A Forty-Eight Square Foot Micro Cottage for Two


The tiny house movement has gained significant popularity in recent years, appealing to individuals seeking a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle. These small, compact dwellings, typically ranging from 100 to 400 square feet, offer an alternative to traditional, larger homes. However, we at Mint Message also enjoy talking about places that are even smaller than the average size described above for a tiny house and how people with ingenuity can expand how such houses can be made with a small amount of living space.

For example, there is a micro cottage that exists for two people that is only forty-eight square feet in size. The design is called My Tiny Bird House and it was created by one MJ Boyle. The house is even available as a vacation rental and it is currently being rented out to people on Airbnb for anyone interested in having a cheap place to stay.

So, what can you fit into such a small cabin? Well, this particular tiny abode can fit two twin beds in a bunk bed style, a small kitchenette for cooking, a private outdoor shower, a BBQ, a deck, and a pullout toilet. That is a decent amount of amenities to fit in such a small package - and like any good tiny house, it is designed so it can be expanded later.


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- Pew Charitable Trusts. (2019). The environmental impact of tiny houses. Pew Environment Group.

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