Karen’s backyard cottage by New Avenue Homes

Gallery: Karen's Cottage by New Avenue Homes

This attractive little cottage in Berkeley, California was built behind an existing small house. Karen, the homeowner, needed additional space for regular long-term guests. Since Berkeley allows accessory dwelling units, she hired New Avenue Homes to build one for her. New Avenue Homes offers a turn-key approach to getting a small house built, managing the design, permitting and construction processes.

Karen’s cottage has 280 ft2 (26 m2) on the ground level plus a sleeping loft. The ground level includes the living area, a compact kitchen and a full bath. A butcher block work surface doubles as both a desk and a dining counter. If you’d rather face your dining companion, there would be enough room to replace the work surface with a small table and a couple of chairs.

Gallery: Karen's Cottage by New Avenue Homes

The sleeping loft covers half the lower floor. It is big enough for a double bed and has storage cabinets built into the low-ceiling spaces at the sides. The loft is accessed by an alternating tread stair. They take up much less space than a regular set of stairs, and are easier to ascend and descend than a ladder.

If you enjoyed this article, you may be interested in our other articles on accessory dwelling units. You can learn more about ADUs at AccessoryDwellings.org.

Photos and plans courtesy of New Avenue Homes.

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