Live Large in a Small Space

There is just something alluring about a cozy beach cottage. See how three families make the most of their square feet—one has fewer than 380!

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Nantucket Guest Cottage
Photographer: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn, Writer: Marisa Spyker

Cottage 3: Nantucket

Nantucket carpenter Michael Haigley's one-room guest cottage may pale in size compared to the impressive estates that dot the island, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in cozy style and smart efficiency. The home—which occupies a mere 308 square feet—was inspired by post-Katrina hurricane cottages, the prefab housing developed on the Gulf Coast as an alternative to FEMA trailers. Here, he reveals how he made the most of his small space.

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