Owing to the age and density of established urban centres, homes and apartments in Europe are generally smaller than what they are in North America. In the quest for that bit of extra space, sometimes that means reconfiguring old, awkward apartments with new, space-saving designs, or building a structure out in the rear garden that can double both as an office or as a guesthouse, which is exactly what Dutch architect Tjeerd Bloothoofd of Bloot Architecture did with this little modern 280-square-foot building for a client situated near The Hague. We get a brief tour of the interior thanks to Maria Storgaard of Go Downsize:
The exterior is clad with untreated wood that is meant to weather over time, allowing it to blend in with the rest of the garden eventually.
Stepping inside, one is struck by how well-lit with natural light it is, thanks to a large skylight, large kitchen window and the glass door. The space is open, dominated by the work table right in the middle, and a full wall of shelves to one side. Though the client uses it primarily as an office, the garden studio also has a functional kitchen, toilet, shower and sofa-bed, meaning that it could be useful for guests or even for living in full-time.
The kitchen itself is tucked into the same corner with the bathroom, but thanks to its deep counter, placed right in front of a generous window, it feels like there's actually a lot of space here. Below the sink, there's a small refrigerator and storage.
The bathroom has a toilet that's hung off the wall, creating more floor space. There's a shower to the other side (though as we see in the video, it's currently not being used).
We particularly like this sitting area here that has its own alcove, carved out of the wall of shelves, that has a window perfect for looking out of. The couch conveniently converts into a bed for visitors.
Built with features like underfloor heating, the client's wishlist of features pushed the cost up to USD $44,000, though it could have been built with the basics for $30,000. As Maria mentions, this tiny garden studio could also be outfitted with solar panels for off-grid functionality, or a green roof perhaps to better insulate it. Structures like these offer an additional place to work and even to live in, making more room available in small, existing homes. More over at Bloot Architecture.