1. Plan the cottage carefully
Challenge the professionalism of your cottage manufacturer’s designer. There may be little room in terms of floor space, but cubic volume is another matter. For example, a loft used for sleeping can free up space for spending time together downstairs. Is a mini kitchen enough indoors, because don’t you do a lot of cooking outdoors in the summer anyway?
Release your inner minimalist, functionalist or konmarist. Every item must have a purpose, there won’t be any room for bric-a-brac. Only accept critically important items. How little can you manage with? A bed can double as a sofa, and a bench as a storage box. Maybe a folding table that you lift against the wall?
3. Remember to be ecological
Mini cottages are often sought after because they are ecological. Construction requires little in way of foundations, and the plot can be in its natural state. Solar panel prices have come down and the technology has improved, so the panels may be able to provide all the electricity you need. Take this into account already when planning your mini cottage.
4. Create space with light
Don’t be stingy with the size or number of windows in the planning stage. Beautifully entering light makes even a small space appear bigger. Remember to have a window also in the loft.
5. Make use of every nook and cranny
Standard cabinets are rarely a good solution for mini cottages, so favor bespoke cabinets. For example, you can have a cabinet under the loft stairs.
Text: Sirkku Saariaho