29 Cabins And Cottages Under 1,000 Square Feet

Sometimes all you need is a simple place to unwind, and these charming cottages and cabins show you how to have everything you need in a small space. For waterside living, our house plans for The Boathouse & Bunkhouse, and The Beachside Bungalow, will feel like they are made-to-measure for relaxing. If you love rustic style, you will feel at home with our cozy, small cabin plans for the Cedar Creek Guest House or Sun River.

You might think small retreats aren’t hosting-friendly, but these quaint house plans show you how to make every square foot of your cottage or cabin inviting, comfortable, and serene. No matter what you are looking for, these house plans show how these cabins and cottages embody a lot of Southern charm in a neat, 1,000-square-foot-or-less package.

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Delightful and versatile, this tiny home is the perfect backyard retreat. The plans provide all the details necessary to build the cottage as the space you need for visitors and family alike.

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 357 square feet

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Inspiration for the Shoreline Cottage came from the desire for a simple house that would capture serene views from all sides. The board-and-batten exterior, gabled roof, and generous porch set a traditional tone, while tall windows and an open interior make the home more modern. The interior features unique details like a built-in window seat on two walls, ideal for storage or cozy spaces for reading. A sleeping loft, accessible by a ladder, is also available.

  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
  • 930 square feet

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This quaint log cabin is ideal for weekend getaways or retreats in the wood, with two floors and room for a swing. The main living room has multiple windows, brightening the space, which features a wood stove. The upper-floor loft bedroom includes two sizeable closets.

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 360 square feet

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With a touch of Gothic styling, this plan offers open spaces and a straightforward layout. The main level is a multipurpose space, while the cabin’s steeply pitched roof allows for a comfortable bedroom and bath upstairs. The screened back porch provides additional space.

  • 1 bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms
  • 634 square feet

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This cozy cabin is a perfect retreat for overnight guests or weekend vacations. With a spacious porch, open floor plan, and outdoor fireplace, you may never want to leave.

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 500 square feet

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Retreat with family and friends on this lovely getaway, perfect as a charming mountain retreat or a cozy lakeside cabin where casual conversation takes place around a beautiful stone fireplace. When sunny mornings beckon, enjoy coffee and fresh air on one of two railed porches.

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 539 square feet

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This thoughtfully designed and affordable house illustrates cabin living at its best. The open living room boasts a fireplace, windows along three walls, and a set of French doors that open to a screened back porch.

  • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • 973 square feet

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This quaint cabin, tucked in the woods, can be a weekend retreat or guesthouse. The charming exterior offers a large, inviting front porch that opens to the casual living room. Upstairs, a sleeping loft adds more room for guests.

  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
  • 915 square feet

Designed by Moser Design Group

An adorable front porch is a place to set up a couple of chairs or a hanging swing and take a load off your heels. The gable roof covers this Southern-inspired cottage bungalow that will make every day feel like a vacation.

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 484 square feet

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This plan has timeless appeal with a fun-loving and unpretentious design in mind. This two-room cabin features a cozy fireplace and a spacious living area. It makes the perfect house for first-time, retirement, or vacation home buyers.

  • 1 bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms
  • 631 square feet

A low-country inspired guest cottage with a vaulted entertaining area that includes an eat-in kitchen, a private bedroom suite, and gracious front porch living. 

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 656 square feet

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No place has more charm than this little boathouse perched over the water. This boathouse makes a welcoming weekend cottage or waterside home with windows on every wall, wood siding, shuttered windows, and a metal roof with exposed rafters.

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 376 square feet

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This floor plan is a compact, story-and-a-half cabin with enough style and flexibility to become either a lake house or a mountain retreat. A covered front porch provides a haven for afternoon naps. Inside, one room accommodates family living and dining.

  • 1 bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms
  • 906 square feet

This plan has 9′ ceilings, which adds to the charm and makes it feel much larger. This plan’s welcoming porch is a highlight, and would also be nice if screened-in. This is charm off the charts, and is a perfectly little hideaway.

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 430 square feet

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This cottage is home on a lake, beach, or mountain site. The plan includes an optional screened porch that expands the living space and allows for enjoying the beautiful views.

  • 1 bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms
  • 897 square feet

Roland Davis

This rustic and comfortable cabin plan makes the most of its space with less than 1,000 square feet. The doors in the living room open onto a back porch to enjoy the scenic surroundings. Create a private retreat upstairs with a spacious bedroom and bath.

  • 1 bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms
  • 974 square feet

Dale Watson

This one-bedroom, one-bathroom retreat packs everything you’d want in a weekend getaway in just 540 square feet. Enjoy the pleasures of simple living with the comforts of a covered front porch and cozy fireplace. It’s the perfect part-time or retirement cottage.

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 540 square feet

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Roughing it can be a lot of fun. Yancey’s Mill, with its screened-in porch, great room, and stone fireplace, is perfect for short getaways or as a sportsman’s cabin. The stone fireplace in the vast great room is the ideal spot to retreat after a long nature walk or leisurely boat ride. 

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 841 square feet

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With Southern and country influences, the Greer Lane floor plan has an open layout and a wide front porch. The gable roofing adds a classic element to this house’s design.

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 738 square feet

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The first floor of Hickory Cove includes a connecting kitchen, living room, and dining room space, which extends to the screened-in porch. Upstairs are two bedrooms with a full bathroom in the middle, so guests can always have access. 

  • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • 986 square feet

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This floor plan proves that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort or style for a smaller footprint. Grayson Trail has a single bedroom and bath but includes a loft that guests can use as a quiet retreat. 

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 808 square feet

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Designed by William H. Phillips, Jr., of Dauphin Island, Alabama, Oak Creek is a part of the Cabin Collection. This floor plan has plenty of sitting and relaxing space on the roomy front and back porches, even in this compact design. The main area includes one large cooking, eating, and relaxing space.

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 412 square feet

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Heaven’s Door features designer details like a Gothic window about the sink in the kitchen. It makes the most of its space by stacking the washer and dryer units in a utility closet and positioning the bath, so it’s accessible from both the bedroom closet and hallway. A stacked-stone fireplace adds warmth to the great room.

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 804 square feet

Ron Ward

This tiny cottage uses natural materials to weather gracefully near coastal landscapes, as its simple, straightforward construction resembles turn-of-the-century beach houses. The metal-clad roof helps to reflect the heat and provide durability. 

  • 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms
  • 751 square feet

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The Weekender Cabin is comfortable for extended stays, perched on piers and clad in board-and-batten siding. The main living area features an open cooking, eating, and relaxing space. The bedroom positioned to the side, creates a sense of privacy and coziness.

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 770 square feet

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Designed by William H. Phillips, Jr., of Dauphin Island, Alabama, The Smokey Creek cabin is planned for enjoyment and practicality. The screened-in porch works need a beach, lake, or mountain site. Interior details like a wood-burning stove and central fireplace help make this a great year-round home.

  • 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms
  • 640 square feet

The Bluebird Cottage is a two-story guest house features one bedroom, a fireplace, full bath, closet, sitting area, and loft space. This perfect solo space can be added to any home as an extra living area to provide your guests with privacy and luxury during their stay.

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 619 square feet

The Mill Springs home is ideal for a short getaway or as a sportsman’s cabin, yet is also comfortable enough for extended stays. Materials, such as stone, wood siding, and shingles, add character that sets the design apart.

  • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • 967 square feet

The Little Red plan possesses an old-fashioned, handcrafted look with details such as board-and-batten construction and simple post-and-rail detailing. Using local stone and wood siding lends a sense of place to the design. This layout recalls the sturdy, primitive feel of a log cabin. The kitchen, dining room, and living area combine to create one spacious great room.

  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • 800 square feet

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