From the street view, the Iris Cottage is a modern country-inspired design. The clean lap siding combined with a rich display of windows makes this small house plan an attractive option for a variety of uses. With the demand for housing in urban areas at an all time high the Iris Cottage could be constructed as a secondary dwelling unit. Backyard cottage (granny flats, or carriage houses) have all seen increased demand as homeowners’ look to leverage their larger lots or get into the rental market. Or for those looking to escape the concrete jungle the Iris Cottage is comfortable enough to serve as a standalone cabin plan for either a vacation home or year-round residence.
The large, covered patio makes a welcoming first impression and is an ideal location for patio furniture. Through the front door the floor plan immediately opens to the great room. A bright and open, informal gathering space which is filled with natural light from the large sliding glass door and clerestory above. A double sliding glass door opens the great room back to the front covered patio where an outdoor living room could be set up for warm summer days. When the season transitions and the days grow shorter and darker a fireplace at the end of the great room warms the space and can be enjoyed throughout the living area.
An island with an eating bar provides some visual separation of the kitchen, which is well-appointed with modern appliances and a small wall pantry. Hidden behind a pocket door off the kitchen is a closet with stacking washing and dryer.
Towards the back of the floor plan the ceiling drops as it transitions to the bedroom hallway. Between the two bedrooms is a full, compartmentalized bathroom. The slightly larger bedroom has direct access to the shared bathroom giving it the feeling of a master bedroom.
While the Iris Cottage is a small house plan at 800 square feet, it is a flexible design equally well suited for urban or rural settings.