The Small House Done Well
Proper scale and great details make 1200 sq. ft. an interesting place to live.
Synopsis: In upstate New York, the owners of a large farmstead decided to convert an existing outbuilding into a house. This article looks at the finished design, with an eye to gleaning lessons for any small home.
Right away, I could see that this project wouldn’t result in a big house that followed a ten-Dumpster teardown. The owners of a large farmstead here in upstate New York wanted the firm my wife and I own to expand a tiny outbuilding into a small house. The site was a real challenge: The building was situated near a busy road in front; behind, the ground rose abruptly up the hillside. The owners also insisted we save a 40-ft. cedar tree that grew only a few feet from the structure, which immediately limited our options. This project would be a challenge.
But despite this peculiar context, there are lessons here for anyone…