Each of these beautiful seaside homes is less than 1,000 square feet. One is 200!
By Madeleine Frank and Susan Hall Mahon
1 of 23Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Karin Lidbeck
Cottage 1. New England Classic
Square Feet: 850
Location: Provincetown, MA
This charming 1930s cottage has all of the classic Cape Cod elements like cedar shingles and wood shutters. Its wraparound deck was expanded to welcome the family’s summer guests.
2 of 23Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Karin Lidbeck
The AC window units were replaced with central air, unblocking the windows to let in more sun. Whitewashed floors and ceiling beams reflect the coastal sunlight.
3 of 23Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Karin Lidbeck
Deep blue-painted cabinets and shelves in the small galley kitchen give the room elements of depth and drama.
4 of 23Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Karin Lidbeck
Existing windows in the dining room were extended into French doors to allow easier access to the deck.
5 of 23Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Karin Lidbeck
Antiques and items imbued with personal meaning take center stage in the master bedroom, including an oyster-veneer chest and a gilt-framed painting.
6 of 23Photo: Jeff Zaruba
Cottage 2. California Charmer
Square Feet: 390
Location: Point Reyes, CA
This bathhouse on a former dairy farm functions as a guesthouse with a kitchen, bedroom, and showers. Classic farmhouse elements, like a gabled roof crafted of red corrugated metal, tongue-and-groove siding, and a sizable wraparound porch, helps the small space fit in as a scaled-down version of older buildings on the property.
7 of 23Photo: Jeff Zaruba
Kitchen and Bath
Painted wood paneling and a double-hung window above the kitchen sink add a dose of cottage charm. Saloon-style doors stylishly separate twin shower stalls from the kitchen and living area.
8 of 23Photo: Jeff Zaruba
Fourteen-foot ceilings with exposed rafters lend an airy feel to the bedroom despite its small size. Buffalo-check comforters, a handmade bench, and an antique dresser outfit the room with Americana style.
9 of 23Photo: Jeff Zaruba
In a cottage with such a tiny footprint, space for outdoor living is key. This porch, with its steel overhead barn light and unembellished wooden railings, feels like an extension of the indoors. The same composite flooring is used in the kitchen and bath as well, further unifying the spaces.
10 of 23Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Matthew Gleason
Cottage 3. Pint-Sized Beach House
Square Feet: 200 Location: Cape Cod, MA
What it lacks in size, this tiny surf shack makes up for with direct beach access. Its shingles fit in with surrounding homes, while a fresh coat of paint on the shutters stylishly sets it apart.
11 of 23Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Matthew Gleason
Rope pulls and sailcloth shades link the small kitchen to the living room’s décor. Open shelving shows off collected dishware and makes the area feel more spacious than closed cabinets would.
12 of 23Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Matthew Gleason
A wood sink base blends in with the walls, creating a seamless design. Hooks throughout the bathroom make room for washcloths and beach towels alike.
13 of 23Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Matthew Gleason
This daybed functions as a sofa in the living room. It’s attached to the wall via brackets, but nautical ropes make it appear to float.
14 of 23Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Matthew Gleason
With built-in open shelving, beach towels and other coastal accessories become decorative elements.
15 of 23Photo: Elsa Young
Cottage 4. Tiny British Beach House
Square Feet: 396
Location: Seasalter, England
At just 11 feet by 36 feet, this cottage on England's southeast tip is truly tiny! The narrow strip of beach it sits on is dotted with similar chalets.
16 of 23Photo: Elsa Young
Inside, no space is left to waste. Clean, white walls set off a colorful collection of treasures gathered from all over the world. Small-scale kitchen appliances get the job done without hogging precious inches.
17 of 23Photo: Elsa Young
Small, colorful rugs help divide the space to set apart sections of the cottage. Mixing colors and patterns adds interest to the white floorboards.
18 of 23Photo: Elsa Young
Using a comfortable daybed in place of a couch creates a more flexible space for lounging or sleeping. This plush comforter lends an ultra-luxe feel.
19 of 23Photo: Elsa Young
Hanging photos without traditional frames creates an artsy effect without overtaking limited wall space in the bedroom.
20 of 23Photo: Tria Giovan; Stylist: Heather Chadduck
Cottage 5. Hamptons Getaway
Square Feet: 930
Location: South Hampton, New York
This small Hamptons hideaway sits on a marsh grass-bordered creek and features two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
21 of 23Photo: Tria Giovan; Stylist: Heather Chadduck
A cozy sectional makes the most of the small living room, and a bank of windows overlooking the prized views make the space feel larger.
22 of 23Photo: Tria Giovan; Stylist: Heather Chadduck
The open and airy kitchen has a farmhouse sink, glass-fronted cabinetry, and a breakfast bar that’s perfect for a small gathering.
23 of 23Photo: Tria Giovan; Stylist: Heather Chadduck
A soft blue and cream color scheme gives the master bedroom a tranquil vibe.