Small Houses

Sometimes “less is more” – we view the guest house, cottage or small house as the expression of architecture in its most basic form. We invite you to explore our portfolio of small houses in Oregon, which highlight…

  • Sustainable design – small often lends itself to less impact and less energy,
  • Care shown to work within our clients’ scale and budget, and
  • Our experience with site constraints, planning ordinances and challenging lots.

“Carlos and Tom are fun to work with. They’re collaborative, flexible and super creative. They understood what Janet and I were looking for straight off. They worked very compatibly with our contractor always mindful of our budget. The project was to design a guest cottage that not only tied with the distinctive look of our house, but expressed a more up-to-date look and feel; they completely nailed it. The space is inviting and comfortable and includes all the features we’d asked for.

The innovative solution in the cottage is the “floating wall” – a birch plank wall that sits about two thirds of the way into the main room. On the living room side it anchors a loveseat and sitting area, on the other side there’s a vanity and sink. The ceilings are high so the wall stands in the room. It’s an absolutely beautiful solution for dividing space and maintaining an open expansive feel. Janet and I enthusiastically recommend Carlos and Tom.”

Neal Schuler and Janet Vetterli