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Tiny 278 Sq. Ft. Zen Cottage in Mt. Pleasant, SC

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This is a 278 sq. ft. zen cottage in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

From the outside, you can tell that this tiny cottage used to be a garage.

When you go inside, you’ll find a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and upstairs sleeping loft.

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Tiny 278 Sq. Ft. Zen Cottage in Mt. Pleasant, SC

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  • annette
    May 17, 2016, 2:23 pm

    Great job editing such a small spot. The pieces are all to scale with chic finishes. Good call on the closed cabinets vs. open shelving, because the latter can quickly make for a cluttered appearance in such confines, losing charm. I don’t know how one could render this particular structure any better.

    I generally prefer a loft with a dormer and/or skylight, but see there’s a mini-split and a fan so maybe climate control and the recessed lighting solve any claustrophobia?

  • Beckie Shackelford
    May 17, 2016, 3:54 pm

    Just curious…is this a rental or built for personal use? Am planning a Vaca to SC for Aug/Sept this year for my daughter & me & love the look of this adorbs “Cottage”. Any info appreciated!

  • Tammy
    May 17, 2016, 4:19 pm

    Ok, I have a GREAT idea!!! In the 2nd photo, in the kitchen, it looks like there is some kind of cupboard on the end. What I would do is make the longer side slide out to reveal the shelves inside instead of just the little “door” on the end. It would make access much easier! (I think I found my calling! I could be a tiny house builder!)

  • Dominick Bundy
    May 17, 2016, 4:31 pm

    This is one of the better ones I seen in a while..

  • May 17, 2016, 4:37 pm

    Cute and efficient. Just wish the bedroom was downstairs and use the loft for storage. But nicely done! Congrats!

  • Gigi
    May 17, 2016, 8:06 pm

    Great job! It’s clean and bright and has a real sofa!

  • Eric
    May 17, 2016, 9:45 pm

    Not sure where the “zen” is? Certainly nothing there that looks or has a nod to eastern culture or building styles whatsoever.

    • Cris
      May 18, 2016, 8:08 am

      Zen is a philosophy or a state of mind. It’s not a place.

  • Susie
    May 18, 2016, 3:19 am

    Pretty cute really….

  • kevin
    May 18, 2016, 12:00 pm

    I think that the only change I would make is to lose the ladder and build a staircase with built ins to replace the wardrobe and entertainment center.
    other than that it’s a cute little cottage.

  • Lee
    May 18, 2016, 6:37 pm

    Beyond lovely. Could you give me an idea of the cost per square foot to transform the garage into this gorgeous living space?

  • Cathy
    April 20, 2021, 9:15 am

    That little house is adorable and so tidy! The only thing, the ladder would not be good for me, I have trouble with steps. I think I would feel too closed in with the low ceiling in the bedroom. Otherwise, I think it is really a neat like home.

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