Living Large, Being Small

May 24, 2016

By Tab Byrum


Downsizing or living smaller is definitely becoming a trend in this world, whether you’re in favor of it due to personal, economic or environmental reasons one thing for certain is you don’t have to give up style and comfort to do it. I was very intrigued recently when I read an article about The Cottage Co., a company dedicated to “building pocket neighborhood communities of compact homes” in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. As you can see from the pictures I’m sharing today the homes all have a definite cottage/farmhouse feel to them and neighborhoods are landscaped beautifully. The homes feature great front porches to sit on and enjoy sunny days, there are wonderful kitchens with tons of storage and dine-in space as well as beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms. Many of the homes feature skylights and vaulted ceilings to help your smaller surroundings not feel so small. I’m definitely interested in this concept, wouldn’t this be a great thing to do in areas of cities that have gotten run down? Hopefully, there will be more companies like The Cottage Co. popping up across the country, in the meantime enjoy these images from their website and click on their name above in orange to visit their website. Enjoy!!!


So far, The Cottage Co. has built eight of these communities in around the Seattle area. 


As you can see the homes have open floor plans and where there is a need for a wall or pillars for support those are opened up as well. 


A view from the living area to the kitchen, granite counter tops are used and high end appliances. 


There are lots of windows and skylights throughout the homes to allow for lots of natural light. 


These homes all remind me of farmhouses and homes in my hometown, two stories with straight lines. 


Lots of lush landscaping and a common area in front of this grouping of cottages looks very appealing. 

Images and Information
are courtesy of
The Cottage Co. 

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