Introducing Deidre's Modified Whidbey
Deidre has been interested in building a cottage since she was introduced to Tumbleweed eight years ago. Originally she fell in love with Tumbleweed's B-53
design, but after purchasing a property in Great Barrington she gravitated toward the Whidbey
. "Ultimately, I changed my mind because I loved how the Whidbey
floor plan featured the backyard." Deidre explains.
Once you see this backyard, you can't blame her for wanting to make it a focal point!
Deidre's Stunning Back Patio
"I was working off of an existing foundation, so I had to modify the Whidbey
plans to match what was already in existence." She clarifies. "This meant making each room a little larger than the original plans, and I also allocated space for the master bedroom to have a custom walk-in closet."
Photo of Deidre's custom closet designed by closetscapes / Photo by Deidre
According to the National Association of Home Builders
, the average home size in the United States has reached nearly 2,700 square feet. Deidre's two bedroom modified Whidbey
is 960 square feet, or around one third the size of the average American home size.
"Being so close to the water, I moved all the mechanicals to the attic instead of the basement and eliminated the loft." She says, detailing other modifications she made to the Whidbey
. "This allowed me to have 9 foot ceilings throughout, and an entire basement for storage."
Deidre's contemporary interior design cleverly amplifies the square footage of her home. By keeping her color palette neutral and her furnishings sleek and simple, she has created a commodious abode. "When you stand at the front door you can see out the back, which gives the space an open feel." Deidre describes. "I have recessed lighting throughout the home, open shelving in the kitchen, and I only use a few candles for decorating. I try to keep it minimal." She also purchased the majority of her furnishings from local shops to support the community.
Three Space Savers Used in Deidre's Whidbey Include:
1). A wall mounted living room television to clear up floor space
2). A built-in wood storage space in the great room that doubles as a TV console
3). A lazy susan for corner storage in the kitchen and a smaller-than-normal countertop microwave
Construction on Deidre's Whidbey was completed in May, but as one project comes to an end, another one is just beginning."I want to continue to downsize," she admits. "The clearer the space is, the more room you have to think. It's peaceful."
Deidre's Whidbey in Great Barrington, Massachusetts is currently on the market (see link below). Next up, she'd like to build a Tumbleweed Harbinger!
Tumbleweed Harbinger / photo by Tumbleweed Tiny Homes
*All photos (unless otherwise noted) by David Fell Photography. More photos of the home here.
*Click here to view Deidre's Whidbey property listing.
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Jenna Spesard is currently building a Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop Host. After the build is complete, they plan to travel around North America in their tiny house blogging and photographing their adventure. More on their tiny house and giant journey here.
The Best of Small Kitchen Design - The Little Rock Whidbey
Small kitchen design is unique in its need for both functionality and eye appeal. Lindsey Lewis of Little Rock, Arkansas adapted the kitchen in our Whidbey plans and takes high honors in both!
The small kitchen photos below offer great solutions for solving some of the most common small kitchen design dilemmas with stunning results!
Storage is one of the biggest issues confronting the occupant of a small kitchen. Kitchens, by their very nature, require “stuff” – pots, pans, utensils etc. Storing these necessary items in a way that does not create visual clutter is key. Lindsey’s stunning banquet is a great option. Linens, large pots and pans, over-sized serving platters or your Aunt Helen's favorite candle sticks will all fit snuggly and out of site in large, neutral colored baskets beneath the seating.
An island at the center of the kitchen provides additional workspace and another option for covered storage. It has the added benefit of providing space to place items coming out of the refrigerator or, with the addition of a stool or two, a space to socialize with a glass of your favorite Sonoma wine while the meal is being prepared.
Cabinets with glass doors help make small kitchens look larger. In her Little Rock Whidbey, Lindsey uses frosted glass in her cabinet doors and a brightly colored back wall with stunning results.
Shelves are another common option for kitchen storage. They keep things open and light but come with a few pitfalls. Most designers suggest choosing which items to place on them with great care to eliminate potential clutter. Stark white plates with cherry red bowls and stew pots make the perfect statement next to this sink. Handy hooks for coffee mugs hang below freeing up more cabinet space.
The flooring helps to create much of the character and dynamic of this custom Whidbey. Extending that flooring from the great room through both the nook and kitchen helps maintain the uniformity of the space.
Lighting is an often over-looked aspect of design. The natural light in this Whidbey is astounding but Lindsey also took care to provide “task” lighting in key areas. Note the lights above the table, island and sink. Carefully assess how you are going to use your space and locate task lighting according to your needs.
Small kitchens do have several things going for them that their larger brethren do not. There is an inherent efficiency in a well-designed small kitchen that no large kitchen can compete with. Everything you need is at your fingertips.
The other advantage a small kitchen has is cost. Because a smaller kitchen is going to use less square footage of counter space and fewer cabinets you will be saving money. Apply the funds to upgrades. High quality counter tops have great visual appeal and wear better over time. Custom cabinetry with high-end pulls and handles add immense value and character.
Congratulations Lindsey on a stunning adaptation of Tumbleweed's Whidbey! Your kitchen is an inspiration!
For more tips from the number one name in small house design read The Small House Book.