Six homeowners find big-time pleasure in their tiny retreats.
By Cynthia Anderson
Photographed by Irvin Serrano
Natural light and waterfront views abound in this intimate retreat.
Efficiency was perhaps the main consideration in the building of this small house, which was designed by R. McAllister Lloyd, founder of Creative Cottages, and built by Lloyd and his crew in a Brunswick warehouse. The exterior shell, complete with windows and siding, was flat-bedded to Freeport and hoisted into place by a crane. On site, the house went up within days.
Lloyd wanted to build a place that was scaled down but didn’t feel cramped. Accordingly, the 19-by-22–foot cottage has a full kitchen and comfortable bath, along with a laundry, gas fireplace, and large overhead loft for storage. Light streams in through dormers and a wall of glass, which means interior lights aren’t needed until “well after the sun has set,” Lloyd says.
A Soothing Palette, Outdoorsy Touches
The furnishings and artwork provide splashes of color against the warm beiges and grays of the cultured-stone fireplace, pickle-washed finishes, and wood-grain ceramic floor tiles. In the bathroom, a beach-stone shower floor flows into the rest of the room, and transom windows allow for natural light. “Our philosophy was to try to bring the outside in,” says Lucy Lloyd, who runs Creative Cottages with her husband.
Designer/Builder: R. McAllister Lloyd
Cost to build: undisclosed
Square feet: 418, plus unfinished storage loft
Bedrooms: 1 (studio)
Heat: radiant electric plus gas fireplace