Site size: 6,500 square feet
Project size: 550 square feet
Program: The owner wanted a one-bedroom guesthouse behind a primary residence.
Location: East Austin, Texas
Solution: The house’s 320-square-foot footprint is the maximum allowed by the city for this East Austin residential lot. To gain enough volume within that small area for a one-bedroom dwelling, the second floor leans out away from the first, hugging building setback planes and an angled utility easement at the back of the property. Tilting walls allow for a covered porch and outdoor shower, as well as expanded living, sleeping, bathing, and cooking spaces throughout. The design draws inspiration from Dutch and Japanese precedents that have shown exceptional ability to find playful solutions under tight spatial constraints.
Construction and materials: The house features wood and metal framing, cedar shake siding, and stucco interior walls. Cabinetry is made from reclaimed longleaf pine.
Completion date: May 2015
Gross square footage: 500 square feet
Total construction cost: $160,000
Client: Kerthy Fix
Owner: Kerthy Fix
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Nicole Blair, Principal, Lead Designer
Structures - Jerry Garcia, Ryan Stolz Engineers
Casey Dunn; Whit Preston; Adam Schreiber
Boban Brothers - wood and steel framers
Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project: W2 Macfab - structural steel supplier + fabricator
Wood: Cedar Shakes - repurposed roofing material obtained from R Builders.
Tile/shingles: Cedar Shakes - repurposed roofing material obtained from R Builders.
Glass: Arrow Glass - frameless glass shower enclosure
Skylights: Vellux - operable bath skylight
Insulated-panel or plastic glazing: Arrow Glass - custom insulated glass panels at window wall
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Wishtree Carpentry - Matt Prine
Raised flooring: Delta Millworks - shou-sugi-ban supplier (used for flooring, desktop, and nightstand)
Special interior finishes unique to this project: Delta Millworks - shou-sugi-ban supplier (used for flooring, desktop, and nightstand); Drophouse – interior steel fabricator; Antonio Juarez —exposed copper plumbing detail fabricator
Other unique products that contribute to sustainability: Reclaimed longleaf pine cabinet fronts.