5 years after the main house was built, our clients asked if they could add a separate studio for their guests. We designed and built a new structure that is separate but related. All photography by Benjamin Benschneider.
We chose to align the structure with the north rear section of the main house with a 10’ separation. This allowed for more yard and privacy for their guests.
Everyone wanted the project to be sustainable, so solar panels were installed on the roofs of both residences, which has allowed for net zero energy consumption.
The Owners enjoy traveling to Iceland, which inspired us to use a spare but natural pallet on the interior. Large sliders were used to open up to the yard in summer.
The location of the studio required retaining walls, which we chose to expose. Concrete makes and excellent backsplash in the kitchen.
The new studio is all electric, with the water heater tucked under the stair next to a stack washer/drier.
A stair leads up to the loft bedroom. The interior is clad with stained plywood that was laser scanned and cnc’ed by the Contactor, Dow Built.
The bedroom is well lit, but window & skylight locations were chosen carefully to allow for complete privacy from the main house.
Concrete retaining walls also serve well for the shower surround in the bathroom.
We incorporated a Sauna, that is complimented with an outdoor deck and shower. The entry porch is also clad in cedar.
While separated by a gap, the two buildings are conjoined by form and materials, and integrated as a whole composition to the site.
A separate living unit added to the rear of the Cycle House