Barn Wood Guest House

barn wood guest cottage

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.

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“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.”

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Photos © Dotter & Solfjeld Architecture & Design

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6 Responses to Barn Wood Guest House

  1. Ken Vrana says:

    The barn siding was the exterior cladding and there’s clearly another layer of wood inside but what, if anything was done for insulation?

  2. Lew Lewandowski says:

    Hi Ken,

    The barn wood was very probably nailed to plywood sheathing which, in turn, was nailed to 2″×4″ framing with fiberglass batt insulation between the studs, although a more friendly insulation like wool could have been used. The interior wood work was executed by Scott Constable using locally sustainable harvested wood.

    • Ken Vrana says:

      Thank you so much. That’s what I was guessing. I am the CEO of the 1 in 8 Foundation and we are building a barn out of reclaimed wood that will predomanently be used by people with cancer who want to read or meditate and as a place for me to give painting lessons. It will include a a silo and over look a pond. One end will be without windows (the silo side.) The other ‘end’ will be all glass not only for light but at night the barn will look like it’s levitating. The main structure on the property will be a home I designed back in 1970, which at the time could not be build because the technology didn’t exist (solar, thermal, etc.) Three sides will be without windows and bermed to the roof with soil and the back will be floor to ceiling glass. The middle of the house will be open to the sky with windows all around. How does wool compare to regular bat cost wise?

      Thank you so much for getting back to me. I’d like to stay in touch.


      PS grew up with a kid named Le(v)andowski

  3. Anonymous says:

    wow….architect- designed…kind of shoots the affordable ” small space” concept in the foot- yes, I know it’s a guest house…..probably 100k-250k ?

  4. Steve In Millcreek UT says:

    Yes wow! I’ll take quality over size, thank you.

  5. Edward Mugarian says:

    Where do I find plans for this home?

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