ClearSpace gave us a head's up about a nice little write-up over at tinyhouseblog. It's nice to see some love for those designs. We have tiny casitas all the way up to 1500s.f. 3/2 for those with discerning modern tastes. Check it out!
The farmHOUSE design is a revisiting of an earlier project that only got through the schematic design phase. It did however always resonate and is being ressurected for a proposed site in East Austin. Perfectly structured for the south facing 65'x 200' lot, it is composed of a simple 16'x 120' bar that houses 2 bedrooms, a shared bath, living, dining, and kitchen, a covered dogtrot dining porch and the separate master suite.
Concrete block screen walls protect an adjacent "farmyard" for pets, gardens, chickens, and outdoor entertainment, as well as providing "defensible" space in a relatively run-down neighbourhod. Provisions for sliding screens and shutters (not shown) will allow for the home to be locked up tight for extended periods of inoccupation.
4' south facing overhangs provide a shaded walkway from the streetside parking area. The main entry to the compound is through the dog-trot dividing the public spaces from the master bedroom suite. This same dog-trot provides a protected outdoor area for dining and entertainment on a cantilevered extension of the interior kitchen counterspace.
The ample counterspace also has an integrated dining area that mirrors the exterior dining area and provides for easy entertaining with direct access to the outside and the connected covered dog-trot dining porch. A graphically wall-papered entertainment nook anchors the living area and provides a space for the flatscreen TV and cantilevered walnut credenza to house the HiFi and associated AV equipment. Tiled backsplashes in the kitchen, carrera marble counters and open shelving celebrate the love of cooking with a mix of industrial and "luxury" materials.
10' ceilings with long north facing clerestories offer up gallery like lighting and wallspace in the living area for the display of art and sculpture, allowing the simple space to serve as a neutral backdrop for the colour of the inhabitants and their things.
We've been working on another compact design for a Central City Austin backyard. This casita is a two story, 2 bedroom, 2 bath compact accessory dwelling that meets the City of Austin development standards and would be an easy stick build or prefab (modular, panelized, or SIP) for most any city or countryside site.
Entering into the kitchen end of a very compact "great room" (kitchen, island/dining, and living room) one can immediately proceed past the living room and the woodclad downstairs bathroom into the small bedroom, or climb the stairs conveniently housed in the clerestory-lit stair saddlebag to enter the upstairs master suite and it's attached covered porch.
The upstairs suite is fitted with a modest walk-in closet, and a clerstory-lit master bath, with tiled tub and separate shower surround. The master bedroom has views out an 8'x8' slidng door onto the 8'x14' covered second floor porch and a countervailing view out a similarly sized composition of operable and fixed windows in the adjacent wall.
Large floor to ceiling and wall to wall sliders (a nice trick to make tight rooms seem more spacious) allow easy visual and physical access from each of the main downstairs spaces onto a sheltered shallow patio space, and further help to punctuate the composition of the contrasting vertical wood and snap-lock metal siding with Polygal clerstories. This creates an easily buildable and simply detailed exterior skin that taughtly wraps the 14'x32' minimal footprint of the building, making it an ideal self contained retreat for most any site. Shed roofed saddlebags, housing stairs, a cantilevered closet, and a shallow patio, give visual complexity to what is a very simple and carefully considered compact design.