7 top-notch floor plans for tiny homes with handy kitchen islands

For some people, the kitchen is by far the most important room in the home. It's where you cook, eat, and socialize - and you don't want it to be cramped!
There are a number of solutions to that problem, but one of my favorites is the kitchen island.
Islands provide storage, counter space, and extra seating, and they add plenty of dimension and character to the room. All round, they're the perfect way to keep the kitchen in a tiny home from feeling too small!
1. Tiny Craftsman from Houseplans.
This charming Craftsman from Houseplans measures 788 square feet (73 square meters), and has a single garage as well as two covered porches. The front door opens right into the main living space, which features an open concept design with the great room on the left and the kitchen on the right. A hallway off the kitchen leads to a bathroom, a mudroom with a coat closet, and finally the master bedroom. Sliding doors in the master bedroom lead out to a patio at the back.
2. European bungalow from ePlans.
At a fairly spacious 986 square feet (92 square meters), this home from ePlans has two bedrooms and a large bathroom with both a tub and a shower. A small foyer with a coat closet greets you when you enter the home, and a flight of stairs leads up into the dining room. The kitchen is just off to the left, and the living room is in front of it. The two bedrooms and the bathroom can be found on the far left of the home.
3. Unique octagonal home from Floorplans.
At 902 square feet (84 square meters), this home from Floorplans has a unique octagonal layout. The great room and kitchen are arranged around a sort of central hub that includes a pantry, the laundry machines, and plenty of storage space. Two bedrooms and a bathroom with a shower round off the interior of the house. Outside, a wraparound deck surrounds the entire home for easy outdoor living.
4. Charming one bedroom cottage from Family Home Plans.
This floor plan from Family Home Plans comes in at a cozy 614 square feet (57 square meters) and features some surprisingly luxurious touches. The front door opens into the great room, behind which is the L-shaped kitchen with an eating bar. A dining nook is set in a bay window off to the right, and a French door here leads out to the patio. The bedroom, bathroom, and laundry closet are all found off to the right, and vaulted ceilings throughout the home make it feel nice and spacious.
5. Two story cottage from Houseplans.
At 780 square feet (72 square meters), this design from Houseplans has a wraparound porch and plenty of curb appeal. Both doors on the porch open into the spacious great room, which boasts a large fireplace on the far left wall. The kitchen and dining room are off to the right; the dining area is set in a cheery, well-lit nook. A hallway off the kitchen leads to a small half bathroom, the laundry closet, and a convenient storage space under the stairs. The second floor is dedicated to the bedroom and a second bathroom with a tub.
6. Rustic log cabin from Floorplans.
This simple log cabin from Floorplans comes in at 689 square feet (64 square meters) and features a large wraparound porch. An open concept living room and kitchen take up the front portion of the home. The bedroom is located in the back left corner; it features a walk-in closet. Just across the hall from the bedroom, there is a small bathroom with a shower.
7. Two-bedroom Northwest home from Houseplans.
Measuring 910 square feet (85 square meters), this floor plan from Houseplans is arranged with the bedrooms and bathroom on the second floor and everything else on the first floor. The dining room is located in the center of the first floor, and the kitchen is behind it. A small step separates the dining room from the great room, which features a fireplace. Upstairs, there is a large master bedroom, a smaller second bedroom, a bathroom, and a laundry closet.

Tiny living can be a bit of a challenge for families, but it's well worth doing if you can manage it. All of these homes have at least two bedrooms, so there's plenty of room for the entire family!
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