This beautiful, vintage-inspired stone cottage, remodeled by TKP Architects, sits on Dan and Barbara Watson’s Genesee, Colorado, property. At only 450 square feet, it’s an inspiring example of living luxuriously small. It serves as a guest house for the Watsons, but is the ideal size and setup for a couple or small family looking to downsize or to live off grid in a small cabin.
The cabin, originally built in the 1930’s, is nestled down into a granite hillside. The surrounding rock provided the perfect opportunity for the Watsons to emulate old U.S. Park Service cottages they had seen on trips to the Black Hills of SD, using the rock for the outer walls of their cottage.
The interior consists of trusses made from antique timbers, pine beams, and rich wide-plank wood flooring reclaimed from a Civil War era ammunition factory.
The cabin is full of modern amenities, including a kitchen area, large energy-efficient windows and doors, a modern bathroom with shower, and radiant heat floors. A sleeping loft was added to the upper floor, accessible by a ladder.