"There is room in the smallest cottage
for a happy loving pair."
~ Friederich Schiller
The story of our cottage begins in July 2013 when we sold our Colorado cabin and moved to Northeast Oregon. Our goal was to simplify our lives and live as debt free as possible. We knew we'd need to live in a small home, but that wasn't a concern as the house we had just sold was only 640 sq ft and we had enjoyed its diminutive size.
Dennis, my artist husband, is a retired architect. In April 2014 we purchased a lot in a very small town and together began designing our new cottage.
By the end of the year we had completed the design and hired a contractor. Construction of our 670 sq ft cottage and 190 sq ft artist's studio began on February 9, 2015.
On February 19th I posted Our New Cottage - Progress Report #1 and went on to journal the entire project on this blog.
|Cottage and artist studio (on the right) joined by breezeway.|
Fourteen project reports later construction was complete. On August 10th I cooked my first meal in our new kitchen.
See more of our cottage kitchen here.
Our cottage living space is completely open. The kitchen is on one end, the sitting area on the other.
The fireplace sits between the two spaces.
My studio is at the front of the cottage.
See more of my studio here.
Just a little peek at our bedroom. Still working on this.
A very teeny peek into our bath.
I'm still in the interior decorating stage. I'll post more photos as the rooms are completed.
The artist in his studio.
Our first Christmas 2015
Dennis and I continue to work on landscaping, storage needs and other odds and ends. I guess home owners are never really done with home improvement projects are they?
If you're interested in seeing the entire journal of our cottage build from start to finish, you can click here to go to the final report and scroll down to the bottom of the page where you'll find a link to the first report. From there you can follow through all the other progress reports in order.