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Tiny Cottage in Seattle: 250 Sq. Ft. that’s Modern and Rustic

How can you not like this modernized tiny cottage of just 250 square feet with a sleeping loft in Seattle?

It’s built by Michelle de la Vega who is an artist and designer in the area. Do you agree when they say the cottage is modern and rustic? I do.

My favorite part about it is how everything about it seems ‘normal’ sized even though it’s just 250 sq. ft. which I think might be important when sharing space with others for long periods.

It has a wood burning stove, big french doors and a large bathtub you can get wrinkly in while rejuvenating.

250 Sq. Ft. Seattle Mini Cottage

Little Modern Cottage in Seattle

Images: Boutique Homes

I encourage you to come on in and take the complete tour below:

French Doors Open up to the Back Porch

French Doors Open up to the Back Porch

Check out the traditional locker room storage (above)! Love it..

French Doors Open up to the Back Porch

I also like the reclaimed chairs and all of the nature it opens up to.. There’s much to enjoy here, isn’t there?

Little Modern Cottage in Seattle

Recycled Ship Ladder leads you to the Comfy and Spacious Sleeping Loft

Recycled Ship Ladder leads you to the Comfy and Spacious Sleeping Loft Recycled Ship Ladder leads you to the Comfy and Spacious Sleeping Loft

Commercial-like Tiny Kitchen

Recycled Ship Ladder leads you to the Comfy and Spacious Sleeping Loft

I love the openness throughout this little studio cottage. Not only is the floor plan open, but so is just about everything in the kitchen. And for me, it works! I think it looks great here. And you always know where everything is. It reminds me of a commercial kitchen (and that, to me, means functional!).

Rustic and Recycled Locker Storage

Rustic and Recycled Locker Storage

Living Area

Living Area

Wood Burning Stove surrounded by Brick

Wood Burning Stove surrounded by Brick

Who doesn’t enjoy a good fire? For me, it’s WAY better than TV and I think you might agree.

Being in Florida, I don’t get to enjoy being around the fire much so when I do I really appreciate it.

Alright, let me show you the bathroom and we’ll wrap it up…


Bathroom Bathroom

Images: Boutique Homes

Notice the skylight above which is spectacular. I don’t know about you but something like this is a dream home to me. Simple yet modern and rustic at the same time and very functional. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

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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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  • Shell
    November 18, 2013, 3:01 pm

    Oh my goodness, that bathtub… wow! And a skylight over it? Man….that is freaking awesome! I love the idea. Thanks for sharing. Namaste

  • Mimi
    November 29, 2013, 2:46 pm

    Love this little house. Any way to see a floor plan for this awesome little home?

  • Kristin Louthan
    May 12, 2014, 8:09 pm

    A lot of the space in the house seems wasted. Could have had a staircase for all that. And I know that I would wipe out on that extended hearth within days. Still, there’s a nice style to it, and that bathroom is perfect!

  • John Brower
    June 3, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Love what you’ve done with the place! One question, since I’m from Seattle I know that the weather is not like the photos too often. How is it living in this small space when you really can’t spend much time outside?

  • kate
    August 15, 2014, 12:07 pm

    Where/how do they cook? Wonderfully thought out interior finish.

  • Gayle
    August 16, 2014, 12:19 pm

    Yes, it looks nice and it looks like quality products were chosen. It’s nice that it’s a rental. But, it’s not a nice neighborhood. I worked near there 2011-2012 and if I just wanted to go to a place for a nice sandwich lunch place, it was a 2 mile drive. Cycling is not safe in that area, I didn’t bike to work. You’d probably need a lot of time to get around by public transport as a visitor or need a car to get around to other areas.

    • Alex
      August 16, 2014, 2:17 pm

      Thanks Gayle

  • Anna
    December 28, 2014, 10:31 am

    l love the exterior paint color (dark grey), do the authors or owner know the name and brand of the color or is it custom?

    • Carina Powers
      May 17, 2021, 11:48 pm

      I would also really love to know what the exterior color is on this. Thank you!

  • mike
    February 25, 2015, 9:34 pm

    Its all very cozy, attractive and functional. I just can’t imagine
    the kitchen working; no counterspace or normal sized fridge.
    then again, I imagine lost of fresh veggies from the garden
    make up for some of that. Beautiful work.

  • Loretta Gaines
    April 18, 2015, 4:05 pm

    From the beginning of the description before I even saw the pictures, she had me at “large bath tub you can get wrinkly in while rejuvenating”. I scrolled through slowly picking out favorites with each area and patiently awaiting the bathroom with hopes of an old fashioned iron claw tub with the faucet being in the middle. Then the patience paid off, it was indeed a large tub with the faucets in the middle, so what that it was not the iron claw I had imagined but it is the size tub I have stated to my fiance’ I want in our tiny house. Everything else can be small but when we build our tiny house it has to have a tub built for two, no question!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful and very livable tiny design big enough for two and a kitty. Must have a fur baby!!

  • Gigi
    April 30, 2016, 11:19 pm

    Lots to like and lots of possibilities to change things to your own liking. Seattle is not the friendliest place to tiny homes, so it’s nice to see that someone has managed to create this little haven.

  • Saturday Sportsman
    May 1, 2016, 12:08 am

    Does it come with the cat? I want it if it comes with the cat.

  • Lyn
    May 1, 2016, 1:03 am

    I could totally live in this house! Love it! I would change up a few things like the kitchen could be a bit more functional, but everything else would be awesome for me and the fur kids 🙂

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