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Tiny Dutch Garden Cottage with Wooden Shutters

Nestled in the woods this tiny garden cottage is rare in style and design. There is a glass wall on one side of the cottage that is covered with wooden shutters.

During the day these shutters can be opened allowing the beautiful warm sunlight to come inside and then be closed at night for privacy.

The tiny garden cottage was done by architects from Zecc and teamed up with the interior designer, Roel van Norel. Together they made this small space very functional to live in full time.

All the natural sunlight and wood details give this home a cozy feel. About two-thirds of the garden cottage is the living/dining area and kitchen.

Check out all the photos and enjoy!

Modern Tiny Dutch Cottage w/ Wooden Shutters, Large Windows, and Zen Feel

Tiny Dutch Garden Cottage with Wooden Shutters

Images © Roel van Norel

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Images © Roel van Norel & StijnStijl


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  • Liz
    April 14, 2015, 2:01 pm

    My preference would be more color but otherwise, this tiny home is a BIG WINNER. Love the space inside and out. I’d live there in a heartbeat!!

  • Conrad Scott
    April 14, 2015, 2:44 pm

    This is why I love to receive the “Tiny House Talk” blog each day! This is a well designed and livable space that incorporates the outdoor views within the space! Yet it can provide the privacy whenever one has the need to do so. The combination of glass windows, wood shutters and interior woodwork are very appealing! It is small in size but very large in livability! Especially located on this piece of property! Similar additions as required could easily be made by connecting covered wood patio space creating an extension of your living space to the outside to enjoy when conditions are right! I would love to building a similar home on a nice piece of property, and on a heated concrete slab foundation!

    • kristina nadreau
      March 7, 2016, 7:44 pm

      well said.

      • Conrad Scott
        March 7, 2016, 8:52 pm

        Hello Kristina,
        Thank you! I am suppose to be a retired builder with 45 years of building experience. I love great art and well designed homes that are smart, yet fun and special like this. I know this is not the type of home most readers of “Tiny Homes” can build or should try after all the cost is obviously the most appealing aspect, but I still like to see all good designs regardless.

  • Sandy
    April 14, 2015, 2:58 pm

    Are the house plans for sale? Love this one!

  • Nancy
    April 14, 2015, 4:33 pm

    I LOVE this. What’s the cost of the house Plan and is it available?

  • April 14, 2015, 5:21 pm

    While totally loveable and livable, I have a couple problems with this one. Yes, I’d love that many windows, but exterior shutters… means you have to get up, go outside to open the shutters AND random strangers may be able to simply walk up and look inside… (where’s the naked room?). The second problem is the cost. This is not in inexpensive or even moderately priced house, it was pricy, the windows alone would blow my budget.

    BUT, it is beautiful and well thought out, would love to know what all is behind the kitchen and bathroom, there is more space in this building than you see in the photos.

    • Cahow
      April 14, 2015, 8:11 pm

      Hi, JanneZack,
      I don’t think that you mean this comment to be comical, but I roared with laughter when I read it!

      “AND random strangers may be able to simply walk up and look inside…”

      I must ask: WHERE in the World do YOU live that cheeky ‘random strangers’ will stride up to your home and open up a closed shutter? :0

      I’ve lived in the Heart O’ Chicago (Gold Coast & Lincoln Park) and Deep in the Woods of Michigan and I’ve NEVER had anyone be a Creeper & A Peeper! LOL

      • April 15, 2015, 12:31 am

        LOL, I was trying to be funny, but I really believe someone would totally take a peek. We live in a rural setting, nearest neighbors are 400-500 feet away…if it weren’t for a decent wood fence I’m afraid we’d have peepers.

        • linda
          March 7, 2016, 7:21 pm

          Janne, I agree with you about a peepin Tom!! LOL I saw this beautiful cottage last year on Youtube. Loved it except for the ‘shutters’. If they were inside, I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to have a cottage like it. I live in a large modern home without blinds on the living room windows, But if ‘Tom’ came
          around, I could run to the other rooms that have blinds and hide! lol

  • Sharon
    April 14, 2015, 7:10 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Would it survive cold winters of Canada?

    • David
      April 18, 2015, 11:19 pm

      Nah, I don’t think it would… great summer house however.

  • Jim Milne
    April 14, 2015, 7:48 pm

    any chance where I can locate floor plans for this ?

  • Karen R
    April 14, 2015, 8:20 pm

    Could add blinds in between the inside and outside panels of glass. This is really, really nice!

  • Bev
    April 14, 2015, 9:23 pm

    This design is more than what I have spoken of, wanting french doors across one wall to allow a lot of light. This space really gives residents the best of the outside and inside worlds. What a treat. Lots of sunlight and moon light at evening time, if wanted. Love this.

  • Catherine
    April 14, 2015, 9:56 pm

    Yes, I also like this house. However it’s built in Holland. Damp but not that cold. It might survive in Canada, but you wouldn’t. (Survive the heating bills!)
    I do like the combined bedroom/shower/sink design. It’s a space saver.

  • Gigi
    April 14, 2015, 11:46 pm

    I Love this house. It makes me dream of finding that perfect spot to build it. Would love to have the plan. I’d like to know about storage, while i’m in for simplifying, I do need some amount of clothes to live by. I think the cost will largely depend on available materials locally, so it would be helpful to have the plan so the inventory of materials can be had. Can’t wait! Can I import the engineers to Asia? Lol!

  • April 15, 2015, 12:49 am

    I love this design! Clean and Simple. Works for me. 🙂

  • Aviva Adler
    April 15, 2015, 3:52 am

    Love this design, but want to know what’s behind all the closed doors or wall panels. I’m always looking for bookshelves, and I want a combo washer/dryer space. But it’s lovely and looks very livable!

  • shaggie
    April 19, 2015, 12:24 pm

    This is a gorgeous luxury item, but totally impractical for most. It would cost a fortune to heat and be impossible to keep cool in climates that get above 70°. Or if the glass is such that the temp outside has no impact, it would be exorbitantly expensive. Would love it if I won the lottery! And I don’t need a naked room. LOL

    • Vanyel
      June 7, 2015, 5:34 am

      I don’t know about that, seems to me the Dutch know a thing or 2 about winter. The shape looks vaguely inspired by some traditional houses in the region that survive through winter extremely well.

  • susan
    April 19, 2015, 12:35 pm

    Another fabulous and creative small/tiny home. Where are all these wonderful architects, and why aren’t they running the housing market? Too many large homes with useless space….just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

  • Gabrielle Charest
    March 7, 2016, 11:11 pm

    All that glass means lots of light! If I could afford this place, I probably could also afford motorized shutters. Sighhh! I can dream, can’t I?

  • María Cristina Negrón Martínez
    July 31, 2016, 8:36 pm

    Very beautiful, but a little more exposed life than I prefer. Even closed, when inside is lightened you are on stage.

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