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645-square-foot Gothenburg Cottage in Sweden

This 645 sq. ft. small house with a basement is in Gothenburg, Sweden.

When you walk through the front door you’re greeted by a staircase that leads you into the main level of the house. You’ll immediately see the kitchen, living area and access to the rest of the house which includes a bathroom, wardrobe, bedroom and office corner.

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645 Sq. Ft. Small House in Gothenburg


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The bedroom, wardrobe and office are a little confusing without access to a floor plan. I figure there is only one rather large bedroom that is used as a wardrobe, bedroom, and office.

What do you think? How do you like this small house design?


Just so you know the sites listed below are foreign.

  • http://www.forfur.com/
  • http://www.svenskfast.se/
  • http://www.diakrit.com/en

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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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  • Cahow
    January 7, 2015, 2:18 pm

    What a nice “regular” house, the kind that I grew up visiting when I was a child. I can’t live without a basement: they are essential to certain lifestyles, meaning mine. LOL All the Christmas decorations go down there, change outs of clothing (Summer to Winter); our furnace and water heater, etc. PLUS, we have a storm door in addition to the regular way to gain access, so in case of tornadoes/bad storms, we can seek shelter. Plus, I have clothes lines strung up over half of the sq.ft. so that I can hang up items to air dry rather then burning up electricity with the dryer.

    The home office is a bit bigger than mine but looks very similar; I love my office and it’s big window, looking out onto bird feeders. 😀

    Nice window treatment in the lounge but WHERE’S the seating?!? Table for four but seating for TWO? I guess when you come over as a guest, it’s “Hello, Let’s Eat, Good Bye!” ~snort~ I’ve always found it very interesting when viewing a home, as to the regular seating that the residents have for themselves but equally important, what they have for guests.

    Nice house; can’t find one thing to “improve”. 😉

  • Brian
    January 7, 2015, 6:02 pm

    Wow what a nice house that would be so easy to live in. I have a small house rather than a tiny house and I feel the space in a small house is just that much more for my requirements. Thankyou so much for sharing. Wish there was a floor plan. Cheers from Australia

    • Cahow
      January 8, 2015, 9:57 am

      Hi, Brian. I visited the “Furfur” link to learn more and once I hit Google Translate, it’s all in English. Sadly, no more photos or information than what Alex shows, so no floor plan.

      What I initially thought was part of the bedroom (the photo with all the clothing), THAT is a photo of the basement…they store their clothing downstairs. Which begs the question: is the bedroom down their, too? There is NO mention of the bedroom at all on the original site.

      The last two links are for real estate companies.

      • Brian
        January 8, 2015, 2:07 pm

        Thankyou for your comments on mine Cahow. Basements are few and far between here in Australia and I personally have never had one. The comments on their usefulness fascinate me. I think I would personally prefer an extra story so that I could use the extra light this provides. Cheers from Aus.

        • Cahow
          January 8, 2015, 3:20 pm

          Cheers, mate! Nice to hear from Oz. 😀

          Ah, “Basements”…they can be SO many different things, Brian! The absolute BEST are the ones that are built into a steep slope; they are called “Walk Outs”. The very, very lucky folks had them when I was a child growing up and they were magical, to me, and still are.

          From the road and most of the side of the house, it looks to be a simple one story (or 1.5 story). But, because the foundation was built into a hill, the entire BACK of the basement is at grade level, so you literally can have MASSIVE windows and a sliding door or two back there. As I said, only the lucky ones had them when I was growing up, simply because of the site and construction costs added. But, boy o’ boy, they are Da Bee’s Knees if you have one: play outdoors, have a poured concrete patio right outside the lower level that you could party upon. BTW, “decks” suspended or otherwise didn’t exist when I was a child; nowadays, walk out basements usually have a suspended deck off of the back of the house so the walk out now has a roof over it’s head. Pluses and minuses to both approaches.

          So, if you want a basement but with LIGHT, find a hill, dig out half of it (facing South, of course) and then you have your super bright and sunny basement. 😀

  • Pat
    January 7, 2015, 9:34 pm

    Reminds me of my 500 square foot log cabin in central New York State (also with a full basement) with the main entrance in that basement. Basement is great for hot tub and stained glass business. Economical to operate, low taxes.

  • deborah
    January 8, 2015, 1:16 am

    So this is basically an almost 1300 sq. Ft. Raised ranch.

  • Janet D
    January 8, 2015, 1:50 am

    Since a basement is a must for me, I enjoy seeing smaller houses that have incorporated living space below ground! Thanks for sharing Alex and keep ’em coming.

  • jannezack
    January 8, 2015, 10:10 am

    Hmmmm.. . only 645 sq. ft.? I think not. I know in some places they don’t count basements as LIVING area, however, Most people LIVE a lot in the basement. The rooms shown (closet, office at least) appear to be in the basement. Consequently, this doubles the size of the house, although possibly not all of the basement is built out. This would make this “Small House” murch more like 1200 – 1300 sq. ft. in all fairness.

    Yes it is nicely done. It appears that the living room and the kitchen area bout 12′ square. I could totally live there with THAT closet, but it is SO MUCH SPACE! WOW, I’d never keep that clean. So I think, for me, this one fails the “Tiny House” criteria, although quite nice.

    My mother-in-law recently stayed with us for a month and my husband said, “My mother can NEVER move in with us permanently!” (A month long house guest will tax anyone’s nerves!) I promised him that I would build her a tiny house out back so that she could live there and visit us only occasionally. He has agreed… if that should ever become a real need. This would be too large for her, but I’d think that 500 sq. ft. all on one level would make for a really nice small house for her.

  • Liz
    January 8, 2015, 10:27 am

    Wow, what a nice place. I normally hate white rooms but that kitchen was just awesome, as well as the rest of the house. You just don’t need anything more than that. GREAT WORK!!! GREAT DESIGN!!!

  • Trish
    January 8, 2015, 10:29 am

    Nice house but a bit too conventional for my taste. Love the wood used and the kitchen cabinets though.

  • nonegiven
    January 9, 2015, 2:10 am

    Using logic while looking at the pictures:
    Looking at the picture of the front of the house, the window on the right, over the shed, is the office. It is the window over the rightmost part of the corner desk. The stairs going down are to the left as you enter the front door and the stairs going up are directly in front of the door. The window on the left is the kitchen.
    One of the pictures, taken from the kitchen, looks over the front door area to the office door on the opposite side. The cabinets on the left side of the office are visible through the door, as are the red books on the lower shelves. You can barely make out the doorway to the living area on the far left of that picture, directly across from the stairs. I also see attic access at the top of the same picture.
    There is a diagonal doorway out of the kitchen, it is probably at right angles to a diagonal bedroom door between the kitchen and living room.
    Looking at the picture of the rear of the house, the living area is the two windows on the left. Standing at the top of the stairs, you would probably be looking through the living room doorway, directly at the middle window at the rear of the house. The picture of the living area only showed part of the room to the right of the doorway.
    The bedroom is the single window on the right as seen from the rear. The wall between the living and bedrooms is probably centered between the middle rear window and the rightmost rear window.

    The basement window directly behind the small outdoor table and chair set is the same window in the picture of the bathroom. Blow up the front of the house picture and look closely at the curtain in the window.
    The matching curtain to the left of the toilet is covering space beneath the stair landing.
    The bathroom and wardrobe/storage area are in the basement with room left over, if it is a full basement. They didn’t show a tub or shower so the bathroom has to be even larger than it looks.
    The light coming in from the left side of the wardrobe picture, behind the large ?freezer, is probably the leftmost basement window as seen in the picture of the rear of the house. There isn’t room for the fabric covered storage system and the appliance to be between the bathroom and the other front window and it’s on the wrong side to be the other basement window in the rear.

    This house is enormous, compared to most tiny houses.
    That wardrobe area reminds me of my sister’s closet. She had it added onto the end of a large ranch style house. There is an entrance to a storm shelter in it, chests of drawers, laundry baskets, she keeps a full sized ironing board set up in the middle. They put a queen sized bed in there while they were redecorating their master bedroom.
    I could keep my house neat, too, if I had that much storage I could close the door on.

  • Cath
    February 16, 2015, 1:01 pm

    My house is around 900sqft with no basement, built in 1955, so I guess I’m enjoying the “tiny house” trend too.

  • Marcy
    February 16, 2015, 1:19 pm

    Oh, I could definitely do this house!

  • al arioli
    February 16, 2015, 2:29 pm

    this is the raised-ranch concept (a practical design) scaled down

  • Rich
    February 16, 2015, 10:50 pm

    have to chime in with the Frank Lloyd Wright philosophy (in keeping with minimalism) that basements and attics are only for those things we don’t need 😉
    My only reason for wanting a basement would be if I lived in tornado alley… or possible as a root cellar. Putting “family” rooms underground as so many do is totally unsafe without a second way out.

  • sgmaps
    February 17, 2015, 12:16 pm

    Very nicely done, much better space allocation than the 612 sf apt that my son used to live in. Essentially it’s a raised bungalow.

    February 17, 2015, 10:07 pm

    Interested in how much this home cost to build?

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