Homeowners wanted a kitchen that connects to living space. In the back half of the house, the load bearing walls and the rear structural wall were removed. A series of Laminated Veneer Lumber beams were inserted into the floor framing, flush to the ceiling. The result is one interconnected kitchen, family and sun-room without doorways or dropped headers. The new bathroom is elegant and spacious. And the family got their extra bedroom.
After removing an old back yard garage, Jarvis Architects designed this custom cottage to blend in with the main home.
In the sleeping alcove, we built a custom bed headboard. A heat pump supplies heating or cooling and a simple kitchen and bathroom makes it comfortable. It’s versatile building, a student rental, to house younger or older family members, as well as a place to live while renting the much larger house for aging in place are all great options.
ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT
The owners wanted a space for their elderly mother who lives on the East Coast.
Demand for U C Berkeley student housing is also very high in this neighborhood.
And as a practical bonus, the owners plan to move in temporarily during phase 2 on the main house which is enlarging the master bedroom this summer.
See the Jarvis Architects charcoal rendering of the rear facade of the house which shows the custom master bedroom addition.