Contemporary Cottage Living
Meet our latest cottage plan by Bay Area architect Cathy Schwabe. It’s only 840 square feet but thanks to a wide deck, soaring ceilings, large windows, and strategically placed built-ins, it feels much larger. Recalling the “Hedgerow Houses” that her former mentor Joe Esherick designed at the Sea Ranch on the Northern California coast, this shed roof design suits a sloping country lot.
Plan 891-3 is rustic and contemporary at the same time, thanks to the board-
and-batten siding and the crisp angular outline. The layout is eminently
practical: one bedroom, one bath plus a study-guest room and a kitchen-living
area off the deck. The small entry has room for coats and boots; the glass front door adds spaciousness. The kitchen doubles as the dining room with a table at
the center. It’s compact but functional and welcoming: sink under the windows, ample counter space, warm wood floor, walls, and cabinetry to complement the white ceiling, which amplifies the daylight. The living room has windows on
three sides and opens to the deck through sliding doors, all of which makes the space feel like a separate pavilion in the air. A cylindrical Rais wood stove
occupies one corner. The focal point in the bedroom is the window bay containing a low counter and built-in shelves for book storage and display.
Nearby is the small study with its simple built-in desk under a row of pendant lights. (All photos by David Wakely)
One of the things that makes this little cabin so compelling is the carefully studied proportions of the windows — they line up, are set low in the wall — to allow you to see the ground outside even when you are sitting down — and are consistent from room to room. It’s the little wood cabin that conjures getaway dreams, and joins Cathy’s Studio Plan 891-1 in our Signature Plans Collection. Thanks, Cathy!
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