Portland, Oregon-based interior designer Jessica Helgerson has been living, for the past year, "rather experimentally in a 540-square-foot cottage on five acres of farmland." She and her family raise chickens, turkeys, bees, and grow their own food.
Her five-acre property on Sauvie Island, an agricultural island on the Columbia River 15 minutes north of Portland, is "an interesting experiment in reduction and reuse," Helgerson says. She remodeled the house using nearly exclusively reclaimed materials; added a green roof for insulation, and a chicken coop where she raises chickens. Paradise found? Martha Stewart thinks so; she featured the house in her March 2012 issue; go to Martha Stewart to read more.
Above: A collection of brightly colored Fermob French cafe chairs add a cheery note to the outdoor dining table.
Above: As part of the remodel, Helgerson added a green roof planted with moss and ferns gathered along the Columbia River Gorge.
Above: Helgerson redesigned the interior for maximum space efficiency with an open-plan kitchen, dining room, and living room.
Above: Built-in bookshelves and daybeds with drawers that hold children’s toys provide additional storage. The ladder leads to a sleeping loft.
Above: Built-in bunks in the children's room.
Above: Helgerson managed to squeeze a soaking tub into the tiny bath.
Above: The cottage glows from within at night.
Above: The house sits on a five-acre property on Sauvie Island, an agricultural island on the Columbia River 15 minutes north of Portland. To look at 250 other images of cottages and cabins visit our Gallery.