An old barn that was beyond repair provided the exterior siding for this barn wood guest cottage in Ross, California. The lot was narrow, with a creek along one side, which created design challenges for Dotter & Solfjeld Architects.
“We designed the 714 square foot house to include all the usual rooms of a full size house, carefully utilizing every square inch available. The living room was designed to feel bigger than it is because of the vaulted ceiling and large windows and barn doors. We placed a small but open galley kitchen a couple of step above opening up to the living area just separated by a bar counter.
Across from the kitchen we tucked a dining nook with built in seating and storage, designed much like nautical designers would in a sail boat. We put a bedroom and the and bathroom in the back of the house and a sleeping loft with windows in dormers above to provide head height.
A traditional garage and driveway would have detracted from the rural feel we desired for the property, so we designed a one car garage that looks more like a stable and provided a trellis covered space for a second car that also doubles as a patio. We used a driveable turf that looked more like a pasture than a drive way.”