Finalist - 2016 Western Living Designers of the Year Award - Arthur Erickson Award
The client acquired a 1930s one-storey bungalow (attached to a 1990s two-storey structure) with the intention of replacing it. However, subsequent changes to the zoning laws meant that any new structure be limited to no more than 1,235 square feet. Of course, it also had to integrate with the adjacent property.
The client was downsizing, and interested in sustainability, so keeping the house small complemented an already efficient energy-management strategy. Additionally, the design uses orientation and thermal massing to capitalize on solar gain.
The layout maximizes every square inch of space, with built-in cabinetry providing valuable, efficient storage while also allowing for an open spacious feel. Given the temperate climate, the main rooms wrap around and access a private courtyard, bringing the outside in and effectively adding another room to the house.