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, 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