In Summary
  • The cottage has an effortless kind of beauty. The two giant pillars bring a certain sense of reliance to the look of this house. But really, they are not even pillars. They are miniature rooms that can be utilised according to your need. The car porch turns the upper floor into a dreamy place to escape to.

Tipping the scales is the mother of all innovations and novelty. You can not reinvent the wheel but you can find new ways to use it.
This cottage is a thing of novelty and few things in life appease the human soul as much as novelty does. It is the reason some works of art are worshiped centuries after the painters are dead.
It is not everyday that you find a house whose ground floor is the residence area and the upper floor is the hospitality area. Visitors have to pass next to your bedroom door to go to the sitting room. This seems to be counter intuitive but that is where the trick is.

Putting people first
This house tells your friends that you saved the best for them. It is designed for people who seek to put people first.
For extroverts who love to host parties and entertain friends and family, this is an idea to consider. It has the ability to tell anyone you host that they are in your inner circle. And that, my friend, is how people influence people.
And so, like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, this house is meant to be seen. Christ once said “For who lights a candle and puts a basket over it?” This house is meant for the corner plot. Opaque brick fences are not welcome here. It belongs on top of the hill. It fits perfectly on Plot 1 in a housing estate worthy of the name.

Very picky house
But it is a very picky house. For instance, a family will not find it suitable. It has a single bedroom and can only give comfort to one resident or at most, a couple of lovers.
No children though. There is no room for a househelp either. You either have to do all the cleaning yourself, or hire a live-out worker. But that is where the magic is.

Target audience
This cottage is perfect for the recluse. It is perfect for those who want to spend time all by themselves, resting, writing or just meditating. It is for the heavy reader. It is a place to write that book that has begged you to let it out into the world. It is for the thinker.
But it is also for those who love luxury in small packages. To them, this cottage is like expensive jewellery. For the workaholic, it is a getaway house where your annual leave can turn out to be a rebirth. A super star could easily show it off.
It is a house for that person who grew up in an affluent home and is looking for a worthy reason to leave their father’s mansion. It is a house for the dreamer.

The ground floor
The only bedroom in this house takes up half of the ground floor.
However, just one scan around the bedroom tells you this house is not meant for permanent residence. Only basics here. It is just a bed and a toilet. But you can modify this plan and get more comfort out of it.
Concrete walls and glass walls compliment each other to bring out a very functional beauty to the bedroom. The dedication to natural light is as enticing as it is endearing.

The upper floor
The stairs usher you into the open utility space on the upper floor. The dining area is right next to the big kitchen, which is meant to carter for those parties that you will be inspired to host in this gem.
Both the dining area and the kitchen flow seamlessly into the sitting area, which is embellished by oversized windows. Almost half the upper floor is the open, elevated verandah. This is meant to bring nature to you, at your own terms, and to make your visitors pay full compliments.

Ground space and cost
Simon Peter Kazibwe, the designer of this house plan, advises that this little gem should be built on a minimum space of a 50x50ft.
On a plot of this size, 40 per cent should be reserved for trees and flowers. He says it will cost an estimated Shs50m to build and Shs50m to do the finishing.

The outside specs
The cottage has an effortless kind of beauty. The two giant pillars bring a certain sense of reliance to the look of this house. But really, they are not even pillars. They are miniature rooms that can be utilised according to your need. The car porch turns the upper floor into a dreamy place to escape to.

-This is not a definitive plan, the actual plan can be got from an architect.