Anchoring the Southern border street grid of a Single Family Cottage District, this corner lot is bounded by a verdant nature trail. The original 50'-0" wide lot neighborhood - devoid of any alley access -is highly constricted and shackled by traditional front and rear yard zoning laws. Required rear yard garages with mandatory 12'-0" wide impervious cover side yard driveways regulate a 3,000 Sq. Ft. building program that render outdoor living spaces to small, segregated, unusable parcels of land. This narrow lot paradigm demanded space saving innovations and tight cohesive design solutions to merge a better flowing solution with the indoor / outdoor spaces.
The program diagram illustrates how spatial configurations of the rooms were optimized - when compared to the neighborhood precedent - to render the maximum usable outdoor space within the allowable building lot area. Utilizing a modern "one room wide" open plan - consistent with historical precedence - mimics the proportions of the original neighborhood cottages. The corner lot allowed us to convert the traditional 12’-0” wide driveway into a courtyard providing a connection with the indoor / outdoor - doubling the size of the public living spaces.
Gracious glass window / door openings and the cottage vernacular bay window act to merge the interior spaces with the pool courtyard defined by the perimeter stone wall. Exterior steel arbors serve as protection from the sun casting ever changing shadows on the white stucco walls. The south facing front yard porch reaches out as an inviting gesture towards the neighborhood, consistent with the character of the neighborhood. Housed in the traditional bay window stair well, the open, hanging, folded, blackened finish steel plate stair subtly emphasizes the materiality while melding with the black painted steel structure throughout delivering unobstructed courtyard views. This home and its design solutions are the epitome of a small site with big living.