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493 Sq. Ft. Studio Style Cottage with First Floor Bedroom

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This is a 493 sq. ft. studio style cottage with a first-floor bedroom designed by Our Town Plans.

When you go inside, you’ll find a one-level floor plan (no sleeping loft) with a bedroom, reading nook, bathroom, and kitchenette. Wouldn’t it be great to have communities with tiny homes similar to this?

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493 Sq. Ft. Studio Style Cottage with First Floor Bedroom

493 Sq. Ft. Studio Style Cottage with First Floor Bedroom

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  • Sharee
    October 20, 2015, 4:19 pm

    The outside is very quaint. The inside is essentially a large bedroom with en suite amenities.

  • Valerie
    October 20, 2015, 5:10 pm

    Where is the located? I love this one.

  • Emily c.
    October 20, 2015, 6:23 pm

    This little house is just adorable on the outside and very cute inside. I just don’t want people to come inside to my bedroom. If it was me living there I might use a pullout sofa or daybed sofa look to mask the bedroom feel.

    • Bill Burgess
      October 23, 2015, 11:55 am

      Emily it is not a “House”. It is Bedroom with bath…Although a very lovely one at that… I love the Blue Pine ceiling…But the Kitchen is only good for overnight…Impossible to live in full time without a support system…

  • Brian
    October 20, 2015, 6:32 pm

    Perhaps a Murphy Bed would open the area up during the day.

    • Gracie
      October 20, 2015, 11:22 pm

      I was thinking the same thing, a Murphy bed would be perfect.

      • Eric
        February 19, 2016, 1:27 am

        Unfortunately, for me, Murphy’s rules don’t work for me. Especially Murphy’s rules on beds.

  • Dominick Bundy
    October 20, 2015, 10:41 pm

    WOW! this would be absolutely perfect for me. . that front porch would be the deal closer for me.. I’d even make do with the tiny closet space… Good job. well thought out.. hope to see more tiny houses like this, without lofts..

  • MareM
    October 20, 2015, 10:45 pm

    Great attention to detail, very charming. Agree about having a convertible bed, with drawers underneath. Oh, and have you all noticed that beautiful ceiling
    ? With the subtle blues, it’s like looking up at the sky.

  • October 21, 2015, 12:04 am

    What an adorable little tiny house. Like some of the comments above I would probably get a couch that opens up. So by day I would use it as a living room and at night my bedroom. The bathroom is very charming!! I love the outside it is very quaint!! The porch is amazing!! All and all this house is a show stopper!! Thank you for sharing!! Carol Perry

  • Carole
    October 21, 2015, 4:36 am

    Beautiful. I would love to build a community like this.

  • October 21, 2015, 8:53 am

    One of the most appealing tiny house exteriors I’ve ever seen. Interior looks nicely designed too. Would love to know where this community is.

  • alice h
    October 21, 2015, 11:56 am

    It may have room for a bed but I’m not sure I’d call that an actual bedroom. It’s more of a studio layout. I would definitely use a daybed rather than have a great big bed taking up daytime space. I’m not a big fan of Murphy beds but lots of people find them just right for a situation like this. With a bit of tweaking at the bathroom end you could make a separate small bedroom fairly easily.

    • carol bee
      September 15, 2019, 2:18 pm

      in TOTAL agreement, using daybed/s.
      would switch double sink and closet.
      too much wasted space! this is a one person (+ pet?) house, nicely done

  • Venera
    October 21, 2015, 2:59 pm

    It looks great on the outside! My thoughts as I looked at the pics were “replace outside stairs with ramp”, “more railing around front porch”, “nice punch of color with the bedroom textiles”, “Still don’t know that I want my bed to be part of the main living space”, possibly some ceiling high plastic that is colored to 5 feet and clear above that, “I.m not sure from the layout is whether I could make the two sharp turns,” “while looking at the bathroom vanity: Why two sinks”,.” I’m not sure whether my wheelchair could get through the door.”. I got down to the floor plan (which is why I want to see the floor plan of the featured home) and mental tires screeched. For me I would turn the full shower toilet in to an over sized handicap friendly shower. Then would move toilet to the northern most sink. That’s workable. Then I saw the kitchen. A refrigerator and a small sink.. No! I COOK from scratch. It takes space to work on and storage for my kitchen tools.This is one of the first homes I have gotten excited about regarding usability for someone like me in a wheelchair.

  • Bill Burgess
    October 21, 2015, 4:36 pm

    Most seniors have no need to be more than 10′ from the TV to see and hear…our parts are generally used up if we have worked in any industrial type field for 30+ years..If you have a Lady/Guests in the house,1.5 baths are a minimum. Ladder Lofts are for Grand-kids and people built like Jackrabbits…A dishwasher is a sanitation tool more so than convenience for seniors…Just a few points for all the whippersnappers out there..Free to you from 4Fathoms Designs…

  • Mary J
    October 21, 2015, 11:30 pm

    very pretty tiny house and one I’d love to come home to! But take away one of the bathroom sinks, who needs two sinks in a tiny house and give yourself some decent tiny house kitchen space instead. A murphy bed in the lounge area would be a clever idea. Otherwise a real please to look at. 🙂

  • Connie Murray
    October 23, 2015, 7:32 am

    Love the cottage style of this little house! However, I would need to put a wall up to keep the bedroom private. Privacy is a big issue for most adults. So I would have to rearrange the floor plan to keep the bedroom a private sanctuary.

  • Di
    November 16, 2015, 11:26 am

    The jut-out is inefficient. A full rectangle is less time-consuming to build plus it provides more space.

    Design the interior first and situate windows thereafter. Design with furniture and traffic in mind.

    For spaciousness, face furniture towards windows.

    To avoid walking around the entire bed to get to the bathroom, try a central sliding bathroom door. This would also create a larger closet/dressing area.

    Underbed storage may eliminate the need for a closet.

    Is the tall cabinet an extra closet or entertainment center? It may be difficult for everyone to view a television that is placed to one side of a room.

    More one-story plans need to be developed for the handicapped and elderly. This overall design is not very efficient.

  • Di
    November 16, 2015, 11:34 am

    A 12′ x 12′ floor plan with a 6′ x 6′ bathroom and a 2′ x 6′ kitchen may offer more open space. Situate the kitchen and bathroom along one wall. Situate a sofabed/living area along the opposite wall.

    For further spaciousness, try arched windows, a peaked ceiling and skylights.

    A 2′ x 6′ kitchen may include an under-counter fridge, one standard-sized kitchen sink and an under-counter combination washer/dryer as found online at Compact Appliance.

    A 1′ x 1′ x 16″ triangular corner bathroom sink without a vanity may be all that is needed. Store towels and cosmetic bags on narrow shelving over a toilet.

  • sel
    February 11, 2016, 4:46 pm

    Tiny is always cute especially if the decor compliments the idea of it all….
    However, the idea of a bedrom in the living area does collide with many
    mentally. The floor plan could really use a different distribution of sorts. And note: no loft sleeping. That gets old very quickly for any age
    group. I do prefer my solution, easy and comfy.

  • February 18, 2016, 1:13 pm

    This is such a sweet tiny cottage. Wow – just love this home. I have been pinning pictures of this bathroom base cabinet for a couple of years now and actually just designed a new kitchen base cabinet very similar to yours for my new (100 yr old) tiny farm house. Thanks for the inspiration. The only thing that could make this tiny home any better (IMO) is if it were in the country on a very private piece of property definitely away from and out of sight from any sort of community. Lots of people who enjoy tiny homes also enjoy solitude.
    This is a magnificent home and it makes MUCH more sense than a real teeny tiny home such as my first one of 144 sq feet. After trying it on for size I find it to be way to tiny for full time life. Cute and cozy but just doesn’t seem as wonderful as I had expected. The size of your tiny home allows you to move about and not feel so crunched in.

  • Christina
    February 18, 2016, 1:42 pm

    I live in a studio/bachelor apt. which is significantly smaller than this but a MUCH better layout with a proper, if small, kitchen. My apt. was designed in the 1920s when people seemed to understand how to make small space work. The design featured here wastes a lot of space, to no good effect, in the bathroom. This is more like a hotel room than a tiny or small home. In fact, if I added the extra footage this design over mine, I could have a 10’x10′ bedroom.

  • Gracie
    February 19, 2016, 2:34 am

    SO many negative comments on this gorgeous little home – to those who cannot find anything positive to say, perhaps, small home living isn’t your style. This doll house runs RINGS around most I’ve seen.

  • Maria
    February 19, 2016, 7:45 am

    Would love to see more pictures of this home. Kitchen both sides,the view from closet wall showing the front space. Would like to see how much room by front door. I would remove on sink and put stacked washer/dryer.

  • Nancy
    February 26, 2016, 9:32 am

    Adorable guest house, love the exterior.

  • Bc
    February 26, 2016, 1:15 pm

    How much do these tiny houses cost to build?

  • Robert Ballantyne
    May 24, 2016, 10:24 am

    We are looking into small and tiny houses could e-mail more information and flore plans or mail it to PO Box 264 Laconia NH 03247

  • Dick
    June 20, 2016, 10:19 pm

    The exterior is GREAT! The fourth pic from the top reminds me of when motels were more a group of cottages. The problem is, as others have said, that the interior spells “motel room”, not “home”. The bed dominates the room. Maybe a Murphy bed might work, but I’d want more living space. I wonder if this is designed to be more of a guest house than a permanent dwelling/tiny home.

    That said, I still like it, if the interior were to be redone. Give me a living area, a better kitchen (my wife loves to cook, and after 37 years of marriage, my waistline bears witness to her abilities), and a bedroom. I like the arrangement of the bath in this home. The exterior has that older-home look that automatically draws my eye–good curb appeal, as someone said above.

    Another image kept pecking at my mind like a pesky woodpecker as I was writing this–and I just found it. Jay Shafer’s Small House Book has pictures of Third Street Cottages on Whidbey Island, Washington, Trinity Park, MA, and a San Francisco bungalow court. Unfortunately I can’t grab and post the images from the book’s PDF file, but they’re on pp 57, 58, 62 and 63 of the book–and they remind me of the pic I referenced in my first paragraph. Would love to live in a community like that, and that group of homes pictured in this post could be just such a community.

  • Melissa
    June 22, 2016, 3:21 pm

    The outdide is charming. A very nice community. 418 Sq ft. on the main floor should allow a proper bedroom and possibly a small tub if the layout was changed, which would be my preference.

  • Liana Schaefer
    June 22, 2016, 4:36 pm

    Murphy beds would allow slot of extra living space??? 🙂

  • Andrew Muench
    March 25, 2017, 10:46 am

    This is one of the most attractive Tiny Homes I have ever seen !!!!….how much does it cost ?….Who , where can I buy one from ?

    • Bill Burgess
      March 25, 2017, 2:57 pm

      Imagine on slab foundations with no stairs for Seniors community homes…Although I love the style, I am not sure one of my 4Fathoms Designs of the same Square footage with W/D, Full Kitchen, 1.5 bath, D/W , on demand H/W, Master Suite and L.E.D. lighting might not be more flexible…Plus mine could be factory made, trucked to site and “Pitted” for a no steps entry…and a loft if desired…Not to worry…None of the eleven Factories and Dealer lots I have visited and presented the plans to have opted to build one…

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 27, 2017, 8:28 am

      Here are the plans: http://ourtownplans.com/plans/bunkies-and-guest-houses/228-pendleton-road The cost to build would depend on your builder 🙂

  • Doreen
    August 19, 2017, 11:00 am

    Super cute, but I think they sacrificed kitchen space for the area with the bathroom sinks (unless there is more to either space than the photos show). But I do like it.

  • Otessa Regina Compton
    August 19, 2017, 1:37 pm


  • Ellen McCann
    August 19, 2017, 4:07 pm

    Very very nice!! Looks very easy to live in for one person or a couple. Also a dog and a cat! Has that cozy country vibe. Pretty! WHere is this place?

  • JB Silver
    August 23, 2018, 12:38 pm

    I think for a person who wants to live tiny; these houses would be great. Most people I know of who have gone tiny have no intentions of actually moving their homes from place to place. I’ve come to realize I do prefer a small house on a foundation. I think these homes are more than adequately designed for anyone looking to down size. I also see the possibility of modifications for the disabled and those who want to live off the GRID. Thank you for this article.

  • August 23, 2018, 2:05 pm

    Just a note. I have updated my web page and am continually adding design ideas to it. I would like to solicit ideas for how to create a steam punk motif on a specific plan for my Park Model RV book series. Some of these ideas show a direction for clean lines and usable appliances. I have never understood why builders of small spaces used full depth fridges….LG has a great little cabinet depth unit with bottom freezer for less than $1000 and it’s only 23″ wide.

  • August 23, 2018, 2:11 pm

    One more thing of note. When the Whidbey Island community was designed and built a Zoning Variance was given as the project was being designed for Seniors…Of course after constructed the majority were Yuppie Purchases…I am probably one of the few of your readers who toured the property prior to sales in their initial open house….We flew down from Alaska just for the occasion….

  • Louise Gray
    September 16, 2019, 4:31 pm

    In one of the photos, it looks like it is in a village of similar house. A community of tiny houses which I love the idea of!

  • Evening Iris
    September 16, 2019, 7:03 pm

    This looks like a good place for a Murphy bed with a drop down table and side closets. The outside is wonderful; love it. But the inside needs some tweaking. I’d also use tambour doors on the undersink closets; hate cloth; it’s the quintessential poverty statement.

  • maria
    September 17, 2019, 7:23 am

    Where is this community located?

  • Eugenia Briscoe
    October 31, 2020, 5:11 pm

    Sorry but this space appears to be a bit backwards. I think the bathroom was allowed to much space. and that area could have been used for both the bathroom and kitchen area. Closet and storage could have been where the bath room is. This way the plumbing would be in one area of the house. One could still have a sleeping area and a living space. I don’t like the idea of someone using my bed to sit on. People will just because its right there in the middle of everything. Chairs or no chairs. I also think the kitchen is cramped. I don’t think this is a good place for older people or people with ambulatory issues. Hence the lay out and the stairs. Its cute. But not a practical design for older individuals.

    • James D.
      October 31, 2020, 7:33 pm

      It’s intended as a Bungalow or Guest House, primarily for vacation usage and not as a full time residence, which this style is reminiscent of the time these types of homes were most popular back between 1900 and 1918… The company who sells the plans caters to maintaining traditional/historic design styles of architecture for those who appreciate it…

      Modifications can of course be made by whoever buys the plans and has the home built, or you can check out one of their other plans for different types of homes, most of the others being for more full time use and have very different floor plans…

  • Bev
    July 4, 2021, 4:26 pm

    For all those wanting a separate bedroom just scroll to the next model that is approx. 50 sq ft larger and is more of an independent living space for one person. This one is far more charming re detail and would make a great guest cottage that could accommodate 2.
    The outside looks very similar to the Katrina Cottage which was designed after the hurricane and I believe won a design award.

  • Tiffany
    April 25, 2022, 1:10 pm

    What is the exterior color name of this tiny green cottage!? Adorable

    • Angelica
      August 7, 2022, 4:35 pm

      I have the same question!

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