This is the small house that feels big… It’s an 800-square-foot custom designed and built home on a foundation and I think you’re going to like it.
I just can’t get enough of small houses that are well designed like the one you’re about to see here. It’s a timber frame build by Nir Pearlson in Oregon. His firm specializes in green designs.
In this case, the client wanted an energy-efficient small home made out of sustainable materials. The clients are an aging couple who are nearing retirement so they wanted a single story design that they’d love. Here is the result.
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Updated January 15, 2019
The Little Cottage That Feels Big (And Where to Get the Plans to Build One for Yourself)
Photos by Michael Dean Photography
To me, this size home is perfect. It’s not too big, or too small. It can be sufficient for a family, but not overwhelming if you’re a couple or even single.
Photo Credit Michael Dean Photography
I love the covered back porch and how the home has several entrances/exits… That along with all of the deck space that you get outside. Also, notice the solar panels on the roof.
Open Front Porch
So far, so good right? It gets better. Let me take you inside.
Beautiful 800 Square Foot Small House Interior
I love timber frame houses. There’s something about it especially when the beams are exposed that looks so great to me. It’s too bad that building like this costs so much more nowadays. But I still think it’s worth it. Especially if we build smaller. And smarter.
Simple Kitchen in a Small House
Living Area Looking Towards the Kitchen
I wonder if they also hired an interior designer? Everything came out so perfect.
I would LOVE to live here. How about you?
I can’t even think of anything I would really change.
Notice how the bedroom has its own exit out to the deck. I think this is a great feature that most of us would enjoy every morning.
River Road Small House Floor Plan
Photo Credits Michael Dean Photography
What’s your favorite thing about this small house?
What did you like best about this small house? At 800-square-feet, can you see yourself in it? I sure can.
It’s a great home for a relatively small family. Or any couple without children. Or maybe even for a single person who works from home?
I love tiny houses but I also love small houses and I hope that the tiny house movement can also encourage the design and development of more homes like this one, not just the tiny ones.
What are your thoughts on that? Don’t you also agree that we need more homes in the range of 500 to 1200-square-feet? I think we do because they’re more realistic for most people and in many cases would work better long-term even though tiny houses are absolutely awesome.
The House Plans to Build This Little Cottage for Yourself
Interested in buying the plans so you can build it yourself? They’re available for you at House Plans.
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The Louisa Cottage on a Farm in New Zealand
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Small and Sustainable Farmhouse Cottage in Melbourne
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