Pre-fab Cottage

Pre-fab Cottage is a modern, modular pre-fabricated structure based on a 14 foot square module. The cottages are built using structural insulated panels for floor, walls and roof, creating an extremely energy efficient building envelope. The 14′ x 14′ cottage base module can be assembled in several combinations and is adaptable to many different site conditions aided by its unique precast concrete foundation system. The project featured here is a newly completed residence utilizing four of the modules and a connector hallway. Built in a shop in Traverse City, Michigan the cottage was transported in sections to its site 60 miles to the South in Manistee County. Once transported the cottage modules were then assembled in five hours.

Pre-fabricated 14 foot square mobile modules used to make a small home in Northern Michigan. Designed by Michael Fitzhugh.

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  • Reply Julie November 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Really like this and am interested in the design plans. Very nice choice of simple materials. How does it hold up in the colder months in Michigan?

    • Reply Andrew Craven December 24, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Hi Folks and thank you for all the kind comments and interest. As the creator and proprietor of Cottage in a Day, as well as the utility line of Ready Structures, it’s certainly nice to have my work recognized. I am happy to answer all queries and preview all of our models and pricing at or
      Over the past 5 years and 4 continents ( #5, bidding a project for Brazil in Antarctica now!) I can be confident that my buildings qualify for any climate or geography.
      Write me an email or call to discuss which structure may work for you.

      • Reply Kristin May 2, 2015 at 4:33 pm

        Please contact me to discuss a like building in traverse city mi.

        • Reply Lyndsay July 6, 2015 at 8:33 pm


          This is Michael’s website…

          I know him personally and he is a very talented architect. I’m sure he would love to hear from you!

      • Reply anthony compeau July 6, 2015 at 1:10 am

        Hubbard Lake Mi to replace mobile home.

      • Reply tabitha Fellowes June 20, 2016 at 9:05 pm

        Hi My husband and I are going to be purchasing property in MI. Do you currently sell your kits/models/structures? We are very interested in the tiny house movement but are looking for a structure that has more of a cottage feel. We love the design and contemporary feel. Could you reach out to me via email?

      • Reply Pierre Labeau October 15, 2016 at 5:26 pm

        I looking for a tiny house for Hubbard lake
        810-610-8187. You remember me?

  • Reply Christina November 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Would be nice to see more of this, as to how they connect and the bedroom factors and such.
    How much do one of these modules run? I live in Michigan and might be interested in something like this.

    • Reply Anthony November 4, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      It is kind of a bummer we don’t get to see more. The connector hallways sounds like the best thing about it!

  • Reply Taz Bright November 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    My wife and I are seriously considering investing in several tiny homes. Do you have a catalog available?

  • Reply Gunn4r November 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Looks awesome, whats the cost? I see these really cool modular, prefab, small houses a lot now but they all seem to cost $250+ / sqft which seems kind of insane. Is there a good prefab like this for a reasonable price anywhere??

  • Reply Barry Kevin November 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I live in Green Bay but own a little property in the Northwoods. I’m looking to build a modest (VERY modest!) retirement home. I’d love to learn more – LOTS more!!

  • Reply Patti R. November 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I, too would be interested in bedroom factors, and such. Also interested in prices as I too, live in Michigan and would like to look further into something like this!!

  • Reply darcy November 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    This article has a bit more information. Scroll down the page until you get to the information.
    Their website is: but there is no information about the cottages except their contact information.

  • Reply Rose November 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    It would be nice to get more info and prices please. I live in Michigan and I am highly interested. Thanks!

  • Reply Janet Hirshberg November 4, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Please send info on this pre-fab cottage & any contacts you can. I would be interested in exploring how this can be constructed in NH.
    Janet Hirshberg

  • Reply Roni November 5, 2013 at 1:54 am

    It’s not clear who to contact for more information. A link would be great

  • Reply lorrie bailey November 5, 2013 at 2:46 am

    love this design would love to see more pics and price please also what is the name of the company that makes this do they have a web site please let me know would love to know more and follow them on facebook please send me the info or post it thanks.

  • Reply MotherLodeBeth November 5, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Really really LOVE the clean almost Scandanvian style and space of this home. I could live in that home and be very very happy.

  • Reply Nathan November 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Where can i see pricing and a catalogue? This is wonderful!

  • Reply Bobby G November 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I am interested in these homes. I am located in East Jordan Michigan just up the road from you. Please feel free to contact me so we can talk or I can tour a home in the area. They look awesome and I need a few of these on my property as a family retreat area. Hope to hear from you soon.

  • Reply Michael Fitzhugh November 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Please check for updates on my website, new models and info will be available soon. Thanks for your patience and positive comments!

  • Reply Sandra Chai January 13, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I really like this concept and construction, I would like to know the price.

  • Reply Bryan May 4, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Yeah need Better pictures

  • Reply mary wise March 3, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Thank you for sharing the pictures…so beautiful…so practical…love, mary

  • Reply Deirdre Padilla April 5, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I have a unique question. We have a peice of property in Peublo West CO. that needs a house. However we own a home here in Michigan and will be selling ASAP. But I would like a traveling tiny house that I could connect and disconnect to other modules of a permanent home. So I would be buying 3 modules. My question is if you build in Pueblo CO.and my second question, can I attach and detach one module to travel with around the country? I know there would be a foundation issue but could lay z permanent one, maybe, for the Mobil part!

  • Reply Stephen Griffin May 21, 2016 at 10:56 am

    The article and photos are nice but it isn’t clear who built this particular unit. I see the architect, but who would have built the one in the photo?

  • Reply tabitha Fellowes June 20, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Hi my husband and I are looking to purchase property in MI and are very interested in your design. Could we discuss more an option for purchase and build?

  • Reply Monica March 13, 2017 at 11:54 am

    How do they open the floor panels? Seems like it would be hard to do without some kind of handle to pull up on.

  • Reply Scott Jones March 17, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I’m single and retiring soon, planning a move from Grand Rapids to Northport, right up 22 from you, within the next year or so. I have property there already and am looking at the possibility of a tiny-like house. I’d like to build or have built small – a one bedroom, one floor, no larger than 500 square feet micro-mansion of the kind you seem to also appreciate and am interested in the specifics of what it is you do. Any information about your operation you can send me would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • Reply Rafael Medina April 29, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I am interested in getting information and price structure for tiny homes for the Northern Michigan area. Please call or text 231 631 2264.

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