAR minimal or sterile–and I could not live like that anyways. We are starting to get shed of stuff because we will be moving in the not too distant future and since becoming handicapped I cannot even sort thru this stuff on my own so need a long term plan. I too have antiques (some of which are “spoken for” and some will leave but most are family things and if we don’t move to a house right away will go to storage as we travel.

        Don’t listen to people who get all crazed if you have more than a pen in your entire house! There are plenty of sites just FOR that—this should not be only for them or only for hoarders either!

        • Alex
          July 15, 2015, 10:10 am

          Fixed the Reply link issue, you should see it now (for next time) 😀

      • Sally
        July 14, 2015, 2:09 pm

        Comet, I was in the same spot a few years ago when widowed. Rather than sell at a loss when antique prices tanked, I put things in storage when I moved to a smaller home. I wish now I had sold stuff for whatever I could get, as most of the older furniture ruined in the humidity. Instead of an investment, I had “shabby chic” that no one wanted.
        Please consider that if you can’t manage the move now for health reasons, you definitely won’t want to fool with packed storage units in a few more years.
        The things that have little value (compared to 1990 prices) and take up way too much room, like my antique quilt collection, made it through storage just fine. I just dumped the entire batch on a granddaughter-in-law, ha ha, and really don’t miss it. Prices will not recover in my lifetime, and she’ll take good care of the family pieces.
        I’m trying not to bust the walls out of my smaller place, and have pared down to a few special mementos to make room for my sewing and weaving hobbies. I decided I’m more comfortable without “stuff” having more room than I do 🙂
        Perhaps this is a good time to set yourself free, instead of putting it off? It has to be hard on your health. I bet you won’t miss most of it when you come back from your travels. Best wishes to you.

    • Alex
      July 14, 2015, 1:57 pm

      Karen thanks for sharing your home with us, we appreciate it very much!

  • Stacey
    July 14, 2015, 10:53 am

    I love the way the quilts are displayed in the house. Cute as heck! My mom quilts, which means I have aquired a lot of quilts over the years. I’ve been wondering what I’ll do with all these quilts when we go tiny?? Thank you for some great ideas!

    • Karen R
      July 14, 2015, 12:38 pm

      Contact me and I will show you my antique single board blanket chest that is filled with quilts with others stacked on top and some of my silhouettes, plus the custom floor plan. Email is [email protected].
      I don’t live in a show home, I live in a cosy museum.

      • di m
        July 15, 2015, 10:40 am

        I LOVE that line…”I don’t live in a show home, I live in a cozy museum”… perfect!
        I am a recovering self-confessed hoarder… 😉 who just moved from 1400 sq ft and 17 years of collecting…. :/ into 800 sq ft…. and LOVING it!… I was able to keep an heirloom piano and handmade dollhouse… monetary value…. very little… personal treasure – priceless… Surprised at how easy it was to “Let it Go”… with out a blizzard…
        I can say undeniably – If I can do it – ANYONE can do it!

  • Nancy h
    July 14, 2015, 12:13 pm

    Love the house. Tnx for sharing.
    Hi Cahow, I was also wondering what was going on with no comments for first two. Especially enjoy your comments

    • Alex
      July 14, 2015, 1:58 pm

      Hi Nancy, that was my mistake. Didn’t mean to turn off the comments (was an accident- didn’t double check settings after an update). But I’ve fixed it now 🙂

  • Carrie G
    July 14, 2015, 12:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I collect so many trinkets and my husband says you cannot do so in a tiny house. You have displayed that you not only can do so, you can do so in a tasteful way. Your house represents love in all possible ways, thank you.

  • Cynthia
    July 14, 2015, 1:45 pm

    I love this house! Is this based on a Park Model Design? They are 399sf. These are same as stick built with blown in foam insulation with lofts or without, etc. There is one called the Trinca that I adore and looks very similar. We have been wanting to go smaller and have been looking into Park Models and I was thrilled to here that you don’t bump around as my husband has leukemia and when he bumps into things he get large ugly bruises and it can be painful so we were afraid we were going to have to stay big but now thanks to you showing us your home I feel we might be able to do this! Just love the design, warmth and decor. Great Job!

    • Alex
      July 14, 2015, 1:59 pm

      Wow that’s great Cynthia. I’m glad that this is opening up your options. I highly recommend checking out a local RV show if you can they usually have plenty of park models on display. Or even if you find a nearby Park Model dealer that will work too. And yes I’m pretty sure this is a Park Model 🙂

    • Alex
      July 14, 2015, 2:00 pm

      And we also even have a whole category dedicated to Park Models right here if you want to explore more of them: https://tinyhousetalk.com/category/park-models-2/

    • Karen R
      July 14, 2015, 9:13 pm

      Email me for custom floor plan [email protected]

  • ~ Lesa
    July 14, 2015, 1:59 pm

    More of these models displayed would be fantastic, thank you.

  • Cynthia
    July 14, 2015, 2:13 pm

    Thanks so much Alex! We are moving back to TX as soon as my husband is put on yearly lab work which we hope is this Fall. We have visited several companies that build Park Models in East TX and have spent a week living in one to see if we even could adjust. At the time my husband was still having a lot of issues and we dismissed Park Models for the time being. Now things are a lot better and we are making plans to upsize or downsize. Thanks for the Park Model link as there are so many neat options! Appreciate your dedication to tiny homes as it truly benefits us all!

    • Alex
      July 15, 2015, 10:11 am

      Thanks Cynthia I appreciate that and I’m glad the ideas are helpful 🙂

  • Lisa E.
    July 14, 2015, 2:43 pm

    Love the vertical corner display unit. No corner shall go wasted! Great for books, too.

  • Karen R
    July 14, 2015, 4:16 pm

    My floor plan is on two of the posts to which Alex referred. I changed it to add a half bath and bay window in the bedroom and made some other changes.

  • Glema
    July 14, 2015, 4:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing your home Karen. The first thing my eyes saw was the pretty quilt over the back of the couch. Very nicely done. For anyone who wants to keep those types of things and has a few many, might want to get some space bags. They do make things shrink to space a bit for you. 🙂 Also for those who bruise easily or don’t want to get “stuck” if they fall, might consider rounding the edges of things rather than the square pointed type of building and furniture, try rounding the edges, just a bit a sanding? a little varnish? hehehe just a thought. God bless and happy trails. (plenty of mistakes so others can pick on me and not the ones who share their home 😉

  • Andrea Hardy
    July 14, 2015, 8:32 pm

    this house is all kinds of cute!

  • vee
    July 14, 2015, 9:36 pm

    Very cute! I so enjoy how different and delightful living in small
    spaces can be. Inspiring!!!

  • Nita
    July 15, 2015, 12:11 am

    This is adorable from what I can see. I’d love to see more pictures. The loft, bathroom, better shots of kitchen, shot from kitchen into living room. Does she have a link to a more thorough ‘tour’ of her home?

  • Susanne
    July 15, 2015, 1:56 am

    Very cute! Again, makes a difference having that extra square footage!

  • Nanny M
    July 15, 2015, 5:08 am

    Alex, one of the things I appreciate most about this site is the presentation of all styles, from spartan futuristic to Grandma’s attic, Bohemian gypsy artist to surfer dude, car camper to truck home, elegant sophistication to bear cave, fairy tale gnome home to tent in the forest to wherever someone’s imagination takes them. Something for everyone and so clever, creative and fun. I look forward to each day’s collection for a little hit of joy, a small peek into someone’s dream. Thank you so much!

    • Alex
      July 15, 2015, 10:13 am

      Hi Nanny, thanks so much for pointing that out, really makes me happy to read how much you’ve been enjoying what we feature here. Wishing you an amazing day! -Alex

  • July 15, 2015, 9:53 am

    I would like to see more of the house as well!

  • KLM
    July 15, 2015, 1:49 pm

    Those wanting more detail, this park model that has been presented here before, before and during their argu,ent withlocal government for zoning requirements. Go to the Park Model page and there is at least one earlier post whichincludes the floor plan.

  • Laura Davis
    July 15, 2015, 6:32 pm

    additional link … to previous / related post =).


  • Patty
    July 16, 2015, 1:14 am

    This is really cute. I like what I see. Thanks.

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