The owner of this small house was seeking a place of solace following a number of hectic life events. However her budget was severely limited…only $28,000. Architect Henry Yorke Mann devised a home with 300 ft2 (27.9 m2) of living area in the shape of a cross. The shape defines distinct areas for the kitchen, the entrance and a seating area. They are arranged around a central core, giving a feeling of openness and allowing for sharing of space. A sleeping loft and a 100 ft2 (9.3 m2) cellar supplement the main living area.
The entire interior is lined with pine boards, treated only with a drying oil. The wood gives the interior a warm golden glow. A large skylight at the peak of the vaulted roof floods the small home with light. Shelves built around the tops of the walls are used for display and for storage.
The shape of the house was a factor in keeping the construction cost low. Although the roof is complex, with hips on all sides, the symmetry allowed for efficient construction since multiple pieces could be cut to the same length and angle at once. Costs were also kept down by using inexpensive pine for the exterior siding and interior finish. The home is well-insulated, and is heated by a small propane fireplace.
Quietude was built by Ken Silbernagel. Photographs by Stuart Bish.
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