Office Cottage

Blank slate of a backyard

Before – a blank slate of a backyard

Last fall, I was contacted by a lovely couple in Old North Durham with a 1920s bungalow.  He needed to get his office out of the enclosed porch at the back of their home and to someplace with a little more elbow room, and while they were at it, maybe a guest house would make sense.  And maybe some storage too? So the Office Cottage began.  We worked with the details on the main house, including the crossed gables and nine-over-one windows, and then added a few interior bits of fun like a high ceiling and bungalow-style colonnade for storage.  Off the back, with the entrance well-hidden, is a large shed space for all their gardening, biking, and outside storage needs.

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And after – a sweet little cottage (you can spot the gate in both photos, for reference)

The whole process was a new challenge for 4/1, in that it is the first free-standing, all-together new structure that I’ve designed.  That said, given the reference point of the existing house to jump from, it was a pleasure to solve the puzzles.  The homeowners still need to wrap up painting on the inside before it’ll be ready for its closeup, but until then here’s a little peek into the interior:

Looking from the entrance to the main workspace - the stained concrete floor turned out beautifully.

Looking from the entrance to the main workspace – the stained concrete floor turned out beautifully, though a little dusty today!

and the view from the workspace back to the main house

And the view from the workspace back to the main house.  Flexible sconces will keep lamps off his desk – can’t wait to see it all painted!

 

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