From Car Garage to Modish Cottage: The Cubby

Resplendent And Versatile

 

Okay first, a quick architectural history lesson:  Bernard Maybeck was a famous Architect in the San Francisco area way back in the early 1900s, specializing in the Arts and Crafts style.  If you hadn’t heard of him before, well, now you have.  And better yet, you’ll get to see some of his work below!

 

When the 1923 Berkeley fire destroyed the family house, along with several hundred other homes, the Maybecks turned to tiny house living. Bernard Maybeck designed a one-room studio for his son Wallen to live in while the rest of the family took up residence in a tiny cottage that was moved onto the property. The building had a very wide sheltering roof, a typical feature of Maybeck’s residential designs. Taking advantage of the 4′ (1.2 m) overhangs, the young couple pushed the walls out to obtain more space inside. That added space was used for a two-piece bathroom and a simple kitchen on the downhill side, and seating nooks flanking an oversized concrete fireplace on the opposite wall. Both parts of the cottage have high, airy ceilings. In the original garage, the exposed trusses were stained a teal blue to highlight them against the redwood paneling. The bedroom addition was finished with stained plywood.

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