Now that their children are grown, the cottage owners wanted to downsize from their beautiful but too large house but they didn't want to leave their neighborhood and friends. So they contacted Bruce Parker of microhouse to assist in the design of their new small dream home behind their current house. The lot is small, less than 4,000 sq ft and the cottage had to take advantage of every available square inch, of the allowable 800 sq. ft., and work with limited opportunities for light and views.
The stair is located on the south wall adjacent to the neighbors garage. High windows were used to let in natural light from up high above the garage. The kitchen is on the east wall facing the primary residence so no windows were placed on that wall the outside of which is now much needed storage for bikes, and garden tools.
A combination of wood soffit and exposed floor joists add richness and a feeling of openness to the living and dining rooms. These areas open directly onto the alley and parking pad so frosted glazing was used to provide privacy while allowing in the maximum amount of light. The primary heat source is radiant heat in the concrete floor.
The limited allowable height meant that we had to use vaulted ceilings with low perimeter walls which was done to dramatic effect.
The light filled study with its tree top views and large skylight is their favorite room in the house. A fold out sofa provides a place for guests to sleep.
Now that the cottage is complete the owner's are moving in and will rent out their lager primary residence.