Friday, March 9, 2012

Angel in the Dunes

While in Seaside, as I mentioned, I stayed in a guest cottage on one of the pedestrian path 'alleys' that was a lesson in small living, the Angel in the Dunes.
Measuring in at a total of under 450 sf spread over two floors, the small house read larger than my apartment in the city which is even slightly larger.I loved the cheerful yellow siding which matched the main house (seen to the left). As you can see, the dense plantings made the exterior hard to photograph!The houses in Seaside are all raised off the ground to allow for venilation to help with natural cooling in the hot summers (don't worry, there was an AC too!).The 2nd floor had a balcony with operable shutters which was a lovely place to have my morning tea.Even though I didn't use it, the grill on the front deck was a nice addition.The bay window in the living room contained a built-in banquette that was comfy and a great use of space. The barley twist dining table with hanging leaves was a good selection for the small room.Opposite the dining nook was the couch and lounge rocker-chair with stools/coffee table with matching barley twist legs. If this was my little beach cottage I would probably add narrow bookcases on this entire wall for storage behind the couch (beach reading material!).Opposite the entry wall was the tv (rather inartfully done as you can see) as well as entry to the kitchen and the stairs to the bedroom above. The kitchen was very smartly and efficiently laid out. The undercounter microwave and small fridge are all you need for such a small house with room for dishes on the open shelves above. You could replicate such a smart kitchen at home with a LG refrigerator.Opposite was tons of storage and a full pantry (doors cut off to the right) along with a side by side washer dryer.Under the stairs was the small mechanical/storage room with a bump out for the back of the washer dryer so they fit neatly under the cabinets. This also provided a shelf for additional storage. Up the stairs was a surprisingly spacious bathroom and large bedroom with vaulted ceiling (which I forgot to photograph!). I highly recommend the Angel in the Dunes for 1 or 2 guests. The main house was much larger and sleeps up to 10 with the option of combining the guest cottage for additional space.

6 comments:

Parnassus said...

Very compact and efficient. Perfect for a vacation cottage, when you have lots of activities planned, and basically use the house to sleep. I like how the stairs can be closed off, and how the deck/grill loosen the floorplan by extending it outdoors.
--Road to Parnassus

Mark D. Ruffner said...

This appears to be very smartly designed so that the whole effect is spaciousness. It also looks like a great way to spend a holiday, maybe even a quiet Christmas.

VictoriaArt said...

Oh, I love a snug little place, as long as only one or two people need to share it!
This place looks perfectly equipped!
xoxo

VictoriaArt said...

Oh, I love a snug little place, as long as only one or two people need to share it!
This place looks perfectly equipped!
xoxo

Bumble at home said...

Looks like the TV was an afterthought!

YONKS said...

Looks like it was designed to live in, not just looked at!

Thanks for stopping by and, you're right, Meg is the sweetest.
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