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Homeowners Build Small Cottage for Vacation Rental Income

When I think of tiny houses I also think of small houses like this beautiful and open summer house I’m showing you here.

I’ll always show you both tiny and small homes so that you can find what’s truly best for you long-term (whether it’s tiny, small, or somewhere in between).

This summer house is a great example of what you can do with a slightly larger amount of space. It’s a backyard retreat used for vacation rentals by the homeowners.

Beautiful Backyard Small Cottage


Images © LightLocations.com

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Images © LightLocations.com

See more pictures, learn more and maybe even vacation in this small home here: http://www.lightlocations.com/locations/the-summerhouse-sw12/

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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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  • Danni
    August 23, 2014, 12:26 pm

    Lovely, although the photos appear to show 2 different houses. There are photos of a full kitchen with distinctly different flooring…

    • Alex
      August 23, 2014, 1:03 pm

      Yup. I think there’s 2 of them. Either that- or the other photos are of the main home’s kitchen. 🙂

      • david r
        August 23, 2014, 2:17 pm

        Im pretty sure its the same house. The flooring is the same in both pictures, long wooden floorboards I think. The photos are just showing a view from opposite ends. Very nice.

        • August 24, 2014, 4:06 am

          This seems like the same house to me. The table and chair are in both pix (blue table top and blue seat cover). I like the white everywhere—makes it seem spacious—but would go with warmer furnishings and wall decor to brighten/warm it up. Nice, though: Clean lines and lots of light…

        • Paul
          August 24, 2014, 7:03 am

          as are the deer antlers… but, OMG, blinded by the White… : /

  • Marsha Cowan
    August 23, 2014, 3:57 pm

    Where do you sleep?

  • Bonny
    August 23, 2014, 4:16 pm

    I think it is the same house…just views of the two ends of the house. The difference in the flooring has to do with the angle of the camera, I’m sure. I wish they had it fully furnished so you could get a better idea of the space…like where the bed and sofa would be. And there doesn’t seem to be any bathroom…not even a half-bath.

  • Matt
    August 23, 2014, 7:15 pm

    Yeah, nice little building, but far from being a rental house I would pay for.

  • Comet
    August 23, 2014, 9:06 pm

    Highly doubt that there is NO bathroom or sanitary facilities of any kind—or that rental guests go to the main house for these needs!

    And I too thought it likely that these were different views of different houses–

    Or some one has figured out how to do a really odd perspective shot of one small structure suddenly turned into the Taj—–

  • Lindy
    August 23, 2014, 11:25 pm

    might be a bathroom at the kitchen end. The camera angle is very odd. It looks bigger from the inside. The white paint and floor helps but that sure isn’t too practical. 😉
    Looks like a good start, but not enough details to tell. I like it from the outside.

  • Paul
    August 24, 2014, 7:16 am

    It’s a SUMMER HOUSE folks. That means it is used for entertaining outside of the main house. Kitchen facilities etc. for food prepping for bbq’s or afternoon teas (very English that)

    It is not designed as a tiny house with sleeping quarters… nor is there a toilet either.

  • hannah
    August 24, 2014, 7:30 am

    They are using it as a hirable studio location for photoshoots— Clever idea – Luxury that pays for itself 🙂

  • Kaleb
    August 26, 2014, 10:52 am

    After reading the above comments, went back for another look. If a summer guest cottage, the futon can provide sleeping arrangements. It also appears to have a door on the left side of the kitchen end. Possibly the commode is in there?
    While it looks large from all the white, it has no ‘pop’. If it were my place I’d put in a large area rug to add warmth and color. All white including floors makes it look kinda cloud-like. I like to be grounded!

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