Small Spaces and Tiny Homes

5 Feb

Tiny homes are becoming popular.

We are realizing the importance of space…the space we actually need to live comfortably.

If I had the opportunity to build another home, it would, undoubtedly, be much, much smaller than Bealtaine Cottage.

www.bealtainecottage.comLiving comfortably means a warm home, less opening and closing of doors, one big room where all comforts are to be found, much in the same way as the old cottages used to be here in Ireland.

www.bealtainecottage.comHere in this little Lodge, built onto the back of the cottage, constructed mostly from re-cycled materials, over-wintering is now embedded into my lifestyle.

www.bealtainecottage.comEnergy use is one-quarter of that needed for the cottage.

Small pieces of coppiced wood has fed the wood-burning stove, keeping all snug and cosy.

This was a decision I made out of a challenge, to prove that it was possible to be warm and comfortable through winter…and it is more than possible, it is a new-found freedom!

Cheap energy!

www.bealtainecottage.comThis is possible with a multi-faceted approach: one small, medium or even big living space; masses of insulation; small wood-burning stove; low energy lamps; a sofa bed, or, as in my case a bed that doubles as a sofa; woollen blankets and rugs; thick curtains and menu plan for cooking one-pot meals on the stove!

www.bealtainecottage.comA small clothes-rail doubles as a drying rail as the heat from the wood burner keeps the place toasty!

www.bealtainecottage.comI am a fan of the Tiny Home movement for many reasons, but, primarily because this way of living empowers one…absolutely! www.bealtainecottage.comThe more one can conserve and live minimally, the more power one actually has !

www.bealtainecottage.comPlanting lots of shelter-giving plants, shrubs and trees around it also helps the micro-climate inside and out.

www.bealtainecottage.comA place to sew and knit in comfort with the luxury of a kettle of ever-free-boiling water is magic!

www.bealtainecottage.comA door that opens onto the most sheltered part of the garden is a bonus.

www.bealtainecottage.comAnd yes…that is an old table top up-cycled as a step!

15 Responses to “Small Spaces and Tiny Homes”

  1. douglas February 26, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

    Hello Colette, I visited Ireland in 2005 love your country…and no flies


  2. Anne February 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    I have lived in three small cottages during my lifetime. There is definitely an appeal to living in a minimal environment where everything you own matters. It also helps you avoid collecting junk. And the utility costs are certainly lower.


  3. tweetmouse February 15, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    Reblogged this on tweetmouse.


  4. Popeye (@Popshuil) February 8, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Colette, I read somewhere that in Ireland you don’t need planning permisson for a building under 25m2, I don’t know if this is true or not but I was thinking of buying a small plot and building a one roomed small circular house made of stone and round wood on it in the old Celtic style. Pity I just don’t have any money or time to do it right now but maybe in the future, le cunamh Dé.


    • Bealtaine Cottage February 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

      Ireland is definitely the place for tiny homes. Many people buy some land here and a used mobile home…no planning permission there either and both can be done for around £7-8,000!


  5. GrandpaB February 7, 2014 at 12:10 am #

    Reblogged this on Two Brains and commented:
    More inspiring Permaculture perspectives from abroad. Let’s bring it on home!


  6. rlogan1155 February 5, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    We have lived in a 400 sq ft fifth wheel for five years now (one in the winter, in Canada). It makes you realize just how much “stuff” you don’t need. If something new comes in something old has to go. Less is best.
    Ruth from At Home on the Road


  7. narf77 February 5, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    I felt an instant camaraderie with you as soon as I saw those blue sun and moon curtains. I made curtains out of the very same material. Great minds (and thrifty ones at that) think alike :). I love the idea of tiny homes. Spaces where you are forced to consider what you choose to include within that space rather than having the luxury of all kinds of surfaces to clutter up and collect dust. A few special pieces that actually mean something to you, clever consideration of your bed that should also act as a couch and maybe even storage as well…everything functional and aesthetically pleasing because you are going to live and move in that space constantly. Permaculture to the max and back to how we humans lived when the world was a much smaller place and when seasonal cycles actually meant something. A lovely post. Cheers for sharing your early spring and the last of your overwintering in that lovely little cottage and how clever of you to use a tabletop for a step! :)


  8. Sandra Haynes February 5, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    Love this! The tiny house movement is just great as is permaculture! Will you be transferring back to the main cottage once the weather warms up?

    San x


    • Bealtaine Cottage February 5, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      yes, indeed I shall as the cottage is lovely and cool in Summer and easy to heat in late Spring and Autumn.
      Blessings XXX


  9. wspines February 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    Greetings Colette,
    You are so right about your small cottage, we can live more simply with less damage to the earth. You have proven it Today reading your blog I finally understood how I can adjust my life in the winter and get myself out of the oilmans grips. It may take some time to get it done but its something that can be done.
    I am reading your story about finding Bealtaine Cottage, its inspiring, thanks for sharing this with us Its encouraging and uplifting.
    Blessings to you


  10. pollyperkins123 February 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    Oh, how right you are! How often I have seen TV programmes, depicting a retired couple being shown a four bedroom house with every modern convenience (whatever that means), only to say that it’s not big enough). Greed and snobbery prevails.


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