Cute cottages

Shiny Tiny Mansion

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

Located near Millersburg, Ohio, this sweet cottage is a mere 450 square feet. But it looks so much bigger in the pictures…. maybe it’s because the homeowners follow, nay, embody the philosophy of “Live small to have it all!”

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

A couple named Sue & Ron live in this tiny cottage. They hand-built it themselves over a 6 year period.

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

Ron & Sue are old hands at tiny house living – married since 1986, the largest house they ever had was 900 square feet.

On their website, they make no bones about the fact that they are driven by years of experience, living small before it was even cool:

We are not young, idealistic dreamers, fresh out of college, thinking we can change the world.

We are old, idealistic dreamers, fresh out of youth, hoping we can change the world, but knowing at least we can share our decades of small living experiences and contribute to the conversation

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

Ron and Sue like to call it a “Movement Towards Rational Habitation.” The concept is to live richly with only what you need – an idea that has been gaining traction for a few years now, especially since the housing market went bust in ’08 and so many lost their homes to foreclosure.

image from:http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from:http://shinytinymansion.com/

The Shiny Tiny Mansion may be a mere 450 square feet but look at the delightful decor…

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

And it’s not paired down or minimalist in any way! There are lots of nooks and crannies for storage and beloved bric-a-brac is on display throughout.

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

The kitchen packs a whole lot of charm and utility into a very small space:

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

The bathroom/laundry area is a little larger than the kitchen, but no skimping on style here:

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

It helps that Ron and Sue are intrinsically creative people. Ron is a furniture designer/craftsman and artist, and Sue is a writer/artist and craftswoman.

Their whimsical and fun sense of style is found on every wall.

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

The cozy bedroom in the loft is the kind of place you just want to nest in all winter long…

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

image from: http://shinytinymansion.com/

The Shiny Tiny Mansion is a shining example of living responsibly with a smaller footprint – without losing the comfort of “home”.

 

Check out what Ron & Sue have to say on their websites:

shinytinymansion.com

Sue’s website:

susanfaithcorl.com

Ron’s website:

roncorldesign.com

 

The Little Cottage on Maple Avenue

photo courtesy of David Lacey

photo courtesy of David Lacey

My friend Canadian artist David Lacey and his wife Heather Stephens like to tackle house projects in their spare time. They are probably laughing boisterously as they read this because they have so many “project” houses, that they have no spare time. David and Heather are also responsible for the X-permit Cabin, The Remodeled School House, and their own home, A Seaside Retreat.

Their latest adventure is 43 Maple Avenue in beautiful Wolfville, Nova Scotia. They bought it as an investment to rent but it needed some work.

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Priory Cottage

image from: http://www.countrylife.co.uk/

image from: http://www.countrylife.co.uk/

Thatched roof cottage in a village in the English countryside? For sale and fully renovated? Rose covered?

Here you go!

image from: http://www.countrylife.co.uk/

image from: http://www.countrylife.co.uk/

The roof has recently been rethatched and the exterior is impeccable for its age.
“Charming”, “Idyllic” and “Quiet” are the descriptive words used in the listing write-up, as you might expect.

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Cozy Colorado Victorian for sale

image from: realtor.com

image from: realtor.com

I found this vintage cottage in the mountain town of Georgetown, Colorado.

Georgetown is a historic landmark district that has been kept largely in its Victorian state. The town definitely has that Hallmark Christmas card feel about it.

image from: thedenverchannel.com

image from: thedenverchannel.com

In fact, our favorite singer here at House Crazy – John Denver – was so taken with the village that he actually filmed a movie in Georgetown back in 1986 called The Christmas Gift.

The price of this 1880 two-bedroom bungalow is $335,000. That may seem high for a small older home, but keep in mind that Georgetown is just a short drive from world class skiing. And look how perfect it is inside…

image from: realtor.com

image from: realtor.com

The house has southern exposure – which is a big selling point in these high mountain towns surrounded by towering mountain ranges.

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1923 Sears Kit Home for sale in Venice, CA

image from: www.redfin.com

image from: www.redfin.com

This adorable home in trendy Venice, California is heating up the house web with debate about its origins.

It is purported to be a Sears and Roebuck Co mail order kit home but there is some disagreement as to what model it is.

image from: www.redfin.com

image from: www.redfin.com

Curbed LA had the opinion that the home was a Silverdale model but my first thought was that it looked nothing like a Silverdale, even with modifications that may have been made over the years.

Discussion on the Sears Homes Facebook page confirmed what I suspected.

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