A client with grown children requested a small dwelling that could double as a work space. Cedar siding painted in Jet Black by Benjamin Moore contrasts the natural wood fencing.
"We took a lot of time designing the cabinets," Baird says. "We wanted the refrigerator to be hidden, to have as many windows as possible with views to the garden and courtyard, and to have no upper cabinets." Baltic birch plywood cabinets are paired with white oak countertops. The combination speed oven, microwave, and convection oven is from Miele.
In the dining area, a garage door opens up to the adjacent courtyard, thereby doubling the size of the space. "The garage door simply lifts out of the way and does not need the same amount of space as french doors or even accordion walls," Baird says of the choice.
A midcentury modern sofa and chairs are paired with a Japanese Tansu cabinet.
To contrast the dark exterior, the interiors are all painted white.
The gap between the house and the fence creates a small patio with space for raised bed vegetable gardening.