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Life in their 372-sq.-ft. Tiny Cottage in the Woods


When rent was about to hike up again, Eric and Gladys wanted to look for a less expensive and more sustainable long-term option. By chance, they landed on the perfect little cottage for sale on Facebook Marketplace that they could put on a wooded patch of land owned by Gladys’ parents.

The 372 sq. ft. cottage is pretty perfect! You walk into the main living area that they have set up with his and her desks. The U-shaped kitchen has full-sized appliances, and the bathroom features a lovely tiled shower. In the back of the cottage is their bedroom (no loft!). Be sure to read our Q&A with the couple after the photo tour!

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372 Sq. Ft. Pretty Blue Cottage in the Woods

The U-shaped kitchen has a cool waterfall countertop.

Their office set-up against the front wall.

One of their adorable dogs!

There’s a ceiling fan for airflow, and a mini-split to control the temperature.

A slider gives access to the yard.

A comfortable-sized bathroom.

This shower looks luxurious!

They have a decent-sized closet in the bedroom.

The tall ceilings really open up the space.

Yep, there’s laundry!

This definitely beats a loft!

With no couch, this offers them a place to relax.

There’s a little front porch where I would want to enjoy a cup of coffee.

Interview:

What got you into tiny living?

Partly our desire to live a more sustainable life and partly out of financial necessity. Our rent increased last fall by $500 a month and we could no longer afford to live in our apartment. At that point we had considered going tiny for a while and decided it was a good time to set down some tiny roots.

Did you build your home or buy it? How long did the process take?

We bought our home from an unlikely place, Facebook Marketplace. A retired local builder / contractor build our tiny home as a hobby and decided to sell it. We got lucky enough to find it when we did. Before that, we spend a couple of months deciding whether to build ourselves or buy. We fell in love with our tiny home right away and decided to buy. My parents thankfully owned a piece of land that they cleared where they allowed us to park our home. The time frame from purchase to livability took about two weeks.

How has tiny living changed your life (for better or worse)?

We have only lived in our tiny home for five months, so we are still adjusting and learning to live small. It has taken this whole time to really figure out what is best for us, especially adjusting our pets to the new smaller space (we have two dogs and two cats!) thankfully, we have more yard space than we did in our apartment and that has been a positive change. The biggest adjustment has been in the kitchen. I love cooking and not having a dishwasher has been a challenge. Overall, tiny living has changed our life for the better.

What’s the hardest part of tiny living?

Remaining extra mindful of our space, especially living with a significant other. Having 372 sq feet of living space, anywhere you stand will most likely be in the way of the other person. Thankfully, this has brought us closer (physically and in our relationship)

What’s the most rewarding part?

Being more in touch with nature, living in the countryside, being able to save money and overall minimizing our dross and distractions.

Any advice for people looking to go tiny?

Do your research before committing to tiny living and once you decide, start donating or selling things you haven’t used in the last year. You will be surprised how many things you don’t actually need.

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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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  • Robert Riegler
    January 24, 2023, 8:52 am

    Very nicely done. Plans?

  • vee
    January 24, 2023, 6:44 pm

    Very nice! Seems to have everything including lots of storage!!

  • Marsha Cowan
    January 24, 2023, 7:02 pm

    So cute! I love all the little unexpected decorating surprises like the waterfall counter, the beautiful tub, etc. It’s adorable!

  • Michael
    January 24, 2023, 8:15 pm

    Please email me a 372 square feet cottage plan above.

    • Fred
      January 24, 2023, 9:27 pm

      Michael,

      All you really need to do is Google, “372 sq. ft. floor plan” and then click on images.
      You will be inundated with a plethora of floor plans to paruse.
      I’ve found several that appeal to me doing that.

  • Fred
    January 24, 2023, 9:39 pm

    Natalie C. McKee,

    I PM’d Alex on the THT FB page a while ago about a lovely little 352 sq.ft. cottage that was for sale out in my neck of the woods, hoping he might feature it here, but I have yet to see it, or even receive a reply from him concerning it.
    Is Alex no longer associated with this site?
    He’s always been very good about answering PM’s in the past.

    As for the home featured here; what a lovely little cottage. I see absolutely nothing wrong here, with the possibility of adding on a built-in garage (great place to house washer/dryer and other appliances).
    The owners are very lucky indeed to have found such a wonderful little home.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      January 25, 2023, 6:15 am

      Hi Fred! Alex is still here! He’s in charge 🙂 Send me the cottage information at [email protected] and I will be happy to get a post up!

  • Liz
    January 25, 2023, 11:25 am

    This TH doesn’t seem to be very well set up. The over sized tv in the bedroom/living room takes up the entire top of the dresser that could somehow be made to have extra room to store items rather than to use totes. Living out of totes in a too small home is terrible (personal experience). The tv over the trashcans and the fridge covers part of it is out of place whereas watching tv would be terribly uncomfortable. Why have a large shower when a normal sized shower could have afforded more much needed space. I know the current owners didn’t build it but to buy a home that so does not fit the needs of 2 humans, 2 dogs and 2 cats is ridiculous. Perfect for 1 person. We lived in a park model, 400 sq. ft. and that wasn’t great for 2 of us. We didn’t think that one through either. We surely didn’t have a ridiculously large tv or large shower. What is it with people who buy a tv that isn’t proportional to the room size??? I am truly baffled.

    • James D.
      January 25, 2023, 12:02 pm

      For TVs, it’s mostly about preference and not the room size. Same reason some people go to a iMax theater instead of a regular one or sit in the front row instead of back…

      While large showers are preferable for long term as it’s easier to be ADA compliant and for pets a large shower may be the only thing that works.

  • Donna Rae
    January 25, 2023, 8:13 pm

    As is evidenced in a previous comment, tiny living isn’t for everyone but there are plenty of people who do well, just as some people like really huge TV’s and others do not. It’s all personal preference. And how wonderful that we are not all made to live in the same kind and size of dwelling! I can understand someone sharing what their personal experience has been and so many times it is really helpful when someone else is trying to make a decision, but let’s not disparage the decisions of others. It’s their life, needs and aesthetics, and if it works for them, then kudos to them for making choices that make them happy and suit their purposes. I think this tiny home is put together really well though I think I would prefer to have a sofa for watching TV in the main living area and get small tables for each person that would work while sitting on other than individual chairs. I do like that folding table with the little drawers for organizing. Clever use of space allowing it to be out of the way and move the chairs so watching TV is at a more comfortable angle. That bedroom is really rooooooomy for such a tiny house! Lots of time is spent in there, I’ll bet! Very comfy and that big TV would feel like you were at a theater! Love it! And if it’s one of your main sources of entertainment, go ahead and splurge because you are saving money by not paying exorbitant prices at the movies! It can provide a way of educating yourself, too, with documentaries or YouTube videos. A very cute cottage look and that front porch is both charming and a nice place to spend warm days drinking a favorite beverage or even doing artwork. Nicely done! Thanks for sharing and giving us a chance to see such a great variety of these little gems.

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