The cottage has a living area and a dining bar a kitchen and a bathroom (plus front porch) on the main floor and a sleeping loft upstairs. This cottage is used by the family as an additional space to their home. Keeping the decor very simple helps maximize space in Karen’s Cottage but it definitely has an earthy homey feel nonetheless which is fitting for its suburban locale. Images via TinyHouseBlog.
Fast-forward to the present day when San Francisco and the Bay Area have become an incredibly hot real estate market. Rents are high and home prices are even higher. California has notoriously restrictive building codes but history matters too—if you have a cottage no matter how dilapidated in your backyard you can fix it up (with permits of course) and it can become a rental property or extra space for whoever’s living in the main house. There are plenty of these cottages in Berkeley backyards and each has their own personality and style.
Giving a new lease on life to an old and dreary that was short on space the latest extension and refurbishment project carried out by DOS Architects steals the show with its elegant blend of the old and the new.
The showstopper of this cool home that we discovered on Tradition is the glass flooring on the top level that not only acts as a stunning ceiling for the entry and living area but also allows a flood of natural light to seep through to the lower level. But this gorgeous attic apartment offers much more than this captivating highlight!
The exterior of the private residence is clad in low-maintenance cedar giving it a warm inviting appeal while its deft design combines adequate privacy with wonderful views. Dark cement boards separate the house from the shared laneway while a simple breakfast room welcomes you inside and also doubles as an indoor porch.