Tiny & modern brick guesthouse was once a laundry boiler room

Azevedo Design
© Azevedo Design

In a tough economy, many are finding ways to cope. Some do it by moving in with aging parents, others may lease out their primary residence while living in a converted coach house in the back, while others may rent the same suite out back to tourists via online services like AirBnB. Whatever the reason, a secondary living space is pretty useful; in the case of this San Francisco residence, architect Christi Azevedo of Azevedo Design renovated a small, derelict brick building out back into a modern guest house.

Dating back to 1916 and originally used as a laundry boiler room, the structure's footprint measures a measly 8'-2" x 11'-6" feet, or approximately 93 square feet. To transform it into a larger space, Azevedo added a mezzanine level for a bed and bathroom area, using the old building's existing roof beams to support the new intervention.

Azevedo Design© Azevedo Design

There is a full-sized kitchen, living room with all the usual suspects of sofa, and a multi-purpose table for dining in or lounging around. A kitchen prep counter moves out to attach to the stairs, providing extra counter space.

Azevedo Design© Azevedo Design
Azevedo Design© Azevedo Design

The stairs are particularly beautiful. Azevedo, who is trained as an architect, has also fabricated customized, modernist furniture of wood and steel for a number of years and renovated her own home, knows her power tools. Known to work hands-on on her projects, this lovely detail is an insight into her skillful craftsmanship.

Azevedo Design© Azevedo Design

As we come upstairs, we see a large, queen-sized bed and bathroom, plus a wall of storage drawers hidden in the small passageway. To allow more natural daylighting in, Azevedo put in a glass landing stepping up to the bed. There's storage hidden in the hinged headboards -- a clever idea.

Azevedo Design© Azevedo Design
Azevedo Design© Azevedo Design

It goes to show that tiny homes don't necessarily have to be kitschy or on wheels. Once a dilapidated little room, these brick walls are now living on as a tasteful, tiny guest house, marrying wood and steel into a harmonious whole. More over at Azevedo Design.

Tags: Less Is More | Small Spaces

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