A humble abode for a woman moving from Arizona back to Maryland to be closer to her daughter's family, who live in a red house directly behind my client's.
It had to look small from the road, as if it were an outbuilding to her daughter's house. To keep the roof height low, I designed the back half of the house under a shed roof, and inset the side walls a bit from the front component to break up the sides.
The garage is concealed behind the house and is detached. A pergola visually connects it to the home.
Everybody who visits Grandma's house first passes under the pergola, to the screened door that comes into her kitchen.
This parking area is shared by my client and her daughter's family.
During construction: here you can see the existing home behind my client's. I had to design this cottage to compliment the house behind in material, color, roof overhangs, window styles, etc. They now look as if they were built at the same time.
During: even though the home's profile had to be kept modest so as not to dominate the daughter's house behind, my client still wanted high ceilings and light. The awning windows are above the outside porch roof, and the wall between the Great Room and the Study/Guest Bedroom does not extend to the ceiling. This allows you to see the windows at each gable end, from each room. Nice air flow too.
That's a Murphy bed in the study, for guests.
One of the client's daughters discovered this giant whisk, rescued from an old bakery billboard somewhere near Philly, well after I'd completed these drawings. By happy coincidence it looks as if I designed this doorway FOR the whisk, doesn't it?