A Tiny Cottage in Paradise

Those who have lived in a village or town filled with green spaces but have later had to move to a city for work, as very many humans have to do, continue to miss the green and open of countryside. A viable option for some is, if they have the savings for it, to purchase even a small farm of a few acres or a small building plot of a few hundred yards in a picturesque mountain village and build their own tiny dream cottage on it to visit in holidays or even move to for longer stays in retirement if conditions permit. One on sale may already be available but renovations cost a lot and one may never figure out where the kitchen drain leads to or how to fix the leak in the roof.

Earth is not paradise but bits of it lie scattered across the Earth. If one looks around one can locate one such in most any country, at a location that is not difficult to access. It may be pointed out that investing in land is likely the best option in these uncertain economic times. After having acquired the land, one needs to build on it and building just a tiny cottage that does not cost an arm and a leg to build and another arm to maintain later is enough if required for holidays or even longer stays in retirement. This blog has proposed several designs for such tiny homes and cottages in some earlier posts, here is yet another one.

The new design emerged when recently my Godson, Shyamu purchased a small plot of land near his ancestral farmlands where he hopes that in the years ahead he could build a small cottage for his old age. He is only 36 now but following in my footsteps he has realized it is a wise thing to begin this task while one is still young and active. Since he had managed to save enough money to purchase the plot, he went ahead. The task of designing the cottage fell on me and after struggling with dimensions of the area and his needs, a design emerged as shown here as one of the designs. It is shared here for anyone out there who may be interested because I felt the design is attractive for most anyone. All the details are not described here but a discerning user would be able to figure that out from the image. The total covered area is a little less than six hundred square feet. There is no internal staircase in the design but there is an external one possible from the outside at the back as suggested in the figure. However the plan can be extended to include an internal staircase as shown in the second figure. In this case the covered area would increase to a little less than 800 square feet, Around 30 feet x 28 feet, and yield additional spaces in the home.

For some reason, some of the grid markings were lost in conversion to a jpg image, nevertheless an architect or engineer can deduce the dimensions from the ones that remain. The walls have been shown as one foot thick here but they could be a little less or more depending on the construction method. The reader may note that unlike small urban one-bed room flats, here the bedroom is larger than the living room. The reason for that is urban dwellers especially younger persons need a larger living room to entertain and a small bedroom suffices because they spend little time there except to sleep or to do something that is done just as well in a tiny place. However, for retired persons these needs reverse and must be kept in mind.

There now, you do not need to blow money on architect. Take a print from this blog and finalize the details with a contractor. Best wishes.

Design for a country cottage by Dr. Ashok 2018


Ashok said…
This cottage does need a patio/verandha and it can be introduced at the back or front depending on which attracts the winter sun. It is not shown in the figure.
Ashok said…
In case this design is chosen for an urban or semi urban wooden home in the west a basement can be added that would have two entrances , on as a part of the existing staircase and a second one from outside the basement can then have a small utilities area, a store and the rest a large open space that can be used for entertaining and/or for children. A large basement can be similarly added if this a cottage on a farm.There will be additional costs for this extension. Similarly the plan is suitable for additional rooms on the first floor because it has a comfortable and spacious staircase. These additional details depend on the budget and needs of the owner.
Ashok said…
It is wise to construct a home in two or three phases to ease the task provided the design is suitable for it. The first and second design illustrate the two possible stages clearly, the second being an extension to add the staircase. Similarly an upper level could be the third stage
Ashok said…
Someone close to me has loved this design for a cottage on his farm.due to its compact and simple nature but he needs a largish Hall too, around 20 by 20 feet or 15 by 25 feet for ooccassional large parties or religious gatherings
For that his plan is now to construct a separate Hall surrounded on three sides by water of a pond on the farm, something like a Japanese tea room but with western style seating in light construction of glass, steel and some unplasteted brick work with its own outdoor one side open kitchen all in tin roofs but covered in grape and flowering vines. The leaves cool in summer and shed in winter to warm the structure.
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