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Cedrus Cottage SMALL HOME Plans: 945 Sq. Ft.


Here’s another new small home design by Small House Catalog called “Cedrus.” It gives you about twice the living space of even your largest tiny home, but keeps everything on one floor for accessibility.

There are two bedrooms — one larger, one smaller — with two adjacent bathrooms. The other half of the L-shaped home is dedicated to the galley kitchen and expansive great room with high ceilings. Could you live here?

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Two Beds, Two Baths & Amazing Great Room Home Layout

The kitchen spans the back wall, and there’s room for dining as well.

Then there’s living space on the other side.

Here’s a quick run-down of the layout.

Details:

  • Rustic-modern shed roof house
  • Covered engawa style deck
  • Large windows
  • Contemporary kitchen design
  • Concrete floors
  • Super-insulation options
  • 2 bedroom
  • 2 baths
  • 945 sq. ft.
  • Width: 40’-0” (irregular)
  • Length: 40’-0” (irregular)
  • Height: 14’-0” +/-
  • Wall height: Sloped to 11’-0”
  • 2×6 R-21 + walls
  • Trussed R-49 + roof
  • Insulated slab foundation
  • Mini-split heating & cooling
  • Tankless water heating
  • Wood or gas fireplace optional
  • International Residential Code compliant

What’s Included

  • Instant PDF download
  • License to build one house
  • Plans are delivered as immediate PDF downloads and are ready to submit for permitting and construction anywhere in the US or Canada. Additional information and/or engineering may be required in specific zip codes, check with your local building department. Plans include license to build one house.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • ronn
    March 11, 2022, 6:30 am

    love it love it love it!

  • March 11, 2022, 9:46 am

    Love all the windows!

    • Ray
      March 11, 2022, 2:17 pm

      I like that a floor plan is provided. I had almost unsubscribed from your newsletter because floor plans were rarely included. Thank you.

  • Sharon Deane
    March 11, 2022, 12:22 pm

    I like the look of it, but I would want more kitchen counter space and an actual utility room (not just a washer and dryer in a closet) in a house of that size. Chacun a son gout, as they say.

    • Eric
      May 2, 2022, 5:05 pm

      Well you got me there… had to use Mr Google to find out what that meant.

  • Sue Roberson
    March 13, 2022, 1:57 pm

    This is very nice & looks like modifications wouldn’t be difficult. I like this a lot!

  • Flo Rothacker
    March 13, 2022, 5:24 pm

    Where are the bedroom closets? Like it very much crept for no storage space.

    • James D.
      March 14, 2022, 8:25 pm

      You can see the whole layout in the floor plan. The master bedroom has a double closet that covers the whole far wall. There’s also a coat closet, linen closet and a nook… Only the secondary bedroom has no closet but that doesn’t mean there’s no storage.

      Besides, the rest of the home with the coat closet, etc. You can have a storage bed, dressers, a Wardrobe or Armoire, etc. There’s even storage beds you can get that raise up and function like a walk in closet. So a lot just depends on how you use the space and what furniture options you choose.

      • Natalie C. McKee
        March 15, 2022, 9:04 am

        We took out our closet in our small home to make room for a second bathroom. We added a couple of wardrobes and I love it! Really forces you to own fewer clothes when you have to fit them in a single piece of furniture. And I can see everything in a way I never could in even a smaller closet.

        • Eric
          May 2, 2022, 5:07 pm

          Oh, so that’s where my wife gets all her clothes from… 🤣

  • robin
    March 13, 2022, 8:34 pm

    The one room that you are calling a bedroom has no closet in it I thought you had to have a closet in the room in order to say it is a bedroom

    • James D.
      March 14, 2022, 8:12 pm

      The short answer… No, it’s not an actual requirement. The IRC only covers details like the room should have at least 70 square feet to be considered as a bedroom, the ceiling height from the floor should be at least 7 feet, there must two exit points either in the form of window or door, etc.

      Though, every municipality may modify the codes for their specific area and have requirements other places won’t. So that’s not to say there’s no such reference anywhere but for most of the country and the world, it’s just something that’s really your choice that people can prefer to have for convenience and organization.

      But also keep in mind closets aren’t the only means of storage, the use of closets only really goes back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Prior to that people primarily used furniture like Armoires, Wardrobes, etc. and before then various forms of chests, baskets, and other storage solutions. So there’s many different ways to store cloths and some people can prefer those other options as well as prefer different locations.

      Like some people prefer to get dressed in the bathroom or have an actual designated dressing room, among other optional arrangements.

      So there’s what you may be used to but also a whole world of other options…

  • Jean Briggs
    May 2, 2022, 10:16 pm

    People are making comments about the house, so obviously they can see it. Other things on the internet aren’t, but for some reason much of this home is too dark for me to see.

  • Donna Rae
    May 3, 2022, 2:11 pm

    Nicely done! Very livable as is but I can see a couple of modifications that might make it a bit more convenient. The kitchen, though not terrible, misses the opportunity to be fabulous by only being along one wall. I would love to see a corner cabinet with a carousel insert at each end to increase the counter space and add huge amounts of storage. I would imagine that would require the windows adjacent to the kitchen be just a tad smaller but not by much. The refrigerator could be moved to line up with the edge of the window so the corner cabinet could fit where it was. I have always been puzzled by designers ignoring corner cabinets in small houses when it is so often dead space. Very impractical when storage is at a premium. The other modification would be to have a shower/tub combination and free up more possible storage space in the bathroom. I know many like having them separate but again, it seems impractical especially when the tub/shower combination is typically accepted by most people as being normal and ok. Just those few minor adjustments and this place would be near perfect! Even as is, I would find it a pleasant home so kudos to the designers! And I hope my suggestions, meant as food for thought, aren’t taken as an insult.

    • James D.
      May 3, 2022, 5:37 pm

      Good suggestions…

      Just note, according to the floor plan both bathrooms are using a bathtub/shower, they’re not separate, and that’s a Linen closet next to the bathtub/shower in the main bathroom. Also, on the deck side, that’s not a window but a sliding wall/patio doors that can be fully open to connect the outdoors to the living space…

      While you’ll have to move the fridge and range further to not block access to those corners. Otherwise, you’d need more than a carousel to access that space… There is hardware you can get to allow access from the adjoining cabinet that essentially lets you pull everything out to that side and then slide it back when done but the carousel only works if you can reach into that corner. So would need enough of a corner extension to provide that corner opening…

      Corners just pose an inherent efficiency and usage problem, as they’re more difficult to access and solutions like carousels don’t provide full utilization of the entire space. Along with higher costs to make it more functional means there’s diminishing returns on the investment but of course opinions will vary on the actual threshold and what the return is worth.

      While there’s often other things you could put into the corners that would otherwise take space elsewhere. Like it’s often a good place to put the water heater, for example or you could set it up as a trash bin that you access from the exterior. So you never have to drag the trash bag through the home as you dispose of it. Among other ways to use those corners besides storage that some may consider have better trade offs/compromises.

      There’s of course always options but priorities are often not singular and space usage may conflict with other things like having sufficient clothing storage or living space or specific functionality or need the home must serve. But it’s definitely a consideration to utilize the corners for more than appliances in this layout…

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