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Charming Tiny Bungalow by Creative Cottages

I’m excited to share this charming tiny bungalow with you today. It’s designed and built by Creative Cottages in Freeport, Maine. I’m not sure of the exact square footage of this home but it looks like just a one-bedroom and one bathroom with a kitchen and living room.

They call it the “Oceanside Retreat”. I could see this home somewhere in California near the beach. Ahhh… that would be nice! I’m loving this shabby chic cottage. The exposed beams throughout the home really make it feel like a beach house. And check out that cool shower. I love the way the river rock tiles flow out of the shower.

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Charming Tiny Bungalow by Creative Cottages


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  • lynn
    May 29, 2015, 9:49 am

    Oh wow! What a beautiful home this is! Totally charming, inside and out!

  • Bev
    May 29, 2015, 10:30 am

    I want this home; how beautiful in every way!

  • Carole
    May 29, 2015, 10:39 am

    I would put a murphy bed instead of the big bed, then it would be way big enough for me. Too bad the pictures do not show the loft.

    • Donna
      May 29, 2015, 10:50 am

      Actually, if you look at the “bedroom” photo again you will see that there is no loft as such, simply dormer windows, above the exposed beams, that let in more light. All of the light gives the feeling of great spaciousness.

      • Timothy
        May 29, 2015, 6:17 pm

        If you look at their website, it mentions it has a loft. There are additional (very tiny!) photos there, one of which shows, from the ground floor, a small loft above, though it’s really hard to see. That site needs much larger photos to do this house justice.

      • Timothy
        May 29, 2015, 6:22 pm

        Ah! If you look at their web site, click on ‘Our Work’, then ‘Oceanside Retreat’, then click on the photo in the slide show, then it goes full screen, and you can see larger photos. They’re in a Flash slideshow, so saving the photos out for easier perusal isn’t possible unless you’re up to doing screenshots, but at least larger photos are available. 🙂

      • Barbra
        October 23, 2017, 5:36 pm

        the website says there is a loft. it looks to be over the kitchen as the ceiling is dropped over that whole area. so it would be fairly large.

  • Martha
    May 29, 2015, 10:46 am

    I would like more photos as well. I love what I see, but there has to be much more.

  • liz n.
    May 29, 2015, 10:46 am

    Holy guacamole, that is a gorgeous little cottage! I agree with having a Murphy bed instead of the bed just out there like that.

  • Virginia
    May 29, 2015, 11:06 am

    This is adorable! Very nicely laid out. I would have a ceiling / attic for two reasons: First, to keep all the heat from rising, away from the living space, and second, to provide attic space for either living or storage. Open, it looks great, in a post-and-beam sort of way, but it just looks like wasted space in such a small house. So, I’d buy the plan and make that change.

  • cathie
    May 29, 2015, 11:09 am

    YES!!!!!!!! I would live in this house!!! Beautifully done!!! 🙂

  • May 29, 2015, 11:17 am

    Quite stunning!

  • Kathy
    May 29, 2015, 11:28 am

    Charming is the right word for this tiny house. I love it. However I do have to side with other observations on use of the space. I agree that at least a partial bedroom loft would allow for more room on the first floor for seating and a small dining table. No ladder please – it looks like there is ample room where the bed is now for a stairs with storage or a desk beneath. Really really a great tiny house.

    • Barbra
      October 23, 2017, 5:38 pm

      there is a loft above the kitchen according to their website. see the dropped ceiling?

  • Nanny M
    May 29, 2015, 11:31 am

    I agree with Virginia- upper space could be better used. But what a precious “dollhouse”!

  • Annie
    May 29, 2015, 11:41 am

    OMG THIS IS MY DREAM HOUSE – Murphy bed is a great idea – I love the white inside – very clean. How much would this cost to build and leave on the East Coast. I want to retire in this.

  • Trish
    May 29, 2015, 12:12 pm

    I’m ready to pack my bags and move into this one. Love, love, love the bright open spaces, and the design of the kitchen and bath, especially the flowing river rock out of the shower. It is very creative and inviting. The outside is very pleasing to the eye too. Great job, Creative Cottages.

  • gale
    May 29, 2015, 12:34 pm

    In a word….ADORABLE. This has to be one of the best ever. Thank you for letting us into your home.

  • May 29, 2015, 3:31 pm

    It’s lovely to look at, way bigger on the inside than the exterior seems to suggest – but without any mention of price I have to wonder if it’s one of those “luxury” homes that most couldn’t afford to go debt free with.

  • Randy Landsman
    May 29, 2015, 3:46 pm

    Finally! One that’s charming, cozy and cute. 95% of the tiny homes presented on tiny homes lack character and are ugly and cramped. It’s a bigger (pun intended), issue than how few square feet you can jam your bare necessities and yourselves into. For me a home needs to have some style. Some personality.

  • Randy Landsman
    May 29, 2015, 3:57 pm

    I forgot to add that the only change I’d make would be to create a (stair access) loft for sleeping and perhaps some storage space for seasonal decor. It always freshens up a space to change up the decorating occasionally. It would lend to a spacious feel to lose the bed in the way.

    • Barbra
      October 23, 2017, 5:39 pm

      there is a loft over the kitchen

  • Karen R
    May 29, 2015, 7:54 pm

    Give me an additional tiny half bath and a porch in the front or back, and this would be the only house I have seen that I like as much as my own. Almost perfection!

  • May 29, 2015, 8:21 pm

    Amazing Prices on advertising flags in Toronto

  • CathyAnn
    May 29, 2015, 8:52 pm

    I really like this house. With the white walls, the space expands giving a feeling of airiness. I too would use a murphy bed.

    The space over the kitchen and bathroom could be turned into storage space and/or a small bedroom area. A set of circular stairs could be installed somewhere along the wall that separates the “bedroom” area from the bath/kitchen areas, or regular stairs along the wall as already described.

    I would also build a front porch and a deck in the back.

    This is one of the best small homes I’ve seen. Very well done!

    I’ve lived in Southern California, and think that, if built there, a large ceiling fan would circulate the air adequately. When I lived there, the only difference in my clothing between winter and summer is that I wore socks with my sandals during the winter. lol!

  • June oliver
    May 29, 2015, 9:13 pm

    i think it’s perfect as it is – wonder how much it cost

  • annette sanders
    May 30, 2015, 11:51 am

    This house is just beautiful!! Yes, a million times!

  • Jo Melton
    May 30, 2015, 12:38 pm

    Perfect, except that I would make a loft area my bedroom and the downstairs my living area, then the house would be perfect for a single person or a couple. I would like to know where these homes are being built. I live on Long Island in NY. Jo M

  • Claudia Moore
    May 30, 2015, 3:58 pm

    I’LL TAKE I !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Catherine
    May 30, 2015, 4:58 pm

    I think this house is gorgeous too! However, I would bet it’s not cheap. If I am right that is post and beam construction = $$$. Four gables = $$. Twenty-some windows people! $$$ Fieldstone fireplace $$$. Cedar shingle exterior = mucho labor $$$. I would venture to guess that this is a wealth mans “summer cottage”. (This would be murder to heat in a typical Maine winter.)

    • em
      February 27, 2016, 10:19 pm

      Catherine, You would win your bet, hands down. Not only is land at a premium in Freeport, ME, but the building permit must have cost a fortune, to grease enough palms to get a permit to build right next door to a huge house, on the ocean!!!!! The zoning board would kick and scream until we see Jesus again….

  • May 30, 2015, 6:02 pm

    Yep, definitely a Murphy Bed.

  • Rue
    May 30, 2015, 6:21 pm

    Looks like the loft takes up about the front third of the house, above the kitchen and bathroom. There ought to be room for a bed of some kind. Can’t see in the photos how you’d get up there, though….I can’t see so much as a ladder.

  • Chris
    June 1, 2015, 6:34 pm

    If I were to build a little cottage like this in western NY it would need winterizing. I would build it into a hill with a walkout basement with a room for utilities, including heating and cooling, washer and dryer and 2 bedrooms with walkout patio. Up on the main floor, no bed expanding room for the kitchen/dining/living area to include a half bath and a front patio.

  • Karen Okuno
    June 1, 2015, 9:23 pm

    If this was in Florida, on the Gulf side, absolutely! I would be willing to downsize for something with this open, bright feeling!

  • Rose Tincher
    June 1, 2015, 9:41 pm

    So charming.great place to live simply and carefree

  • Joyce
    June 3, 2015, 11:46 pm

    I’ve lived in tiny apartments, and I’ve loved it. I deeply regret ever leaving the first one, but the devastating, unexpected death of my son caused me to be unable to think clearly for almost a year, and a nephew took advantage of my grief…well, suffice to say, if that first apartment ever comes available again, I want to move into it! I loved such a small space–a 320 square foot two room little gem–and want very much to get back into one. Rare around here, but I’ll find one again.

  • Kristi
    June 7, 2015, 2:20 am

    i love love love this home. It’s perfect.

  • Rosamond Ramsey
    June 8, 2015, 10:40 am

    Yes, Yes,Yes, I would be in Heaven, not big enough for guests, or relatives!!!! I owned a house in Cocoa Beach, Fla. and I had people in my house all year long. I always had to work, but everyone in my home was always on vacation. I love my friends, and family, but when they show up at your front door unannounced? Or invited it gets old quick.

  • Ilene
    June 9, 2015, 11:04 pm

    No. It would be fine as a vacation home for about a week, but nearly all of the hobbies I have are indoor activities (painting, sewing, baking, piano, etc) and I couldn’t get the supplies I need, nor the room I need to do these into that space.

  • Doree Anderson
    June 10, 2015, 8:33 pm

    I live very comfortably in a little house quite like this!!!

  • Linda Scheaffer
    June 12, 2015, 1:15 pm

    I absolutely love this house!!! If I were by myself I could see me here forever. I would like to have it right on the ocean and go with a beach theme. I would probably have to add a few more square feet to decorate it the way I would want to, but that is just being a woman. LOL Keep the smaller houses coming and less of the tiny homes.

  • Elaine
    June 12, 2015, 2:17 pm

    My husband and I are in our seventies and would like to downsize. Are the plans to this gorgeous cottage available?

  • Lorraine
    June 13, 2015, 11:30 am

    Would I? If I could click my heels to get there, I’d be there now.

  • Shannon Castleberry
    June 13, 2015, 12:13 pm

    I absolutely love this tiny house. It is exactly what I have been looking for. I am going to have one just like it one day.

  • Elina
    June 13, 2015, 4:21 pm

    This would be my dream home!

  • Diane
    June 17, 2015, 9:07 am

    If I could I would!

  • Mary
    June 17, 2015, 1:40 pm

    Yes I would love to live here. The bathroom shower floor is amazing.

  • Windygale
    June 18, 2015, 12:21 pm

    This is exactly what I want to live in with my two small dogs until the day I depart this earth. It has such peacefulness about it. Thank you for putting it on your site.

  • Gracie
    June 18, 2015, 11:15 pm

    This is perfect. I could see a Murphy bed in this one.

    June 22, 2015, 9:09 pm

    This is my house, I think I have found my land and I think it will have a lake on it. Depends on negotiations. The problem is the price. But I have to have this one. So hopefully we can build it cheaper than your figures.
    It is the sweetest house ever and I can’t wait for the peace and quite of being in the country again.

    • Linda Scheaffer
      July 1, 2015, 5:29 pm

      You mentioned something about the price. Do you have any info on how many square feet this house is and the price? I would love to have some more info on it because like you, I absolutely LOVE this home. I can see myself in it until the day I die!!! Love it!!
      Thank you,

      • Barbra
        October 23, 2017, 5:44 pm

        411 sq. ft. according to their website. I asked if they sell blueprints. if they build it looks incredibly expensive!!!!

  • Alice
    July 14, 2015, 9:34 am

    We have lived in our 360 sq ft cabin since 2006.

  • Valerie
    October 15, 2015, 3:22 pm

    OOHHH I would love to live there. So perfect for me.

  • Susanne
    October 17, 2015, 9:10 pm

    Oh my god it’s adorable ! Afraid to ask how much. Yes , Murphy bed! Bed in living room ruins the room.

  • Raiyen
    October 18, 2015, 12:14 am

    I like to live in this house however the bed room has no privacy.Generally it is beautiful though.

  • Leigh ann
    October 28, 2015, 5:13 pm

    Would love it if it had storage. How many square feet? What is cost? How can I download plans?

  • PQ
    October 30, 2015, 3:58 am

    Ultra mod shipping container with clean lines as interior design is my preference. Can’t picture myself looking at all the unnecessary, unsightly designs scattered all around. Yikes!

  • eric
    November 5, 2015, 3:32 am

    At the risk of being condemned, externally I dislike it. Why? Height to width ratio is all out of whack. Look proportionally wrong, wrong, wrong… to me.

    My opinion, and mine alone. Your may, and probably does, differ. What makes the world go round dunnit?

  • Me Darcy
    November 13, 2015, 6:28 am


    Short video of the home and couple others.

  • Cindi Daigle
    November 25, 2015, 3:46 am

    I did go to their website and their were no prices and then found this page while searching for prices. So, anyone have any info about that? I’ll keep searching.

    PS. I don’t think it’s necessary to be condescending to people who ask questions. I think it’s rude and unneccessary.

  • Brigitte
    January 9, 2016, 1:41 pm

    That news video said 440 SF and it looks like there is a small loft space in the house. I don’t know how that factors in to the SF. If there is a water view out the back of the home, I would prefer it if the loft space ran over the bathroom and sleeping area so the view could be enjoyed through the dormer.

  • Sheryl
    February 28, 2016, 7:35 am

    Love this! I, also would like a small loft for storage and a murphy bed.
    Especially, like the outside design.

  • Barbara
    February 28, 2016, 8:43 am

    I am glad I could see the photos here, because I cannot see anything at all on their website. I’m guessing they don’t know that Android tablets can’t run Flash, and their entire website seems to be built on that yesterday format. Shame. It can’t be good for business. It’s a nice house, above, but I’d open the bathroom into the bedroom area, and the bed would be a Murphy bed, as suggested by others. If flushing a toilet gets germs from the toilet flying over to a toothbrush, just think of what’s going into the kitchen. Moving the door would mitigate that problem. a bathroom should never sit next to a kitchen, but moving the door would be a huge sanitary improvement. You can’t see the infinitesimally tiny droplets of water that hit your hands then become airborne as germ mist, but we nurses know……Otherwise, perhaps install a costly laminar flow system?

  • Kathleen M
    March 20, 2016, 1:26 pm

    Absolutely charming little cottage. The high ceilings make it appear very open and roomy. Would be perfect for someone who is looking to live a simple and non-materialistic life, like me.

  • Fawn
    May 5, 2016, 4:25 pm

    My hubby and I love this house. We received preliminary plans and a contract to buy plans and consulting from the designers – Creativecottagesllc.com – and are currently looking for a buildable lot with a view to build it. The loft above the kitchen and bathroom is accessible with attic stairs that come down from the ceiling. We plan to pay extra for automatic ones and add a zoom room bed on the outside wall with a TV, freeing up the TV wall for built in wardrobes. Love it and can’t wait to build it.

    • Barbra
      October 23, 2017, 5:48 pm

      great to hear all this. I just emailed them to ask if they sold blueprints of this. so, what did you have to purchase and for how much?

      • Fawn
        October 24, 2017, 3:07 pm

        Hi Barbara,

        We never found the lot we wanted to be able to build this house so we went no further. We found a small house – 832 sq feet with an incredible view that we are having remodeled with a similar feel as this. We have to have an addition removed that is not tied to the foundation and repair said foundation. We are having an 8′ tall loft built (none now) for bedrooms over the kitchen and bathroom which we are pushing to the back to take advantage of the view for the living room. We will have stairs up in the middle between bathroom and kitchen. Architect currently drawing up plans.

        • Barb
          October 24, 2017, 3:18 pm

          Thanks for the update. I am having a similar situation looking for land in Waynesville, NC. Almost everything is restricted about what you can build. So, I am doing what you did, trying to find a fixer upper with good views. And thanks for that info on the zoom room bed. I had never heard of that. It is wonderful!

  • Nancy
    June 1, 2016, 12:44 pm

    Isn’t the property in this picture expensive waterfront property? What is the cost? Do they have larger models?

  • Kate Jordan
    June 14, 2016, 11:38 am

    According to their website, it’s 411 sq ft. That’s the most charming 411 sq ft I’ve ever seen!

  • Denyse C harron
    June 27, 2016, 12:29 am

    How much to build exactly as is. I would not change a thing!
    Dimensions. High- width-depth.
    Thank you

  • Duane Lang
    October 29, 2016, 2:24 pm

    I intend to buy a set of plans in the near future. However, I want to build an enclosed breezeway and a copy of the light house at Mystic Seaport at the end of the breezeway. The folks at the seaaport were kind enough to sell me the lighthouse plans. Base of the lighthouse is 12 feet in diameter. Plan extra space with full basement in the cottage and lighthouse.

  • Katy Lady
    January 21, 2017, 12:43 pm

    Love this as a place for tea-parties. Could never live in a tiny home.

  • Nicolette
    July 9, 2017, 6:08 pm

    This home is so sweet! I would live here in a heartbeat! Either on the water, or in a wooded setting. It would be perfect anywhere!

  • Barbra
    October 23, 2017, 5:31 pm

    it is 411 square feet and there is a loft over the entire kitchen. I think the bath must be off the kitchen and behind the tv.

  • Connie Potts
    October 25, 2017, 2:30 am

    Where is the Refrigerator? Washer?

    • Fawn
      October 25, 2017, 12:40 pm

      Refrigerator is a small undercounter one. Washing machine is in a closet in the bathroom.

  • Jill
    January 8, 2018, 5:41 pm

    I would definitely live in this cottage. It is beautiful. How much would it cost to build?

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