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753 Sq. Ft. Cottage in Portugal’s Duoro Valley Vineyard

It’s the simplicity of this small house that draws me to share it with you. The way the space is open with no hallways maximizes the living area of the entire home.

This particular casita (translates to: cottage or small home) is home to the resident caretaker of the vineyard on the property.

It’s part of a larger renovation project soon to come. You have all the basics here: a kitchen, dining area with living space, two bedrooms and bathroom. What do you think of this simple small house?

753 Sq. Ft. Cottage in Portugal’s Duoro Valley Vineyard


Image © Jose Campos







Image © Jose Campos


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Andrea has lived simply in small spaces for more than 7 years and enjoys sharing her space saving (and space multiplying) tips from experience.

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  • Avatar Liz

    Only pictures of a kitchen? No other rooms? Looks like Jose (photographer) ought to try a different career. Unless, of course, this tiny home has no living room, no bedroom(s), bathrooms, etc.

    • Avatar PATRICIA

      The kitchen looks great but that’s about all I can tell you. Would have been nice to see the living areas, the bedrooms and the bathroom.

    • Avatar Alex

      Sorry we couldn’t get more photos for you 🙁

  • Avatar Shirlok

    Since it’s an open floor plan, the living room is right there as part of the kitchen. Put your furniture wherever and however you want. The two bedrooms are at the opposite end where all of the blue is. Look at the floor plans. It would be nice to see the bathroom.
    This looks like a huge tiny house to me! Perfect for me and the dogs.

    • Avatar Alex

      753sf is a good amount of space (especially after considering only 200 sq ft or less!)

  • Avatar alice h

    The “kitchen” is also the living and dining room. If you go to the architect site look for the Caseiros house under housing and you’ll see a spectacular photo of the valley and some more exterior shots plus one of a bedroom.

  • Avatar Cahow

    Well…..um….er…it certainly features the colour BLUE thoroughly! 😀

    • Avatar alice h

      Maybe it’s a Portuguese thing, like Swedish white only different? Or it was a heck of a deal at the hardware store.

      • Avatar Cahow

        Oh, my Lord! How you made me laugh, alice h.!!!!

        Thank YOU!!! That comment was priceless. 😀

  • Avatar Shannon

    Well large enough and high enough but with tile on the floor and such high ceiling it must echo terribly, there going to need something to quite down the sounds,maybe some throw rugs

  • Avatar Bill Deubel

    The tiles and the color blue are very traditional. Pastels are used a lot, too.

  • Avatar Susanne

    One of my least favorites.

  • I love it! The blue and white is Radiant and wow the location is glorious. Who needs more space then this for one or two people?

  • Love it! You’d need lots of built-ins for storage, though.

  • Avatar rich

    I think it is interesting that the “old world” is more accepting of modern design than the “new world”……

  • Avatar Sandy

    The floor makes me dizzy and feel ill. Love the blue though.

  • Avatar curt

    wow- first reaction not good for the wall of blue. The floor is cool and could go with a lot of different style of furnishings. This is a caretakers cottage and you could have a different person living in it every couple of years. The blue on the window frame is ok. Just that whole wall of blue- I couldn’t relax with that. I think part of my negative reaction is the house is completely empty of any type of personal furnishings. I kept wondering if I was looking at some art installation. The plans for the place looks interesting. That blue wall if they would have left it a nice grade of plywood with a clearcoat and then do a little bit of blue trim. I actually do get the humor of nailing a couple pieces of 2 x4 to the bottom of the table legs to raise the work surface of the table… yet on the table I would have kept the top a worn surface or strip it down to a natural wood and then just paint the legs with blocks of wood the blue. I also wondered about the twin peaks of the roofline- coming from a snowy cold place all I can think is the giant ice dam that would form between the peaks. I could see doing it as a rain catchment system in a warmer climate.

  • Avatar Maureen

    I love it except that it seems there is way too much unused space. We have 4 dogs and 2 cats and this would probably be a much better size for us.

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