Here’s the Cottage in March, 2011.
Here it is with a new door in May.
And now the trim has been painted and the windows puttied.
The Cottage is about the size of a two-car garage. (Sometime in its past life it probably was a garage.) It’s one large room with a separate bathroom and a floating wall behind which acts as a closet/laundry area.
There’s a propane furnace on the wall near the side of the bed which keeps it really toasty in the winter and is controlled by a programmable thermostat near the bathroom.
As you enter the front and only door, directly ahead is the bed in front of a floating wall (wall is not attached to anything and can move forward and back and minimally side to side).
Now that the furniture and the side wall have been painted it looks like this from a slightly different angle.
Dividing the left and right side of the room is a ladder/stair unit that allows access into a full but low attic. Theses stairs are retractable into the ceiling so do not always stay in the down position although they are difficult for
one person me to manage.
Here’s a more advanced floorplan with furniture that is currently in the cottage. (All sizes are approximate.)
We’ve put the garden furniture seen here in the sitting area. The
And a view out the window for which I have dyed some curtains.
As you can see in the plan above there’s a closet area and washer/dryer at the back of the Cottage on the left behind the floating wall. The round thing next to the washer/dryer that looks like a tire is a hot water heater for the cottage only.
At the back of the Cottage on the right is the bathroom.
This room is difficult to photograph because it’s long and narrow and the vanity and toilet are both in their own alcoves.
The toilet is directly across from the sink.
In the future I’d like to move the desk near the bed and replace it with a cabinet and counter for a microwave and/or toaster oven and a small fridge. On the wall under the window is a drain for a sink. So I’d also like to have a small sink installed and this could be a cooking/food prep area for simple meals. My concept is sketched below.
Such a needy little place. But it’s a nice get-away and perfect for family and guests: private but close-by.
I hope this recent round of upgrades will last a long time. Do you have a little get-away? They have a term for this now in the architectural design biz: POYO – a place of your own. It doesn’t have to be large, serenity and satisfaction are the watchwords. Have you got a place like that? I’d love to hear about it!