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Cozy cottages sell big as people downsize22 Sep

Ever dream of a cottage by the sea, atop a mountain or in the heart of downtown? Well, you may enjoy 10 projects in the latest edition of Builder Magazine that practice the “art of thinking small.”

“There’s no shortage of fine little structures out there with lessons to be gleaned on how to build a tight ship, be they primary residences, weekend retreats, granny casitas or outbuildings,” Jenny Sullivan writes. She says many of the projects are selling well and incoporating eco-friendly features into their less-is-more footprint.Among her examples are the Greenstone Homes’ “cottage series” near Spokane, Wash. The models, ranging from 1,300 to 2,000 square feet, include playful roofs, porches and crisp picket fences. They’re built to Energy Star and Built Green standards.

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