This one bedroom, one bath tiny house plan is practical and stylish.
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Cottage House by Group3
Credit: Dale Watson

Whether you're downsizing for retirement or just looking for the ultimate mother-in-law suite, this tiny house plan works for everyone. With one bedroom, one bathroom, and a sizeable kitchen this 540-square-foot house plan has just the right amount of space for one or two. A covered porch offers extra living space so you can really enjoy your surroundings.

About the Plan

Plan Designer: Group3 Designs
Name: Garden Cottage
Size: 540 square feet
Plan: SL-1830

Why We Love It

Rick Clanton, co-principal at Group3 Designs, puts it best: "Small scale can feel really good. I imagine walking through the front door at the end of the day with my wife and looking out at a big view of nature and just being happy." That vibe is why this cottage delights. Its practical floor plan covers all the basic needs with a living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bath so the real focus is on getting you to enjoy your surroundings. Clanton conceived the home so the front door could face a main house (if necessary) and the side porch could look out onto a lake, pool, or forest vista.

Wow Factor

The Lowcountry familiarity makes it welcoming and versatile. "Most traditional houses are very simple in shape," Clanton says, noting that he was inspired by timeworn beach houses he's seen in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. "There's this one that's old, shingled, and kind of dilapidated, but it has this perfectly aged, lived-in look. So I hoped to capture that same feeling without any of the mustiness." While this plan is certainly customizable, he says maintaining proportion is key. Adding wings would be fine, but don't stretch the gable too much. In other words: Keep it simple.

Comments (6)

Martha Stewart Member
December 2, 2021
Charming, but really nowhere to put a dining table, and a 15’x11’ living room won’t accommodate even a small one. I suppose one could eat standing over the kitchen sink, or on a TV tray while sitting on a sofa.
Martha Stewart Member
September 2, 2021
Looks nice plus the out door area ...cute & cozy, but 540 sq ft for 2 people. If there was a tad bit more with a half bath, sure 😊
Martha Stewart Member
June 30, 2019
It’d be even better if the fireplace was 2-way. Love it!
Martha Stewart Member
June 29, 2019
Love it!
Martha Stewart Member
June 17, 2019
I love it. I'm one person and I could easily live there - IF - remove the tub and put in stackable washer and dryer. Otherwise, this plan would only work for vacation or weekend stays.
Martha Stewart Member
June 14, 2019
Perfect, just what anyone could live in and be happy!