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.
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.
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.
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.
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.