two stories make a tiny presence

Why not consider a traditional two-story home? The footprint remains tiny, yet living space expands to around 550-800 square feet before adding porches.

Pennywise cottages use historical shapes, roofs, cladding, windows and doors. Interiors include bedrooms, bathrooms, parlors, kitchens and porches. Take a look at these examples, manufactured and delivered for on-site assembly.

Southern Piedmont Cottage - This 1700s style has a hipped roof, entablatures and pilasters, and a gabled front porch. Measures  806 sq. ft. with an 87 sq. ft. porch. (Pennywise)

Southern Piedmont Cottage – This 1700s style has a hipped roof, entablatures and pilasters, and a gabled front porch. Measures 806 sq. ft. with an 87 sq. ft. porch. (Pennywise)

New Republic Cottage - In the 1700s, these Greek Revivals were popularized as the National style. Measures 560 sq.ft. with an 800 sq. ft. porch (Pennywise)

New Republic Cottage – In the 1700s, these Greek Revivals were popularized as the National style. Measures 560 sq.ft. with an 800 sq. ft. porch (Pennywise)

Chesapeake Tidewater Cottage - English settlers, from the 1700s, built these cottages in MD and VA colonies. Measures 611 sq. ft. with a 168 sq. ft. porch. (Pennywise)

Chesapeake Tidewater Cottage – English settlers, from the 1700s, built these cottages in MD and VA colonies. Measures 611 sq. ft. with a 168 sq. ft. porch. (Pennywise)

Western Reserve Cottage - After the Revolutionary War, these cottages were built in current-day Ohio. Measures 708 sq. ft. with a 340 sq. ft. porch. (Pennywise)

Western Reserve Cottage – After the Revolutionary War, these cottages were built in current-day Ohio. Measures 708 sq. ft. with a 340 sq. ft. porch. (Pennywise)

Louisiana Creole Cottage - French, Canadian and West Indies merge, with tall windows, a wide porch and broken-pitch roof. Measures 708 sq. ft. with a 154 sq. ft. porch. (Pennywise)

Louisiana Creole Cottage – French, Canadian and West Indies merge, with tall windows, a wide porch and broken-pitch roof. Measures 708 sq. ft. with a 154 sq. ft. porch. (Pennywise)

Update: We have received many questions. For Pennywise floor plan overviews, please click images above. For info about modular/kit homes, reach Kathie Friedley at kathie-at-russellversaci.com or 540-687-8777.

2 thoughts on “two stories make a tiny presence

  1. I have a lot on Bogue Banks in Atlantic Beach NC. I would like to build a small home for a narrow lot. I really would like the master down and can only have two bedrooms. A king size bed is a must. Of course curb appeal is very important to me and want something that will sell good latter on. Can u help me?

    1. Robin,

      Thanks for your question about planning your Bogue Banks house. What a great place to own land!

      I believe you should be able to build one upstairs bedroom (or open loft) as well as a master downstairs, even in a small place. Below are several traditional style sources and suggestions that might work for you. They do have curb appeal, too.

      Also here’s some information gathering steps to understand your building plans and requirements. Forgive me if you have already been through these steps.

      Reaching out to your municipality

      From Atlantic Beach’s website, your first contact would be Jessica Fiester, Planning & Zoning Director, (252) 726-4456. We suggest visiting the town offices to ask zoning (PDF map) and other questions.

      1 – Zoning – For your exact lot, what is the minimum and maximum square footage permitted there? Are there height restrictions?
      2 – Building – What are the building codes? Are you near all utilities? What’s required due to barrier island status?
      3 – Costs – What does it cost to get approved for a build, including all zoning, building and utility costs?

      Selecting plans and getting them approved

      If you know the minimum square footage and more, then it is time to pick your home plans. My sense is they will need to be adjusted by design and maybe engineering services. Figuring you appreciate traditional styles, here’s a list to explore:

      1 – Take a peek at the Tumbleweed cottages. The company focuses on tiny homes, whether on wheels or foundations. Cottage style plans are traditional and very eye-pleasing! Some plans offer back bedroom additions, and all may be adjusted by an external designer.

      2 – Search on styles and square footage at Houseplans.com, which offers house plans, design services and cost-to-build estimate services. Try Peter Brachvogel’s smaller homes or Marianne Cusato’s designs. This tiny tower could be coastal cool as a two-story (no garage) option, no?

      3 – In the two-story article above, we pointed to Russell Versaci’s historical designs and cottage plans (PDF, scroll down). Some others are very narrow, too. You may buy plans or a partial pre-fab solution, which may be pricey.

      4 – Check out Southern Living plans (under 900 sf) which are sold on the magazine site. We picked out a few in a recent article, including a narrow New Orleans home. Plans may be adjusted by Architectural Overflow.

      I hope this note helps you keep exploring and making progress, and let us know if want to connect further: tinyhousejoy1-at-gmail-dot-com.

      tinyhousejoy1 (aka Debby)

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