Look no further than this one of a kind layout from Cozy Home Plans. The 432 sq. ft. Firefly’s design creates an amazing 2 bedroom compact cabin, with all the amenities you would typically find in one of our small houses. As a matter of fact, this home would be a perfect full time tiny house for anyone needing a 2nd bedroom or private office.
The Firefly’s 8’-6” x 9’ seating area comfortably seats 3 or 4 and has room for a built-in entertainment center too. The large Kitchen and Bathroom makes cooking and getting ready for more than one person really easy. The Bedrooms are a little snug, but with the utilization of built-in storage options and room for a private TV, their perfect for sleeping & relaxing in. We also added an extra door in Bedroom #1 for easy access to your backyard oasis or garden.
The “6 Must Haves” are included in 98% of our small house designs; it’s what sets us apart from other micro & tiny house designers. This one is no exception…
#1 The half Galley & “U” Kitchen has 9 cabinets, plus a pantry with extra room for a built in buffet adding additional counter top space & appliance storage.
#2 The custom storage beds have enough room for a Queen mattress in bedroom #1 and a Twin in #2.
#3 The full Bath includes room a standard 5’ tub or 60” shower pan, whichever is preferred.
#4 Storage areas include the custom beds; linen closet, cabinets, coat closet and bedroom chifferobe’.s
#5 We added room for the optional stackable Washer/Dryer centrally located in the hall or it becomes over 4’ of additional storage without it.
#6 The open Kitchen & Gathering room creates a more Spacious feel and a good first impression.
Cozy HP is all about making unique Micro, Tiny & Small houses completely full-time livable. Even the ones we would consider more of a guest house, weekend retreat or getaway cabin like the Firefly.
We now have 121 sets divided into 14 collections or ascending square footage starting at 64 sq ft. and going up. Flickr has almost 2000 3D renderings of what Living large in a Cozy Home would look like. Proudly offering 1 to 5 bedrooms and 1 to 3 bathrooms, all under 1000 sq. ft. with 76 of them under 500 sq. ft.
Cozy, Kevin B Harrington
One way that we make discovering the perfect Cozy Home so easy is by separating the 120+ sets that are currently in Flickr, into different collections. The “pro” is this narrows your search into more specific categories, eliminating the wasting of time looking at something that won’t work for you. Of course the “con” is that you will be missing out on some of what makes Cozy Home Plans so unique. These 14 different categories break them all of our mini-micro, little tiny & our small cozy homes down by size, bedroom etc…
#1 Cozy’s Most Unique currently has 20 sets in it. I wouldn’t necessarily call them my favorites or Greatest Hits! But they certainly won’t disappoint you with their uniqueness.
#2 Cozy 1 Bed 1 Bath Plans have a separated bedroom behind a wall with 25 to choose from in that one.
#3 Cozy also has 20 different 1 Bedroom Open Plan
#4 Has 19 sets of Cozy 2 Bedroom
#5 Cozy’s 3 Bedroom
#6 Believe it or not, Cozy also has 6 designs that are 4+ Bedroom
#7 Has 13 sets of two story plans ranging from 240 -781 sq. ft. Oh by the way, one of those is a three story small house called the Beacon Hill. Three guesses why I chose that name?
#8 Our micro section of 200 sq. ft. & Under has 16 sets like the Cozy Cube.
#9 Between 201-300 sq. ft. has 18 sets to peruse.
#10 Homes from 301-400 sq. ft. has 19 sets.
#11 Small Cozy homes between 401-500 sq. ft. has a plethora of 22 to choose from like the Sawtooth Mountain.
#12 “Bigger” small Homes from 501-600 sq. ft. currently has 11 sets like the Glen Ivy.
#13 If 601- 700 sq. ft. is your target, we have 16 in that one.
#14 Cozy Home Plans over 701
These numbers are constantly changing due to adding new plans, deleting ones that show minimal interest and my constant desire to modify them as new ideas spark changes in the layout. I don’t mind changing them; it’s all about making them Cozier while becoming even more functional.
Cozy, Kevin B Harrington
This so far it’s our largest floor plan, but after checking it out… we think you will still give it the Cozy seal of approval though. The Grand Three-ton is the new big brother of our Stock plan Grand Teton. This home is an amazing combination of owner comfort with privacy, plus generous open spaces for the family getting together. All this in 1000 sq. ft. and we even put another first into this one, a two car garage!
The open and spacious main area includes the Gathering with fireplace, Dining and Kitchen with breakfast bar. If you enjoy cooking, this Kitchen has room for 4 burner cooktop and a double oven set-up with plenty of room for two. The main Bedroom is still separated, but this time we add an additional sink area next to Bathroom #2 so everyone can get ready at the same time. This is a Cozy version of the Jack & Jill bath. Bedroom #2 & #3 are both configured to accommodate a desk are and provide plenty of storage nooks. Bedroom #1 is all about luxury with its own desk area too. It includes a private bath with over-sized shower, hers and ours closets; “any married man will understand that one”… plus separate access to the backyard. We’ve rendered it with a semi-private hot-tub area to show one possibility for this space.
Our “6 Must Haves” make this home perfect for any small family.
#1 This gourmet Galley Kitchen would make the “inner chef” in all of us thrilled. It includes 13 cabinets; large pantry, space for an over-sized fridge, four burners and two ovens, not to mention being an eat-in one too.
#2 Enough room for a King Size mattress in Bedroom #1 and a Twins in Bedroom #2 & 3.
#3 The home includes one full Bath, large 3/4 and an additional sink.
#4 Storage areas include the coat; Bedroom closets, linen, washer/dryer area, plus a double garage too!
#5 Space for a Washer/Dryer in the hall can accommodate a full sized set.
#6 This Cozy home has some great Spaces…
Gathering room with vaulted ceiling and FP.
Corner nook just perfect for a china hutch.
Rear and Side patios for BBQing and entertaining.
Regardless of what you’re looking for in a small house, we may have it here at Cozy Home Plans. Offering 121 choices for vacation getaways; country retreats, hunting lodges, rustic log cabins to full time cottage homes for single, couples and small families. This is just one of 8 sets in Flickr that have three bedrooms to choose from.
It’s all about Living Large in a Cozy Home! Even if there is more than one of you.
Cozy, Kevin B Harrington
The blog, Backyard Home Pros, recently posted an article about the Noritz Tankless water heater that saves room by fitting snuggly into the exterior wall studs of your tiny or small home. Most tank water heaters can take up approximately 8-10 square feet of space and even a regular tankless water heater needs space for accessibility and will usually be installed on the outside of a home, which on a small home, is less than pretty.
The Noritz Tankless water heaters are eco-friendly and energy efficient and can provide up to 40 percent in utility cost savings. The water heaters come in several different sizes and models including the NRC83 with a maximum of 157,000 btuh and weighs about 60 lbs. One of their smallest water heaters is the indoor/outdoor NR50 which has a maximum of 120,000 btuh and only weighs 33 lbs. Each of the water heaters come with a tiny enclosure that protects the studs, insulation and the interior walls from leaking and damage. A small cover or door can be placed over the unit for access from the outside. The one disadvantage I see is that insulation cannot be added in front or behind the unit.
According to Noritz, a tankless water heater also reduces carbon emissions. If every U.S. household installed a tankless water heater, it would equate to the CO2 savings of taking about 6.7 million cars off the nation’s roads. In addition, Noritz instant hot water units last up to twice as long as traditional water tanks and use recycled components and replaceable parts which keeps older water heaters out of landfills.
All of our micro, tiny and small home designs anticipate using both a tankless water heater and a mini-split ductless heating and cooling system. Space saving and efficiency go hand in hand here at Cozy Home Plans.
Photos by Backyard Home Pros and Noritz
Thought I would share a few questions from recent emails and conversations about our small house floor plans. My answers reflect Cozy’s philosophy and how we fit into the current and future housing market.
How can you be a part of the Tiny House movement with a floor plan that’s 1000 sq. ft.?
Being affiliated with the Tiny House movement is a wonderful feeling and very inspirational for me, but by offering over 120 designs from 64-1000 sq. ft. we try and cover all bases. Our smaller concepts are more for inspiration and getting people to think “what if”. The larger designs are how we appeal to the main stream home buyers.
What way is the economy heading and how will it affect housing prices?
Regardless of whether it’s up or down, smaller houses just make sense. They provide a realistic way of maintaining the American dream while in any economic reality.
What’s the cost of homes going to be in the future?
The cost of traditional housing materials will never be cheaper than right now. Even with the development of new materials like Corn Board, better insulating techniques like spray foam or alternative building techniques like Earthbags & CEB’s, inflation will inevitably run its course causing prices to always rise along with the cost of land.
Are you ahead of your time?
CHP is trying to cover 4 different bases with our floor plans and concepts. Let’s face it, most people don’t want too, or can’t imagine living in 2-400 sq. ft. Myself included, up until the point where I actually did it.
Cozy for me is synonymous with serenity, but I’m also not married with kids. Living the “tiny” lifestyle is a great choice for singles or couples, but we rarely hear about families living in such a small environment. I definitely think this is because they haven’t found Cozy Home Plans yet and discovered our 2, 3 & 4 bedroom designs.
I’m not a super nostalgic person, but one has to wonder what my life would be like now if I hadn’t spent decades making payments on “BIG” houses. Just a though…
Our #1 goal is trying to make downsizing and living this type of lifestyle easier, keeping sacrifices to a bare minimum with Cozy’s “6 must haves”. The motto of Living Large, in a Cozy Home is hopefully apparent in our totally livable and unique Micro, Tiny and Small house designs.
Please feel free to send us an email anytime, we love hearing from tiny house people.
Cozy, Kevin B Harrington
While recently perusing some of my older floor plans in Flickr, I discovered a slight oversight in one. The 560 sq ft Sand Castle was missing #5 on my must haves list. The washer/dryer was not included for some unknown reason. My first reaction was to place it by the bedroom for convenience but remembering a recent post about offering more side by side choices, I decided to place them in the downstairs ½ bath.
Doing a “virtual” remodel with a few clicks of the mouse in plan-3D “my favorite program” & viola! It’s now complete and ready for all the world to critique. I wish real remodeling was so easy, didn’t even need one Band-Aid or ibuprofen, which I have affectionately named “move free” for this entire project.
The “6 Must Haves” should explain how unique and comfortable this Cozy home design would be to live in either full or part-time.
#1 This very open “L” shaped Galley Kitchen is truly gourmet. It includes 12 cabinets, space for a dishwasher and room for not one but three storage pantry cabinets and lots of countertop area for food prep.
#2 The bedroom has room for a Queen Size mattress with access from both sides, ¾ bath, home office desk are, ample storage for two and a private romantic balcony just perfect for late night stargazing.
#3 The first floor as a ½ Bath and upstairs has a ¾. Adding a standard 5’ tub would not be any trouble so please feel free to contact us if this plan would be even better with one.
#4 Storage areas are primarily in the Kitchen and Bedroom.
#5 Room for the Washer/Dryer is now in the downstairs powder room making moving them in and setting them up much easier than upstairs.
#6 The first floor Space is all about combining comfort and a great layout. With a door off the Kitchen, plus and a sliding French door in the Gathering room, your just steps away from the backyard for entertaining and enjoying the outdoors.
Our goal at Cozy Home Plans is to offer the most choices for simple vacation getaways; tiny houses, writer’s retreats, rustic hunting lodges, small country villas, micro studios or the perfect full time cottage… and all under 1000 sq. ft.
This plan also has a similar single story version called the Story Brooke that’s 416 sq ft if you’re not a big stair fan.
Cozy, Kevin B Harrington
Cozy Home Plans tries to cover multiple areas of the housing markets with our floor plans and concepts.
Multi-family & Plexus
We’re always trying to anticipate the “square foot minimums” issue by offering multi-plex designs that can be joined together by a common wall or a garage.
Our Mittens, Inspiration Point & Natural Rhythm would be ideal paired homes.
We have also created a series of unique smaller designs that can be connected side by side. By combining the Ricochet, Cashmere, Cloudburst and several others together, you can get more of a town-house row feel because they only have windows in the front and back.
Backyard Casitas & income properties
We have 25 one bedroom options that make great mother-in-law or granny flats. This size home is also a perfect backyard rental house providing additional income.
We also offer 34 designs under 300 sq. ft. that would also make for ideal rental cabins. The Firefly is a real Cozy two bedroom cabin that would make a great… just about anything!
Communal living as a housing option
We have a few designs now that certainly reflect a more shared living arrangement under a single roof.
Checks out the Echo Canyon, Dorm & the Big 5 shipping container design if this type of floor plan interest you.
Downsizing into a Cozier sized home.
All of our floor plans are under 1000 sq. ft. and we offer 1-4 bedroom options.
Cozy #1 goal is combining the basic fundamentals for living with a nice Kitchen; larger Bed area, ample Storage, Bath, Washer/Dryer and all with Space to move around in… throw in a dash of luxury… mix it all together and we give you something like the Crested Butte, ADA compliant Regal Mountain and over 100 more in Flickr to choose from.
Cozy, Kevin B Harrington
Here at Cozy, we recently received a great email praising our floor plans and concepts proclaiming, “Somebody finally got it, a small home is NOT 1500 sq. ft.”
Not being my first rodeo, I waited for the shoe to drop… It did!
She continued by making the observation about my “almost” exclusive use of a stackable Washer & Dryers in all the designs was questionable. “Why didn’t I use more traditional side by side ones more often?”
I gladly thanked her for the email and gave her my reasoning behind this. Micro, Tiny and Cozy houses are all under 1000 sq ft and most under 500 sq ft, so compromises definitely need to be made. During the design process when the layout of a new cozy home is coming together, something that can be accomplished in 9 instead of 18 sq. ft. just makes sense to me. It’s that simple…
The W/D is #5 on the “6 Essentials” list. Having spent several years without one, I became very appreciative of having one close by. It wasn’t necessarily about the in-convenience and additional expense of the Laundromat, it was more of a time thing. I just felt for me, those hours could be better spent doing something else.
It’s impossible to please all the people, even most of the time… We love to try though, especially when these exchanges spark a new design.
The Dew Drop’s small house floor plan concept was inspired by this exchange and we introduced it in Flickr last week for the world to contemplate. A blog post is coming soon talking about all it’s great attributes and the use of a standard washer & dryer.
Cozy Home Plans is all about Living Large in a Cozy Home, regardless of your taste in W/D‘s
Thanks for your all your ideas and input, it really does help us create the most completely functional small houses for everyone to enjoy. Contact us anytime!
Cozy, Kevin B Harrington
In the interest of “full disclosure” though, I currently have a Fisher Paykel regular washer and dryer in storage in Colorado. Their by far the best W/D I have ever used and they do an amazing job of cleaning clothes. Definitely by the extended warranty though but that’s another story. Currently, they do not offer a stackable unit so this will obviously dictate my own future tiny house if I want to keep them.
Choosing to downsize into a Tiny or Small Cozy home doesn’t mean making sacrifices in cooking department. Kitchens are #1 on the “ 6 Essentials” list, so creating completely functional ones is a high priority for me. A good Kitchen layout has a working triangle that places the sink, stove and fridge in a configuration that makes for more efficient cooking. Of course, any Kitchen layout will first be dictated by the size & shape of the room it’s intended for, but we always try and make them as organized and functional as possible.
Almost all Kitchen configurations can be broken down into 5 categories.
#1 The Galley, Parallel or Corridor Kitchen design has a single path down the middle with cabinets and appliances on both sides. Their perfect for small areas, but typically can handle only one person at a time during cooking.
#2 The “L” Kitchen also has two walls of cabinetry, but they form an “L” shape instead. This is a natural “work triangle” shape and thus allows more easily for multiple persons cooking at a time.
#3 The “U” shaped Kitchen utilizes three walls and offers many advantages like; more storage cabinets, multiple work areas and additional room for food prep is available because of the countertop shape. With enough central space, this type of kitchen can also accommodate an island.
#4 The “G” shape kitchen is similar to the “U” but offers an additional peninsula. This is typically used for less formal seating often called a breakfast bar.
#5 The Single Galley, Line/Wall or One Way Kitchen is a perfect choice for our Micro, Tiny and Small house Kitchens because everything is against one wall in one location.
Our biggest Kitchens are the Grand Three-ton, Concerto and Gypsy Rose. All of these homes are close to 1000 sq. ft.
The surprisingly large Kitchens… as relative to their overall square footage goes to the Galley Haven and Oasis in the 5-600 sq. ft. range.
The smallest “real” Kitchen is in the 196 sq. ft. Cozy Cube. To be “real” in my opinion, it needs to have a Stove… even if it’s only a 20” wide one. The Tenderfoot at 144 sq. ft. would be a close second if you decided to put a stove in the space instead of the cooktop and cabinets.
Cozy Home Plans has 116 Micro, Tiny and small house kitchens to choose from now. If you’re a chef, or just a person that only needs a microwave, we have you covered.
Cozy, Kevin B Harrington