The tiny house craze has hit the beach!
In recent years a growing number of Americans have discovered the simply joys (and lowered costs) of living in minimalist homes. These “tiny houses” typically range from 200 sq. ft. to about 1000 sq. ft. By way of comparison, the average new American home is about 2,600 sq. ft.
Given the growing popularity of tiny houses, its no surprise they are now all the rage along the seashore. Check out these five little beach getaway homes:
Photos: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Karin Lidbeck from Coastal Living
1. Classic New England Cottage (850 sq. ft., Provincetown, MA) – With classic Cape Cod elements like cedar shingles and wood shutters, this restored 1930’s bungalow also boasts a wraparound porch for relaxing or entertaining. The floors and ceilings have been whitewashed to reflect the littoral sunlight. Windows in the dining room were converted to French doors to allow easy access to the porch.
Photos: Jeff Zaruba from Coastal Living
2. Charming California Cottage (390 sq. ft., Point Reyes, California) – This former dairy farm’s bathhouse got a makeover and now serves as a guesthouse, complete with a kitchen, bedroom and showers. Elements of the classic farmhouse remain, including a gabled roof crafted of red corrugated metal, tongue-and-groove siding, and a sizable wraparound porch. In the kitchen, saloon-style swinging doors separate twin shower stalls from the kitchen and living area. The décor style is definitely Americana. The bedroom is home to a 14-foot vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. The owners used the same composite flooring on the porch as the kitchen and bath, which acts to unify the small space.
Photos: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Matthew Gleason from Coastal Living
3. Tiny Beach House (200 sq. ft., Cape Cod, MA) – The exterior may lack frills, but this tiny surf shack is well groomed on the inside. The living space/sleeping space hosts a daybed that’s bolted to the wall behind but appears to float by the addition of nautical ropes from the bed to the ceiling. The kitchen has open cabinets to make the space more airy and to show off collected dishware. Storage in the living area is also open, turning beach gear like towels and other accessories into decorative elements.
Photos: Elsa Young from Coastal Living
4. Tiny British Beach House (396 sq., Seasalter, England) – The narrow strip of beach on England’s southeastern tip is home to several little chalets. At 11 feet by 36 feet, this is truly tiny. The key to this cottage’s success is that all of the space is smartly used. In the kitchen, small-scale appliances are functional without taking up too much space. Small rugs set the living spaces apart, and in the living room, a daybed in place of a couch creates a more flexible space for lounging or sleeping. From the bedroom to the dining area to the kitchen, white walls set off a colorful collection of treasures gathered from all over the world.
Photos: Tria Giovan; Stylist: Heather Chadduck from Coastal Living
5. Hamptons Getaway Cottage (930 sq. ft.; South Hamptons, NY) – This hideaway rests on a marsh grass-bordered creek. A bank of windows in the living room makes the space feel larger. This cottage comes complete with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The kitchen is open and airy and boasts a farmhouse sink, glass-fronted cabinetry, and a breakfast bar perfect for small gatherings. Hues throughout of blue and cream give this getaway a peaceful and tranquil vibe.