I would like you to design a compact (about 400 sq ft, plus loft), very efficient accessory building with character/charm in about a 16’x24’ or 16’x28’ footprint.
I want to use standard sized building materials (4’x4’, 4’x8’, and 4’x10’) to minimize onsite work and keep down construction costs and waste.
Construction budget will be tight.
The building will be a guesthouse/office/extra living space. It should allow for multiple distinct uses in each designated area: sleeping, kitchen/food prep, living/study.
- Construction should use standard-sized building materials to minimize on-site work. I may assemble some of the panels off-site then truck them in and install.
- Please try to use cost effective, innovative low maintenance materials to keep maintenance costs low.
- Small efficient kitchen with sink, fridge, dishwasher, stovetop (but no oven) and hooded fan
- Small efficient bathroom with shower, sink, toilet
1. My lot has size constraints. The first floor cannot be wider than about 17 ft (16’ for floor panels plus 4” wall widths on both sides). No larger. Please use standard 4’x8’ and/or 4’x4’ panels for the floor
2. The first floor walls can be either 8’ or 10’ panel heights. Use 4’x8’ or 4’x10’ wall panels.
3. Always design for efficiency of use and economy of space. We need to maximize usefulness of every square inch of space. Multi-purpose furniture, fold-away bed, etc. Also, the space should not appear cluttered.
4. Seek to minimize custom stick-built construction work. Use standard size construction materials as much as possible. 4’x4’, 4’x8’ and 4’x10’. For example, I’m thinking the walls will be standard 4” thick 4’x8’ structural insulated panels (“SIPS”) and the roof will be standard 6” thick 4’x10’ SIPS.
6. Aim for minimum maintenance with long lasting materials. NO STUCCO and minimize painted wood.
7. Add as much storage as possible, using unusual places. Try to use every inch of extra space you can think of. For example, toe kick drawers in the kitchen (assuming that you use cabinets in the kitchen).
8. Maybe a virtual outside room. Maybe possible roof panel overhang with columns to create “virtual room” outside to expand the feeling of the size of the building.
9. Significant eave overhangs. No flat roof unless a part of exterior roof deck.
10. Again, NO STUCCO.
11. Maybe present a couple of different exteriors as alternatives. See what works best for you.
The most important criteria are (1) cost-effective standardized construction, (2) creative use of space, and (3) giving this tiny guesthouse character and ZING! so it doesn’t have a “small box” vib.
1. A layout, plan view, top view,
2. Sections and/or elevations
3. Bird’s eye views
4. Eye level views
5. Color renderings
Address of site:
629 24th Place, Hermosa Beach, CA