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581 Sq. Ft. Vacation Cottage in the Netherlands’ Sand Dunes

This beautifully designed cottage is very open and spacious.

It’s a 581 sq. ft. vacation cottage in the Netherlands’ sand dunes.

I love how the living room seamlessly opens up to the outdoors providing tons of natural light to come right in.

The kitchen is part of the living area which is perfect with all the natural sunlight.

There are two compact bedrooms and bathroom with divided toilet and shower areas.

See what you think of this small vacation cottage below.

581 Sq. Ft. Vacation Cottage in the Netherlands’ Sand Dunes


Images © Chiel de Nooyer




Images © Chiel de Nooyer



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  • Avatar Joseph Varano April 2, 2015, 2:59 pm

    I don’t understand. Is it for sale? Cost? Contact info?

    – Joe

  • Avatar Cahow April 2, 2015, 3:21 pm

    Oh my goodness! As a rental vacation home, I would LOVE to stay here. As a tiny house in the woods of Michigan…NAY! The beautiful moving wall would invite every 1) mosquito; 2) chigger; 3) chipmunk; 4) bird!; 5) stray cat; and 6) resident woodchuck into the place…and then HOW would you toss the buggers OUT????

    But, in a holiday spot that is akin to Shangri-La and has NO critters, this would be lovely.

    And I am quite keen on the proper deck! Usually they are so terribly undersized that you must stay perched upon them like a Mountain Goat to prevent going Arse Over Teakettle into the fronds.

    • Avatar BrownLuster April 2, 2015, 5:02 pm

      Oh Cahow…
      How I so LOVE your comments as I know I will receive either a tear jerker full of wonderful reminiscent memories or a freakin’ hearty chuckle (all with pleasant compliments or constructive opinion might I add). ; ^}. So today this post a full-on chuckle as I literally pictured the stray cat; and resident woodchuck rolling up I the living room like “Eh…Im crashing here. Wadda got to eat?” LOLSH!! BTW…we have a resident stray cat (if you can believe that) that just plops down and perches on whomever’s front (or back porch) of his choosing! He never leaves our one block…hahaha we all take bets on who’s porch he’s gonna call home every other day! Don’t worry, he’s well fed & this family of 8 take him in during the winter & as soon as the weather breaks, so does he. He’s a rolling stone!

      Oh Thank You Cahow!! A chuckle a day is so good for the soul, I tell ya!

      As for this very attractive, innovative home, I really like it. I had to do a double take before it hit me that the door wall (I guess you can call it a door wall) opened up like an accordion! The open airiness of it kinda reminds me of Longhi’s restaurant on the Laihaina coast of Maui, Hawaii…and that to me, would be the ideal location for a home like this one. I like that idea of the living area having the ability to completely open up to nature but agree with you that this home could most certainly be enjoyed in certain locations & conditions. Just not anywhere in Michigan.
      Well… maybe Harsens Island.
      In the Summer months.
      OK, not anywhere in Michigan. Lol!

      As for the floorplan… I like it however, the only small thing I’d change is to have the bedroom door placed somewhere on the exterior wall just inslside of the washroom/bathroom area. If I had guests, I wouldn’t like my bedroom being accessible once inside the bathroom. Other than that, I’m really liking this no loft home and its unique doorway!

      I would hope maybe they could submit photos of the other side of the home + a pic or two of the bathroom & kitchen. Im sure its as unique and contemporary as the exterior!

      Thanks for this small home submission!!

      • Avatar BrownLuster April 2, 2015, 5:14 pm

        I’m still falling over in laughter at your last comment regarding I’ll proportioned decks:

        “Usually they are so terribly undersized that you must stay perched upon them like a Mountain Goat to prevent going Arse Over Teakettle into the fronds.”

        LMBO!! Consider my gut busted from laughing so hard at your description!! (^_^)

      • Avatar BrownLuster April 2, 2015, 5:23 pm

        *Note: Please forgive my misspellings…I’m using my Smartphone and the “autocorrect” feature ain’t so smart.*

      • Avatar Cahow April 2, 2015, 8:10 pm

        Ah, Bless Your Wee Cotton Socks, BrownLuster.! <3 That was such a nice comment you wrote to me about my posts. But, you're no slouch either, my friend. Many of your comments are equally thought-provoking or you'd give a comedian from the Catskill's a good run for their money! LOL I particularly enjoyed the ongoing Michigan references with THIS one taking the cake: "OK, not anywhere in Michigan. Lol!"

        We, too, share a Rolling Stone moggy, as a jet black puss of unknown origins has set up 'house' in our tiny hamlet. He arrived two years ago, made himself quite at home on the cushions of our outdoor chaise and has settled into our home and four others quite nicely. We always know that if he's not on our deck, then he's visiting Kevin, Scott, Mary or Donovan's cottages down the road apiece. We each have a different name for him, from Blackie to Puss-Puss to Trouble; he cares not what he's called and gives a good cuddle in return for some simple kibble and a bowl of water.

        And as to our Nom-Tastic Groundhog?! In ONE DAY, he dug a hole from one side of our breezeway to the other, setting up his mailing address and cable service! We weren't quite sure what impact A) the hole, or B) the woodchuck would have upon us but so far, both are fairly benign. He feasts on dropped bird seed and weeds, leaving the more floriferous and tasty items in the garden alone. But, if given half a chance to shamble about out lounge if we had the above Accordion Walls, I'm sure he and Blackie would commandeer the place and shout out, "Oy, Mates! What about a platter of sunflower seeds and a saucer of milk for my friend, here!?"

    • Avatar Jodie Dew April 2, 2015, 7:37 pm

      I love love love how you always hit the nail on the head!! I was thinking the exact same things! I also wish that they would provide sizing on bedrooms etc.
      I hope that when I am finally able to post my new build it will meet your expectations of city life…crossing my fingers u will like it. Truly, I am looking forward to your input, you know the ins and out on these things. Mine is being put on a permanent foundation as I am moving to the city. They were supposed to break ground a couple of mondays ago, but as I am learning quickly nothing happens when it is supposed to. So now we are on for Monday April 6, weather permitting….cross your fingers for me will you?

      • Avatar Cahow April 2, 2015, 8:17 pm

        Hello, dear Jodie!
        I shall not only Cross My Fingers & Toes but I’ll also send out a Builder’s Prayer to you that All Goes Well, stays UNDER budget and “comes in” under the deadline.

        I can’t wait to see your dream, realized. 😀

      • Avatar Jodie Dew April 2, 2015, 9:46 pm

        Cahow….Thank you for all the good wishes…however the budget has already taken several hits, some almost gave me a heart attack. Why why why does it take 10000 to 13000 to plumb 1 kitchen sink and 1 bath and connect to city services, and that doesn’t include the tap fees, just the plumbers bill!! all for a house that is 20×28….and the hvac is going to cost about the same…..boy have I ever received a wake up call on these….but just means have to cut back on other things….at this rate we will get moved in but it will take forever to get everything all finished up nicely.

      • Avatar BrownLuster April 3, 2015, 11:32 am

        Wow Jodie!!! CONGRATS!! (^_^)
        You are in the ideal situation & position for myself to gain inspiration & knowledge from your experiences building a TH/SH in the city on a permanent foundation, as that is precisely what I plan to do as well but I still have a long way to go. I still have a huge family home (my late Grandparents 2-family flat) that I’m so attached to (was raised there + it’s the only home I’ve ever lived in) and in order to live my dream of a tiny/small custom home, I NEED to let it go…as well as consolodate the 2 huge storage units full of thier vintage items + my items. So when I say “Wow Jodie…I’m just as excited as much as you are right now!” I truly mean it as you are an inspiration to me. So now I know that it was meant for me to find and attach myself to this blog, so that I could gain inspiration, ideas and support from you and many other people building and living in the tiny/small home movement.

        Please Jodie, could you keep this blog posted of your progress? Do you have your own personal blog that you’re posting your photos and experiences to? I hope so, as I would love to be inspired and learn from your experiences. Once again, CONGRATULATIONS JODIE!!

      • Avatar Jodie Dew April 3, 2015, 8:52 pm

        I appreciate the good wishes and I really need them today….first I found out I have electrician issues….then on my way home I drove by the site to check out where oups had marked all the utilities location yesterday….only to get there and nothing had been done! The excavaters r going to be there monday at 830….and of course it was after 5pm so I couldnt call anyone…..I dont have a blog but would love to if I knew how…I have been taking pictures from the day I bought the land to when they took the tress down…I plan do document it all….the goood the bad the ugly….I too am.living in a house I inherited from my grandparents 2 yrs ago and called home most of my life even tho I was an army brat….I know what u mean about the downsizing….every time I have moved since 1998 I downsized and got rid of a lot of stuff….my problem when I moved here…half the size of my last place…was that although I got rid of tons of stuff….I also kept most of my grandparents stuff…making me feel like this place is going to explode at the seams lol…so since half of my stuff has been stored n boxes n the basement for 2 yrs…its all going to go…no qualms…and I am only keeping a few small sentimental pieces from the main floor….I am soooo over all the stuff and the upkeep. I have put so much money into this place and still its not a drop n the bucket of what it needs….so I had a decision to make…invest the rest of my inheritence into getting this place up to snuff or build my own th/sh….I was all on board to do a th but do to health issues and limited mobility I need to be back in town and in order to do that it had to be on a perm foundation and a minimim of 20ft deep…so country girl at heart that I am I found an amish shed/garage/barn builder and fell in love with the hiloft barn with the 7ft covered front porch…a cabin basically…so thats the route I chose…they r building it in their factory then will truck the panels to the site and n 2 days I will have the completed shell…complete with windows doors roof and stairs and subfloors inside….if I can ever get the foundation in. I am gping w a crawl space as I do not want a basement for 3 reasons…with my limited mobility I cant get up n down there..2. Heating and cooling costs for a basement n 3. I dont want to become a storeall for everyone I know. Lol the 2 upstairs bedrooms r going to be 1. A bedroom and 2. A storage room for off season clothes and christmas decorations….those I cant get rid of those lol…I know I can get the grandkids to help with that stuff since their guest room will already be up there and they r all chicken shits when it comes to basements..lol since I like the gift of gab I am going to try to figure out how to do a blog…I will keep u all posted…I need all the good thoughts and prayers if so inclined that I can get please….this is sooo stressful and its just me…and the cats lol

      • Avatar Jodie Dew April 11, 2015, 2:45 am

        Well all it has been an extremely exhausting yet awesome week!! I am too tired to try to figure out another way to fill u n right now….BUT…everyones good wishes are doing the trick!! Excavator crew was in Monday. ..footers were formed Wednesday morning…passed by 9 a.m. and footers poured with extra calcium because all it has done here is rain rain rain and some more rain. Then the foundation was laid Thursday a.m..and the foundation inspection passed this afternoon…using amish crews and those people are speedy let me tell you!!! I seriously didnt expect anything to get done this week…so feeling sooooo blessed…Alpine Structures has me down for delivery and build of the barn starting on thursday!!! It takes 2 days…the first day it is all put together and the felt paper laid on the roof. ..the 2nd day is for shingles. .subfloors ans stairs…then the interior framing will get done over the weekend so I can get the framing inspection on the following Monday. ..then the electricians and plumber will start and none too soon…not sure if I told u all or not but my electricians are my high school senior daughter and her boyfriend…my daughter is also 8 months pregnant…starting to have blood pressure issues and dr said this week that if it hasnt resolved itself…which he doesnt expect to happen he will either put her on bed rest or deliver her…so I have also recruited 2 more of her classmates…they are all n the electrical trades program and will be closely supervised by a master electrician. ..their teacher mr. Mike and my best friend sheldon who knows electrical and is also doing the plumbing…so I really need her to stay healthy and keep this baby in for another 4 weeks lol…but we all know babies come when babies want to come…anyway…things are really moving now…I wish I knew how to send u pictures…of course u can always email me at [email protected] or I have posted all the pictures on facebook too lol jodiedew..please keep ur fingers toes arms n legs hair and even ur eyeballs crossed we get under roof this coming week…then it can rain all it wants…lol

  • Avatar Lisa E. April 2, 2015, 4:18 pm

    I can’t help but wonder how this moveable wall idea might play out for a THOW. It would be a design challenge, but a good one for all those who crave the outdoors.

    • Avatar BrownLuster April 2, 2015, 5:09 pm

      Lisa E,
      Maybe for a THOW if the accordion style wall was built as a porch wrap around to a door wall or double door entry way. Shoot maybe even a wrap around for a porch in general. Maybe?

      • Avatar Lisa E. April 2, 2015, 6:54 pm

        Could be, BrownLuster. If you will pardon the pun, it could open new doors for THOW designs, lol. 😉

      • Avatar BrownLuster April 3, 2015, 11:42 am

        Pun & your sharp wit appreciated Lisa E.!!

  • Avatar Tom April 2, 2015, 7:08 pm

    Although I’m not the biggest fan of modern designs there is something about this house that I like. It reminds me of a house that was near the cabin that me and my family vacationed at in northern Indiana. It reminds me of those childhood times when all I worried about was if it was going to rain and cut down on my fishing time with my Dad.

    • Avatar BrownLuster April 3, 2015, 12:02 pm

      Ahhh Tom…sounds like you had great childhood times. Fishing time and all. Your post reminds me of the fishing trips with my Granddaddy & Ma (Grandmother) that we would take in Canada for Trout and ( believe it or not) Catfish (big giant Catfish!) and the occasional snapping turtles that I kept for pets.

      Thanks for the great memories Tom!

  • Avatar Maryj April 2, 2015, 8:11 pm

    This dwelling has so much potential with 2 bedrooms. Can make alterations to doors, fill in the walls and put in std windows and door. Think 2nd bedroom door should open into lounge area so each bed gets equal free space for desk or drawers. Also frees up space for bathroom and steal some space here for main bedroom so bed can be swung around to give access to both sides if bed.

  • Avatar David Filar April 2, 2015, 9:49 pm

    I’m sorry but without a photo I don’t get why the entrance is completely enclosed? The home looks wonderful and I love the moveable glass panels. I’ll take the critters. While watching “Buying Alaska” I noticed that chimneys are run inside the home for more “free” heat.

  • Avatar Karen R April 2, 2015, 9:50 pm

    “Dunes” being the operative word, this is a fantastic WARM beach house, certainly not suited to any other topography (we’ll ohhh and ahhh at log cabins in the mountains but be aghast should someone misplace them on a sandy site). On the beach. however, this is fabulous.

    Ah, those Europeans apply so much creativity to small homes while McMansions rub roofs on our shores. May our unique tiny homes come in from banishment “off the grid” to welcomes on the beaches . . .in the mountains . . .on city lots.

  • Avatar gale April 2, 2015, 10:01 pm

    Love it. Love it. Where’s the closet?

    • Avatar kLM June 7, 2015, 4:31 pm

      It’s a holiday home at the beach, why would you need a closet? Drawes under the bed, or a suitcase slid under, should hold all the clothes needed.

  • Avatar Jane April 3, 2015, 4:37 pm

    Want one. Who is the manufacturer?

  • Avatar Celia April 4, 2015, 8:53 pm

    I love this small home design. Can you show more small home pictures? I live in CA the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) actually what we calll the East Bay (EB) I am 25 miles East of SF. My goal is to sell my home in about a 1 to 2 years and purchase 1 to 2 acress and acquire a small home. I only need about 600SF to live in. My bedroom, small kitchen, building apartment washer & dryer, full size Fridge. The stove does not need to be full size and kitchen does not need to be fullsize for I do not really cook. I am dissable was force into retirement last year. I do want to have the bedrooms upstairs because I have a queen bed and want the bedroom upstairs. I also want a small bedroom for when one of my grandchildren visit. Looking at these small homes gives me an idea of what I will need and cost. Why do I need the land? I want to get a small green house and add a nice deck to entertain family. I also have 3 younger sisters whom will need to retire eventually have nieces and nephews whom may want to resort to small living. If they like how I live and see my success, the will have a place available to them.

    The only tiny homes currently in this area are in SF. I would like to hear from the community? All your comments are welcome.

    Thank you so much.
    Celia in Hayward, CA.

  • Avatar Carolyn April 7, 2015, 2:52 pm

    Love it!! How much does this cost?

  • Avatar vee rae June 23, 2015, 12:23 pm

    Celia: I am waaaay South of you and am going to be moving into
    approx. 625 sq. ft. It’s a challenge but really exciting. I’ll be having most of what you are looking for — in my case — small bedroom and bath — small kitchen with good-sized breakfast bar — open concept living room/office (with shoji screens when necessary), plus a terrace.
    There will be a good-sized fridge, small range with vented micro above, dishwasher, & stackable washer/dryer in a small space off the kitchen. I have grandkids to entertain — so wanted the larger bfast bar/counter for them to eat, draw, etc. The terrace is a really good size and swell for enjoying outdoor space. So you certainly can do your plan. I’m really looking forward to less cleaning and maintaining and less clutter!!
    It’s challenging in a small space but one I’m so looking forward to.
    I think a deck is a marvelous idea and I would do this but I will be above a garage! Still, I can access the outdoor area around the garage to entertain friends and family. I like to think of it as my future
    “carriage house”!!! :)! Good luck to you!

  • Avatar SaturdaySportsman June 28, 2015, 10:04 pm

    I’m loving that living room that opens all the way up. Nice!

  • Avatar Gabriella April 4, 2017, 12:55 pm

    In the dinamismo dissolve boredom and the knowledge born. The changes bring to maturity in this case is clearly a provision of mature environments. Always go forward.

  • Avatar Jane April 4, 2017, 2:25 pm

    This would be easy to replicate with two shipping containers. Thanks!!!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 5, 2017, 6:59 am

      Oh good point! 🙂

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