Living Large In Small Spaces - Sandy Point Cottage

Nineteenth post in the series 
"Living Large in Small Spaces"

4348 Point View Walk listing by Amy Raymond, Windmere Real Estate/South Whidbey

Hello Cottage Friends!

Thank you for joining me for another edition of Living Large In Small Spaces. 

Today we're going to tour a beach cottage full of character, and I also have some personal news to share with you.

But first, our tour. . .

The cottage is located in Langley, Washington on Whidbey Island. What I admire about this vintage shake-shingle charmer (besides the fantastic Sandy Point location) is its condition and historic integrity. I think you'll appreciate it, too.

The 1220 square foot cottage, built in 1917, has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and a sleeping porch. 

From the entry to the rear of the cottage -- and all points in between -- beadboard reigns.  On the walls, on the ceiling. . . and I believe it may all be original to the cottage, which to me is pretty exciting.

Built-in shelves run the length of the entry hall and reinforce the casual tone of the home.

Lots of windows mean an abundance of natural light and fantastic views of the Saratoga Passage.

A wood-burning stove in the fireplace ensures warm, cozy living room chats, or naps.

Furnishings are an eclectic mix of vintage, antique and a little bit of modern whimsy. 

The scale of this dining set is perfect for this small room. Natural wood looks so warm and makes a nice contrast against the white walls .

I'm in love with this bed. (Why is it I always want the beds from the homes I show you?)

The kitchen has no doubt been updated over time.

The owners did a great job of maintaining the vintage look while adding modern conveniences.

Notice the little pail hanging on the antique hook? It appears to be holding a chalkboard eraser and extra chalk. Cute idea.

Like the kitchen, the bathroom is pure vintage cottage.

French doors lead to the back deck.

This cottage offers an abundance of outdoor living space.

There are a quite a few exterior doors, but in my opinion that just adds to the charm. And probably provides nice cross breezes in the summer.

A vine-covered trellis in the back of the house offers shade and privacy.

An outdoor shower is a good idea for cleaning off the sand from the beach.

A charming cottage on the water. Who could ask for more?

I received no compensation for featuring this cottage, and I'm not endorsing its purchase, nor the realtor, nor the real estate listing. 

For more information about this cottage, see Amy Raymond's listing at Windermere Realty.

Now, friends, for my news (drum roll, please).

We'll soon be breaking ground on our new cottage! 

Yes! The building permit was approved on Wednesday.

Here's a sneak peak of the cottage: an architectural rendering compliments of my husband, who is the architect and artist.

We kept to our goal of a small, affordable cottage; it's 667 square feet. Twenty-seven square feet larger than our previous home. Those of you who have been following our odyssey know the effort it's taken us to get here. We've learned a lot through the challenges, though, and I believe the final outcome will be well worth all the work and patience.

I'll be posting more about the cottage design and sharing our construction progress here at A Joyful Cottage. I hope you'll join me on the journey. 


Join me next Saturday for another post in the special series

 Living Large in Small Spaces

See more home tours in the 
Living Large In Small Spaces Series here.

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shared in this series.
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  1. I love the home you featured. I especially love the bookcases. How exciting! Nancy, your new home is adorable! I look forward to following along. What a dream. Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. This is delightful. That view! And the trellis!

  3. Wow! Congratulations on being 'approved', lol! You bet I'll be there for the journey.

    1. Great! It'll be fun sharing it with you, Sue. :) Thank you.

  4. I love the ceilings in the cottage, I would just lay down and count boards instead of sheep! Super charming! Your cottage is adorable...fabulous...RED!! Of course, I will be following along and cheering for you and Dennis along the way! How completely fun! I can't wait to see how it all comes together! Congratulations!

  5. Woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations! and your design looks so adorable, I can't wait to see the floorplan!

    The featured cottage is right up my alley, love it!! Such a cute little house and one I would consider living in. Great feature Nancy! xoxoxo

  6. First... congratulations! I can't wait to see what you do :)

    Second... that cottage is adorable. LOVE the kitchen and that bed is darling. I agree with you.

  7. Love that beach cottage. Especially all the doors to the outside and all that outdoor living space.

    And, congratulations!!! How very exciting to be moving forward like this. I am so looking forward to following your progress!

    1. Thank you, Anne. Sharing our progress on the blog will be a lot of fun. :)

  8. I would love to live in a small cottage. It's something that i think about a lot. New jersey is a very
    expensive state to live in. I think your cottage is going to be beautiful. What a wonderful thing to look
    forward to.


  9. Congratulations Nancy, what great news, can't wait to see the journey unfold, and I love the look of your new home, with the big porch.
    I could easily live in your featured home, so many great details and lots of lovely white wood, but I especially like the outside spaces and the views.

  10. I LoVed that little cottage! I could move right in and be very comfortable ! I don't understand why people have such huge homes and then need a cleaner to come in. I'd even have room for my sewing machine and bins if fabric too. And the view! Oh my Gosh...look at the view . My Grandkids would love coming for holidays...and Congratulations on the approval of your new cottage too. How exciting! I will be looking forward to seeing all the progress! Have a wonderful week .
    Hugs Marg.

  11. What a lovely cottage! I could live there. I have been missing your posts on small spaces. I will have to go back through your posts.
    Looking forward to seeing the progress on your new cottage.

  12. The little Sandy Point cottage reminds me of something out of a movie. Can't you just imagine it? We've been to Whidbey Island once and it was amazing!

    I have no doubt that your cottage will turn out wonderful. You've spent so much time studying and your husband has the skills to make it just what you need and want. I can't wait to see it!

  13. Nancy,
    Another fun tour! 1917 Wow and so much of the original details preserved, I applaud that. Love the beadboard and built in bookcases. The bed reminded me of one very similar that my Grandmother sleep in. Cottage filled with charm galore and oh sigh to all the outdoor space and that wonderful trellis.
    Well Nancy it's the challenges in life that make the blessings sweeter. Love your husbands drawing of your soon to be precious cottage. Loving the roof line and the playful choice of red. Nice to be able to break ground to build your dream nest.
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  14. I love your informative cottage posts and this one is a great one!! I would have to agree that the beadboard all looks original...I think it looks narrower than beadboard done today. Perfect get away cottage and in such a pretty location. I wonder if it is for rent? I will look at the link you provided as well. So super excited for you and the cottage journey you will be embarking on! Love the drawing,,, you will have to frame it and find a perfect spot for once the cottage is done! Cheers my friend!

    1. Thanks, Dawna, for the encouraging words. Not sure about the rental aspect. I only know that it is for sale. xxx

  15. Beautiful feature today. And, congratulations on beginning your journey with the new cottage. It will be fun following along and I am so interested as we just had a carriage house built and will be adding on a small home in the near future. What a charming side entrance you will have. Have you found your spot to build the house on? Looking forward to tagging along. Deb

  16. Nancy I am soooo excited that you can begin building your cottage. I cannot wait to go along with the journey of bringing this to a new home. It will be fun to see the progress. Love this little cottage you showed today very sweet.

  17. Hi dear Nancy !! Que casa más de sueño ..Espero que tengas un bendecido domingo

  18. Love this cottage too. I saw that pail. Love the guitar and all the books. It's really cozy.
    I can't wait to see your new cottage space.

  19. Nancy, just love this pretty and relaxing looking. Thank you for sharing! Blessings to you and your husband on your new cottage....can't wait to see it!

  20. I'm a huge fan of beadboard! Love the arbor outside and all of the bright white spaces inside this cottage. Congrats on your new home!

  21. A hallway of books - what a fantastic idea!!! Nancy - how do you find such incredibly amazing places to share with us - it has been so exciting every Saturday to see which cottage you will be featuring next! Your narrated tour through the home is informative, and it just feels like I am roaming through the halls of the house with you! Just a joy, I tell you! And I can't even begin to tell you how thrilled I am that you have been approved to begin construction on your new home!!!!! I am looking forward to following along that journey with you as well! Blessings to you and Dennis in these exciting days of beginning to work on your new home!!!

  22. Hi....I just stumbled onto you the other glad I had me at..cottage..I look forward to the seeing how you put that small space to good use..Congrats.!!

    1. Thank you, and thanks for introducing yourself. I'm always happy to make a new friend. :)

  23. Completely in love with that Cottage and overly excited about the building of yours!

  24. Nancy!!!
    Congrats on your exciting journey. I can't wait to come along as you share this fascinating new project! EXCITED!
    Love today's cottage. Beadboard makes me weak in the knees. I'd wear it if I could! Lol What a lovely place to just be...
    Wishing you a beautiful start to a brand new week,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  25. Oh NANCY! What a rich and fabulous post today (but all your posts are a joy!)

    This seaside cottage is like a great mansion to me. Any home, whether small or grand is perfect if it has the ocean as it's garden! Magnificent and totally pleasing. AND YOUR HOME! I can't believe that your previous home was smaller? 667 sq feet is still small, but you have shown me that one can live in a small home and have large stores of happiness. I am so happy for you and that your dream is coming true. You know I will be here to follow you all the way! Blessings my friend! Anita

  26. I would trade my huge Victorian home for a cottage like this in a second! We will no doubt be downsizing in the future and this is just what I envision. Just the sketch of your new cottage looks like what I envision too! So happy for you!

  27. Hi Nancy,

    Another charming cottage, and this one on the water, wow! I love cedar shingles, it's so New England, to me, as is the white beadboard, (which I managed to get in my kitchen's open shelving; yay!). The shared open spaces, the pretty kitchen, and the outdoor decks make this cottage, for me, irresistible!

    Now, on to bigger things - congrats on your building permit approval!! How excited you and your husband must be. Am I to assume that the red exterior in the sketch will stay red? Hope so! All the very best with your new beginnings, and looking forward to your posts on its progress!


  28. No doubt about it . . . The cottage you featured was CHARM everywhere I looked. Comfort too!
    And I would never be complaining about the view! WOW . . .

    No doubt about it . . . I am thrilled for your breaking ground news! And the artist rendering shouts charm and comfort! I am happy I am along for the pictorial ride with you!

  29. Hi Nancy, What a charming cottage, I like all the beadboard too! So glad it still has a vintage feel to it. I especially like the little dining room and the cottage style bathroom, very cute! Such a lovely setting for a charming cottage!
    Congrats on the groundbreaking of your own little cottage, how exciting!

  30. Enjoyed another tour of a charming cottage and also love the bead-board! It's a great open space with loads of natural light. Congrats on the groundbreaking of your adorable cottage!


  32. I love the cottage you featured Nancy. My favorite things, the bookcase entry, the lamp shades, the porches and all that bead board.

    How excited you must be to finally break ground! I can't wait to see the completed cottage. How long do you think it will take to build it?

  33. The light in the Whidbey Island cottage is gorgeous! Great feature. As for your big news... Congratulations! I can't wait to follow your adventure. The rendering is delightful!

  34. Hi Nancy,
    I am so excited for you. Thank you for the peek of your new adventure. :-)) Are you living in the area you are going to build or are you moving?

    I love the cottage you shared. I love the art work in the home as well.

  35. How wonderful that the plans finally got approved, Nancy! :) I am so happy for you and your husband! :) Looking forward to following the process over the year.

    And the cottage is just magical! The vine-covered trellis is beautiful and so serene. I can easily imagine myself there :)

    I'll try your Dutch apple today btw. Will let you know how it goes :)

    Have a nice day!

  36. What warm and inviting spaces in this cottage! It doesn't seem small at all! Love it!

    Looking forward to hearing about your new cottage adventure!

  37. Another lovely tour~ :) and it will be fun to follow your construction :)

  38. Loved the tour Nancy and congrats on your exciting news...LOVE the sketch!

  39. I'll begin with the last - congratulations on getting your permit. That is always such a relief.

    I love Whidbey Island. My cousin lives in a tall, skinny place on the island with incredible views.

    The cottage on Sandy Point is wonderful and just enough space to live and be able to keep up so that you can have lots of time outdoors enjoying island life.

  40. Nancy, I am so excited for you! Your cottage is going to be filled with love. Love by you and love from all of us as we watch you take on this endeavor. Love all of that gorgeous bead board in this sweet thing you shared today. Boy do you ever make me want a cottage! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  41. This was another lovely cottage! I am drooling over that sleeping porch! We are big porch people here as it is the best place for our coffee together :) Nancy, I am so excited about your cottage plans too! I can't wait to follow your progress! Thank you for sharing this all on the Art of Home-Making Mondays :)

  42. Charming indeed. What a lovely and cozy cottage. It makes me want to just sit back, breath deeply, and relax... Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. :)

    Life With Lorelai

    1. Thanks for the invitation. I'll try to make it to the next party.


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