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Tiny Retro Cottage called the Sparrow House in Bend, OR

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This is a tiny retro cottage called the Sparrow House in Bend, OR.

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The Sparrow House Retro Cottage in Oregon

Retro Sparrow Cottage in Bend, OR

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  • Sharee
    September 30, 2015, 3:16 pm

    I like it. It reminds me of happy times at Granny’s house.

  • Catherine
    September 30, 2015, 11:09 pm

    Looks clean and fresh, but instead of “retro” I’d just say OLD! Lol!
    That fridge is from the 1950s!!!

    • Paul
      February 8, 2016, 10:57 am

      Except that the fridge is actually brand new and costs over $2000. Smeg has a line of retro style refrigerators that have modern internals. http://www.smegusa.com

      • Jill
        February 8, 2017, 7:49 pm

        Yeah I’ve seen those and love them but YIKES. I saw an ad via youtube and it nearly fooled a collector.

    • jerry
      November 21, 2017, 5:34 pm

      They call it a TH but this is a normal size 50s house. Even in the 60s over 1200sq’ was rare.
      One needs to remember what we call TH like the above were the norm until the late 60s.

    • Eric
      September 14, 2019, 4:57 pm

      Doesn’t look OLD at all. Looks like simple modern construction to me. And yeah, SMEG fridges are often of a RETRO design. So not old at all. Suggest you do NOT go looking at the prices though… heart attack material for most people.

  • curt
    October 1, 2015, 12:50 am

    Two things that might concern me– the heater in the bedroom that is in the wall seems to be very close to the fluffy flammable bedspread. Not sure what the manufacture would suggest as spacing. A radiant wall heater might be a solution. The other issue is I am a strong believer in a vented hood over the stove. I think in a small space its even more critical. I did like the kitchen could not tell if it had a dishwasher- but I thought the sink and use of old refurbished appliance was nice. Got a kick out of the tiny wall cabinet door. Looking closer- I can see Ikea was a source of products and inspiration. I think there is no television which for a retreat might be ok. the bird decals on the wall in the kitchen was a nice touch. the skinny dining room table looks cool and I might try to find a way to combine it into a desk. I thought it was interesting that the main roof was metal and then the porch roof might have been added on later to spruce up the front. The fire hydrant right out front- looks newly painted. I also noticed the interesting sofa- not sure if that sofa was bought like that or if it was modified. Overall a interesting place.

  • Carol Hogan
    October 1, 2015, 11:58 am

    You really should include simple floor plans / layouts for the houses you feature.

    • Maria
      February 8, 2016, 8:11 am

      I agree with you Carol. Alex stop teasing us. would love to have one built

      • Eric
        February 8, 2016, 11:26 pm

        Come on folks. Floorplans are NOT available for all pics that Alex manages to get. And… remember, this is a conversion from a “shack” that the designer said she didn’t think was possible. But… she managed to pull it off. Not sure that she’d be willing to share her skills/expertise on what she did to the world. Gotta have “some’ trade secrets ya know…

  • Carol Perry
    October 2, 2015, 11:48 am

    The Sparrow Cottage is an adorable place!! It brings me back in time when I was younger. We used to visit our Aunt Rita and her kitchen cabinets were similar to the ones in The Sparrow Cottage, my parents had a refrigerator just like the one they are using except the color was white. The cottage is small but it’s got charm, and a style of it’s own. It’s bright and airy and inviting, it’s a place that you would want to vacation in. It’s a place you would want to come back too!! Enjoy! Carol Perry

  • Jane Belflower
    October 6, 2015, 10:27 am

    I so enjoy looking I get lots of ideals! Thank you! I want and will get a tiny house!

  • Gabrielle Charest
    February 7, 2016, 5:34 pm

    Oh, that colorful interior! It is so homey.

  • Barbara
    February 7, 2016, 6:22 pm

    Sweet as can be! I’d love one like it, minus the wood stove and plus a minisplit for here in Florida.

  • AVD
    February 7, 2016, 6:36 pm

    Keep in mind that these are probably real mill worker houses and the interior decoration and furnishing looked nothing like the interiors do in the remodel photos. They are now good examples of how old buildings can be repurposed for current needs and design taste. When the lumber mill closed, the entire region re-invented itself to become a mecca for folks attracted to the area in search or second homes, retirement living, outdoor recreation and start-up companies.

    Someone in Bend had the smarts to scoop up the old mill-worker houses and upgrade them as an investment.

    These are probably good “models” for folks to learn from if they wish have a small home on a piece of ground.


  • Darcy
    February 7, 2016, 11:42 pm

    It just looks old with a fresh coat of paint and appears staged like its getting ready to be sold. There is really nothing appealing to the house at all. The only item retro is the fridge.

    • Eric
      February 8, 2016, 11:28 pm

      The fridge is retro in looks only. Brand new… and yes, we can buy them here in New Zealand. If we are willing to pay the exorbitant price. Personally I ain’t.

    February 9, 2017, 8:25 pm

    I don’t understand, why is it that I see so many tiny houses in the Pacific North West, It’s almost as if they grow there wildly….? Don’t get me wrong I am not against it, only puzzled as to see so many coming from just that region alone, and not equally across or some what equal in other states of the US….! But for the record a beautiful tiny little house….!

    February 10, 2017, 11:22 am

    Hmm! A lovely little abode to rent? And a clean fresh ideal look for a TH. Something I wouldn’t mind living in. Well done!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      February 13, 2017, 9:12 am

      I’d love it!

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