This great guest house was designed by Wayne F. Tjaden, he was tasked to figure out how to take a awkward space of 100 square feet with 13.5 foot high ceilings and make it a home away from home. The end result is pretty amazing and the re-purposing of an old mill reduces its impact.
Here is what he had to say about the process of design:
I was inspired by the challenge of converting a 200 sq.ft. former factory restroom plus 100 sq.ft. of an adjacent corridor, all with 13 ft. ceiling, into a guest apartment for the owner/architect’s live/work loft on the floor directly above. To solve the problem, I introduced diagonal walls, at aspect ratio of 1:4 separating the space longitudinally into principal living spaces and support spaces located adjacent to existing plumbing services. Then, I suspended a sleeping mezzanine within the 13 ft. tall space. The diagonal walls create forced perspectives which enhance the perception of spaciousness and the floating mezzanine allows the spaces to be appreciated as parts of a single whole.
This neat Parisian flat was designed by H2O Architects and is just under 650 square feet. With a unique flowing wall that is designed to define space while maintain the flow, it allows the owner, an avid comic book collector, to show off his collection. The built in storage is pervasive through out the apartment and has really nice accent backings to break up the almost overwhelming white.
Here is what the architect had to say about the design:
The new design offers a continuous wide open space which expands, becomes more complex or dense depending on orientations and uses. These variances are defined by the variable geometries and the usable thickness of the casework and walls. A study on sculpting these depths allowed to create a variety of cavities, niches and alcoves. The sculpted shapes vary in size and colors to adapt to multiple functions in different locations. They can harbor either the vast collection of comics or a bar, a bathroom, a closet, and so on.
The front side of each shape always maintains its negative volume on the back. Behind the scenes can unveiled new uses taking place like cupboards, a desk, video, shelves, etc… In this manner, the apartment is continuously renewed and cross-views can become through-views.
Check out the multi use area below. First it is a flip out office, but tuck that away and you have storage for your things.
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Though he is still crawling, 9-month-old Thurston Conder takes about 10 seconds to have the run of the house. It’s not that he’s exceptionally fast; he just doesn’t have that far to roam. Thurston shares 380 square feet with his mom and dad, Kelly Breslin and Ryan Conder, and a medium-sized mutt named Charlie.
Lots of young families start out in small houses, just not this small. These parents say it’s their preference, and that the small space hasn’t cramped their style. It’s arranged for maximum efficiency, but it still looks comfortable and fashionably decorated. Conder, 35, owner of the men’s clothing store South Willard, and Breslin, 32, a ceramic artist, have given it a distinct personality: Quadruple their living quarters and it would look like a downtown artist’s loft with a carefully edited selection of contemporary art and Midcentury Danish and Italian design.
“Everyone who comes over says, ‘Wow, it’s so cute,’ but I know they are thinking, ‘Wow, it’s so small,’ ” Breslin says.
Adds Conder: “Even the guy who comes to fix the sink asked where the bedroom is.”
There isn’t one. Built atop a two-car garage, the 1950s house’s living quarters consist of two rooms — and that’s if you count the bath. There isn’t a designated nursery or even a crib. Along with other parents in their Echo Park circle of friends, Conder and Breslin practice co-sleeping, so Thurston rests with them.
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Found this great Tiny House of 400 Square Feet. It was once slated to be demolished but Reclaimed Space, a company that deal exclusively in reclaimed construction, saw its potential. I still can’t get over how gorgeous these floors and the colors and materials all mix so well.
It starts with where we get our materials. By reclaiming wood and metal from old barn and homes we are able to preserve their embodied energy; the energy required to cultivate and mill or form all this wood and metal. It preserves landfill space and relieves us all of unsightly and potentially dangerous old structures.
Preserving the embodied energy of these materials prevents the carbon emissions from acquiring and using virgin material. And by prefabricating our homes we drastically reduce the emissions from the constant trips required by a site-built home. Building in our quality controlled production facility we are able to reduce the amount of construction waste of each home by 95%.
Better design means more efficient use of space. With open and inviting floor plans our homes are more efficient and offer greater utility. Our abilitye to build smaller spacious spaces, use less materials and offer homes with smaller physical and figurative footprints. Additionally, Reclaimed Space are built modularly, which offer a wide array of configuration and possibilites, even the ability for future adaptive additions. Should you want to move or add to your home, your changing are considered in the original design, which preventing material waste and saves time and money.
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