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Husband Helps Build Tiny Writing Cottage for Wife

Tiny houses aren’t just for living. They can also be for hobbies and careers too. That’s why this husband helped build a tiny writing cottage for his author wife.

She’s an author of several books and desperately needed space of her own to create a distraction-free environment from her family, dog, phone calls, and everything else that was interrupting her from her writing projects.

Lucky for her, her husband is an artist in his own right. A very talented carpenter. And he was willing to help her dreams come true as you’ll see below.

Mad Woman in the Forest Gets a Tiny Writing Cottage


Images: YouTube/Laurie Halse Anderson

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Images: YouTube/Laurie Halse Anderson

Video and Story: Man Woman in the Forest’s Tiny Writing Cottage

Original story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxNkZzKmJl4

Learn more about Laurie and her work: http://madwomanintheforest.com/

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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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  • Cathy Witthoeft
    August 20, 2014, 4:16 pm

    Love it!

  • August 20, 2014, 4:23 pm

    Wow, I could live very comfortably in that “tiny writing cottage”.

    • Alex
      August 20, 2014, 4:35 pm

      Me too Daizy 🙂

  • Kathryn Goldman
    August 20, 2014, 4:25 pm

    Wow. How about that Rose Window!

    I could see commissioning stained glass artists to fill it over the years. Maybe one circle every time she finishes a book.

    • Alex
      August 20, 2014, 4:35 pm

      That’s an amazing idea, Kathryn, thanks!

  • Kari
    August 20, 2014, 5:12 pm

    Wow! Just stunning. I LURV the window. Thanks Alex.

    • Alex
      August 20, 2014, 6:45 pm

      Thanks Kari! 🙂

  • August 20, 2014, 5:35 pm

    Wow! This is amazing! I am so so happy for you that you have a writing cottage of your own. I couldn’t agree with you more that a woman does need a space of her own. I am lucky enough to also have a writing cottage which was featured on this site a year or two ago. My hubby also a gifted carpenter who built it for me. Wishing you continued success in your writing!

    • Alex
      August 20, 2014, 6:43 pm

      Hi Barbara! Glad you liked it. Gee, I can’t seem to find your writing cottage here. I’d love to get to re-share it or re-feature it anytime along with links to your work, too.

      • August 21, 2014, 8:37 am

        Sorry about that, Alex! I just realized it was on the Tiny House Blog. Are you affiliated with that one? I get a few of these in my inbox, sometimes I get mixed up. 🙂 Love tiny houses! But here is my link to the article: http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house/joyful-paws-cottage/

        • August 21, 2014, 8:40 am

          PS: In looking at my photos again, the inside is not quite as cluttered anymore. 🙂 I cleaned it out last winter and got rid of many things.

        • Alex
          August 21, 2014, 10:23 am

          Oh cool! No wonder! LOL. No that’s not me but my friend Kent Griswold runs it. Thanks for the link and would still love to feature you here sometime too if you wanted 🙂

        • August 21, 2014, 10:33 am

          LOL! Thanks for understanding! And yes, I would love and welcome being featured on your cool blog!

        • Alex
          August 21, 2014, 1:19 pm

          LOL no worries 😀 I just sent you an email 🙂

  • Martin
    August 20, 2014, 5:57 pm

    That is not a tiny house. Nice, but I’m not so impressed.

    • Alex
      August 20, 2014, 6:39 pm

      I know. I get it. But I’ll still showcase non-tiny house homes just for ideas and such. And.. because some of us aren’t in the right situation to live tiny but we may still be able to benefit from a little structure in some other way. Just my thoughts. Thanks Martin!

  • Brian
    August 20, 2014, 6:24 pm

    Wow what an amazing TH this will be when completed. The wonderful rose window and magic chimney pot. I look forward to hopefully seeing some images when this TH is completed. Cheers from Australia

    • Alex
      August 20, 2014, 6:46 pm

      Cheers Brian! I’ll see if I can remember to update it later on when it’s finished 🙂 Anyone who wants to stay in touch with updates can do so here—> http://tinyhousenewsletter.com

  • liz n
    August 20, 2014, 6:47 pm


    That would be a perfect sewing studio!! **Drags fiancé over to her laptop so he can see** **Cough** wedding gift** cough cough**

    • Alex
      August 20, 2014, 7:03 pm

      LOL, glad you liked it Liz. And hope you get one too 😀

  • 2BarA
    August 20, 2014, 10:24 pm

    A good video about a unique and beautiful cottage, but why do so many people who make videos feel they have to include loud and awful music???

    • Alex
      August 21, 2014, 10:30 am

      LOL, it does get loud (the music) but I’m just still glad they were able to share even though they’re not pro video editors

  • Denny
    August 21, 2014, 11:23 am

    I like everything except the dormer on the porch roof, it looks like it slid down off the roof and got stuck there….is there a reason it was put there ? Just curious….??

    • Alex
      August 21, 2014, 1:20 pm

      Hmm. Not sure. Just the way they did it, I guess. Also though they’re not 100% done. But personally I think it looks awesome as is 🙂

    • Mo-Man
      August 21, 2014, 4:07 pm

      @Denny…great observation. There was something bothering me too, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. If it were mine, I’d kill the dormer, decrease the roof pitch on the porch, and beef up the columns so they look more substantial. Although that last part may have still been in the works when the pictures were taken. Still very cool.

    • Ray Erker
      August 23, 2014, 1:49 pm

      To me it looks like the dormer at the front porch would be there to keep the snow from falling straight off the front as you entered the house. So it stayed off to the sides. But I do agree, it isn’t a nice looking design with it where it is.

  • Bill Burgess
    August 21, 2014, 2:12 pm

    Alex I am almost ready to post the Paris rental rework at 4Fathoms Designs from your page. An my Santa Fe designs e-book is available.http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fstore.blurb.com%2Febooks%2F227343-napkins-not-just-a-meal-tool-400-square-feet-of-ideas&h=AAQF6Nzad

  • Cheryl
    August 22, 2014, 11:47 am

    I want to meet one of these men that build these little places, lol

  • Elle
    September 2, 2014, 1:49 pm

    I commented on this house before but feel the need to do so again; B-E-A-U-T–F-U-L!!! Can I borrow it sometime? 🙂

  • November 10, 2014, 6:38 am

    Salut, superbe construction, je voudrai savoir comment avez vous réalisez l’étanchéité du toit .

    Hi , superb construction, I want to know how did you make the roof sealing .

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