What started out as a separate backyard studio, through the machinations of the sometimes labyrinthine permitting process, has become an "addition" to the existing house through the expansion of project scope to include a larger wrap-around deck and a connecting screen porch. Other than the switch to pier and beam and the mirroring about the site of the floor plan, the project is substantially the same as conceived.
A progress shot during framing shows the overall composition of the offset gable, knife edge cantilevered roof, covered porch deck, recessed headers, etc.
Standard wood framing techniques were used, including 2x12 pressure treated floor framing utilizing joist hangers allowing for the minimization of concrete piers. Recessed LVL headers allow for floor to ceiling glazed openings at all the window and door locations.
Huber's Zip System sheathing at walls and roof make for a fast and tight building envelope, even more so when combined when spray foam insulation.
Offset gable trusses with a six foot cantilever complete the ensemble.
A flat roofed section connects the new structure to the existing house and with the connecting deck allows for a screen porch to stitch the old and new together into a cohesive whole.
Pre-finished soffit boards and large 8 foot by 8 foot sliding glass doors extend the relatively small conditioned space out into the yard, making the 375 square foot space live much larger than it's tiny footprint.
Exposed trusses in the public area and a reclaimed wood clad utility core, add interest and warmth to the space.
The metallic snap-lock skin of the is taughtly applied to the exterior, and features minimal expressed trim. Windows butt directly up under the eaves, soffits, and ceilings, to give greater emphasis to the connections from interior to exterior. The project is not only about providing much-needed additional conditioned space, but also about making a more useable back yard, even at the expense of making the back yard smaller.