Garden Guest Cottage

South Bay Area, CA

An original 1960s cottage over garage was a poor match for the main house, a 1890s era Victorian residence.

Poorly detailed and looking shabby next to the painted lady main house, our brief was to update the cottage while making it a better companion to the main residence. In addition, we were to make the garage work both as a place to park cars and as a play space for the children and as a workshop for the husband. We were also to provide storage space for the gardening-keen wife.

What we did:

  • We re-clad the cottage, using painted horizontal redwood siding all the way to the upper floor window sill line.
  • We used painted cedar shingles above this line giving better proportions than the old shingled gable end did.
  • We changed the stair to provide a usable cottage porch while allow for ample garden storage under the cottage porch.
  • We added detailing to the building including carved rafter tails, an awning over the garage door, and a shingle flair over the garden storage door.
  • We lifted the ceiling in the cottage living area to give greater light and air and open the volume into a loft.
  • We added wainscoting and ceiling paneling inside the cottage and with the owner taking the interior design lead, re-worked all of the interior finishes.

The new cottage is updated and comfortable while stepping back in time to work with the Victorian main house.

Credits

Builder:
Howard Construction
17460 High Street
Los Gatos, CA
408-395-9148
www.stevehowardconstruction.com

Landscape design:
Middlebrook Gardens
76 Race Street
San Jose CA
408-292-9993
www.middlebrook-gardens.com

Interior design:
By owner

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