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Honeycrisp Cottage in Southern Vermont: A 280 Square Foot Getaway

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Coming in at 280-square feet, the Honeycrisp Cottage in Southern Vermont is a dreamy energy-efficient getaway, and a tiny house design worth bookmarking for your future build!

This home (@honeycrisp_cottage on Instagram) would make a perfect granny flat because of the open floor plan and downstairs bedroom, but really anyone interested in going tiny could enjoy this space! The Airbnb hosts designed the home themselves and included a floorplan (you can see below). They hired out some work and DIYed the rest, and the total cost to build was around $75,000. Book your stay on Airbnb!

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Energy-Efficient Tiny House Cottage in Vermont


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The house has a lovely open floorplan.


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The kitchen has a cooktop, convection oven, and refrigerator.


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Believe it or not, that’s a king-sized bed downstairs!


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The loft houses a queen-sized bed.


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The sectional faces the huge glass windows for gorgeous forest views.


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Love the twinkle lights!


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The sliding barn door takes you to the 3/4 bath.


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Such lovely and simple decor in this small house.


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There are little lights and outlets near the bed upstairs.


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I love the subway tile backsplash.


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And again in the shower stall. Lovely!


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Regular flush toilet in the bathroom (and look at that shower head!).


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The pebble tile floor is lovely.


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Here’s the floor plan for this cozy home!


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What a lovely morning glow.


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This cottage looks amazing in any weather!


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  • Timber frame
  • Honeycrisp Cottage
  • 2 beds, 1 bath
  • Was built in 2016
  • LEED Compliant
  • VOC Free Paint
  • Firepit
  • 9 acres
  • Forest
  • Mountains
  • Trails
  • 1 hour from ski resorts
  • Living room
  • Kitchen
  • King bed
  • Loft with queen bed
  • Full bathroom

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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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  • Stephan of Arkansas
    May 4, 2020, 4:56 pm

    Lovely modern design. Excellent the open space and glass for sun and views. However, in my experience, it is pure hell to change sheets on a bed that has no walking space between the bed and the adjacent walls (as in the downstairs bedroom here). These comments respectfully submitted.

    • Marcia
      May 4, 2020, 6:50 pm

      I agree with the sheets and walking space. Just me-I would put a Queen bed and possibly small nightstands with small lamps for reading and a place for Kindle, book, etc. Otherwise, it is perfection.

      • James D.
        May 6, 2020, 1:28 am

        Depends, it’s on the main floor… If it doesn’t already, could just put casters on it… Unlock the wheels and pull it out, fix the bed, push it back and then lock the wheels again…

        If you have the budget, there’s also self fixing bed systems that with a push of a button will reset the sheets and blankets… Or you can set up a rig to do it manually for less…

        Alternatively, tilting the bed sideways… can have a lifting system like you see with bed storage lifts… can allow you to get in that space and fix the bed…

        Outside the box thinking doesn’t have to just stop with the layout…

        • Marsha Cowan
          January 4, 2021, 12:17 pm

          Ooooh! James! That’s a great idea! You could also use a “bedroll” over the cover that you roll up from foot to head and then prop your pillows on it. The bed underneath stays made up and untouched. The bedroll can be taken off and washed, spread out on top, rolled up, and put behind the pillows again. However, I like the caster idea, too, and of course, easiest of all, have a smaller bed. Lol!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 5, 2020, 1:05 pm

      I can’t say you’re wrong Stephan! The only good thing is the hosts have to change the sheets and you as the guest do not haha!

    • Shelly Ferris-Hostetler
      January 4, 2021, 1:30 am

      Your comments reflect my first thoughts on seeing how the bed was situated in this, otherwise, nicely designed cottage. I would NEVER want to sleep in a bed where I have to crawl out in *any direction* to get up at night; a pain in the neck for me while probably wakening my husband alongside me. That would be for the birds! I like Marcia’s suggestion (below) much better. With some modifications to the bathroom design I think it would be entirely possible to place a Queen-size bed w/ nightstands in the nook that would make getting into & out of the bed much more a delight than a pain in the keester!

      The only other thing I’d change is the kitchen window. FOR GOD’S SAKE: If someone’s going to have a window in this area *at least* put it on a level where someone can ENJOY A VIEW! Also, very importantly, this would afford people doing food prep additional, helpful natural light into the area. This would not only greatly illuminate the area, itself, but would bring more, natural light in to brighten the rest of the interior. This is *always a big plus* in my book! The more light the better, baby! LET IT IN, LET IT IN! ;o)

      • Natalie C. McKee
        January 5, 2021, 8:23 am

        I think in the case of the windows, it might have to do with it’s position relative to the main home on the property. If I remember correctly, the kitchen wall faces the main house, so for privacy for both parties, they might have chosen those higher-up windows. That said, I love my window over my sink!

        • James D.
          January 5, 2021, 2:12 pm

          Yes, the main house, the main road, and the parking area for your vehicle are what that window would be facing… Besides privacy, it would also interrupt the sense of serenity of being surrounded by forest and how it’s sometimes nicer to look at the tops of trees and the sky… While you don’t always want equal size windows on both sides of the home, depending on optimizing the home for winter/summer and smaller windows are better for insulation…

  • Linda Tracy
    May 4, 2020, 5:38 pm

    Love it!!!

  • Sheila
    May 4, 2020, 9:30 pm

    Love this. The snow too!! Looks cozy and warm.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 5, 2020, 1:02 pm

      Sometimes a snowed-in vacation is the best kind!

  • Marie Sears
    May 16, 2020, 3:00 pm

    I would sleep upstairs, so if one person wants to get up early and do things-watch TV, make food, etc, u would not be disturbed as much by the noise. Also this lets u use the space down stairs for a closet, clock room etc.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 18, 2020, 2:04 pm

      Good idea!

  • Anion
    July 17, 2020, 3:13 pm

    What a lovely little cottage! I absolutely love the way the bed on the ground floor is tucked into its own little nook.

    I agree on changing the sheets, though, lol–crouching on the bed while trying to lift the corner of the mattress with one hand and slip the sheet over with the other is not fun! (At least that bed is on the floor, though–for ten years I had to do this on a top bunk for my younger daughter. What fun THAT was, lol.)

    But for anyone dealing with that, I found it a lot better to use a regular flat sheet and fold hospital corners/just fold under, rather than wrestling with a fitted sheet. Since you’re not trying to stretch the elastic on the fitted sheet, it’s a lot easier to make it reach, and you can adjust and straighten the folds from the “open” side of the bed (if there is one). If you’re really into it, you can buy elastic strips with clips to help hold the folded sheet in place once it’s done, though of course that creates the same problem of having to lift the mattress; they’re really good if you’re using this trick on bunk beds, though.

    It may not be easier for everyone, but it really was for me–and the bonus is that flat sheets are often less expensive than fitted ones! There are plenty of places online that will show you different ways to fold flat sheets to make them “foundation” sheets. I always buy and use only white sheets–my husband has over the years made me add a couple of colored sets, but in general I prefer white sheets–so it’s easy to mix and match them, too.

    I hope that helps!

    The main reason I commented, though, is to see what the dimensions are on this adorable cottage? It’s 280 sq ft, so I assume it’s 20 x 14? Maybe 23 x 12 (that’s 276 sq ft, but maybe it’s rounded up)? Or maybe it’s more like 18 x 14 and the square footage includes the loft?

    We’re in the early planning stages of building a guest cottage/home office/accessory building in our backyard, so this site is enormously helpful! And since this cottage isn’t on wheels, it’s exactly the sort of thing we’re looking for. Thank you for such a great site/resource!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 20, 2020, 10:05 am

      Oh that’s so helpful. Anyone else hate fitted sheets!? haha!

      I’m not positive on the dimensions, but you can contact the couple who built it on Instagram. They may even have rough plans >>> https://www.instagram.com/honeycrisp_cottage/

  • ERIC Drack
    July 17, 2020, 4:33 pm

    Natalie, what a great design. Are the plans available to purchase?

  • Katie
    August 17, 2020, 4:46 pm

    Oh my, I am in love with this house!! I’d just make it a tad bigger to fit a King bed so our doggos can fit with us 😉

  • Penelope
    September 26, 2020, 9:19 pm

    This is perfect, all I would do is add enough space for a closet and washer and dryer.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 28, 2020, 12:47 pm

      Yes that would be a must for me if I lived there full-time.

  • NewYawkaBroad
    December 23, 2020, 3:32 pm

    Oooooh, I love this. It’s a large hug!

  • Marsha Cowan
    January 4, 2021, 12:21 pm

    This is the perfect small house plan! I love the way the kitchen and living area flow together, yet are separate by placing the seating to see out the window is. I like the bed in a nook, and the bath design all around. Its placement also breaks up areas without interfering with the flow. Having a loft space, too, is the icing on the cake. Really beautiful and well designed home.

    • Marsha Cowan
      January 4, 2021, 12:23 pm

      . . .sorry for the extra “is”. . .but you can use it if you need it. Lol!

  • Linda Wilson
    March 15, 2021, 8:58 pm

    I love this layout! Very cozy without being too crowded. I thought of casters for the downstairs bed, too. I refuse to crawl over someone and crawl in to change sheets. I love the loft, too. I would like to have a door to the bedroom nook downstairs. A little tweaking on the barn door and hardware could allow it to slide all the way over to cover the bedroom. I think I would give up one kitchen cabinet for a built in convection oven and a drawer dishwasher. Well, this all assumes it is my home and not just a vacation stop. Love, love the windows. Perfect.

  • Deborah
    September 25, 2022, 4:39 pm

    I need a closet. I personally would go with a queen size bed.. love the rest.

    • James D.
      September 26, 2022, 3:05 pm

      There’s a closet in the bathroom with a full length mirror on the door, it’s right between the vanity and the bathroom entrance…

  • e.a.f.
    September 26, 2022, 1:30 am

    Great house. I like the full bathroom and the bed on the main floor. Don’t do ladders anymore, so its great. As to making the bed???? As a previous poster mentioned, flat sheets are the way to go. If I had this to live in I’d just have a narrower bed. as some suggested, wheels on the bed would solve any problems also.
    It really has everything you need on the main floor. If its for guests a washer/dryer may not be necessary. If you lived in it full time and a laundry wasn’t close by, you could simply have a 2 in 1 washer/dryer installed. they don’t take up much space and there are some very small washers on the market, you just roll them up to the tap and hook them up the way you do a portable dishwasher.

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