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Garden Cottage

Silver Spring, Maryland

Our Client approached us to design and construct for her a small retreat cabin -- right in her own backyard.

The extremely tight site location and very strict permitting requirements brought challenges at every step of the project, but the results are a lovely and welcoming space for relaxing and entertaining, just a few steps from her back door.

We designed a flexible multi-use space with living room, bathroom with shower, storage area, loft, potting room, and a charming screened porch -- all nestled into a little less than 600 square feet.

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Concept Rendering of Front of Cottage

Concept Rendering of Front of Cottage
Concept View of Garden Cottage

Concept View of Garden Cottage
Rendering of the Bare Timber Frame

Rendering of the Bare Timber Frame
Early Interior Perspective Rendering

Early Interior Perspective Rendering
Foundation Footings Dug and Ready for Concrete.  (Did I mention the site is TIGHT?)

Foundation Footings Dug and Ready for Concrete. (Did I mention the site is TIGHT?)
Frame on Erection Day

Frame on Erection Day
Side View of Frame During Raising

Side View of Frame During Raising
The SIPS are Installed and the Porch Framed -- The Cottage Begins to Take Shape

The SIPS are Installed and the Porch Framed -- The Cottage Begins to Take Shape
Smooth Wallboard Sets off the Rough Framing Members

Smooth Wallboard Sets off the Rough Framing Members
Screen Porch is Complete and the Garden Cottage Nears Completion

Screen Porch is Complete and the Garden Cottage Nears Completion
Porch and Utility Room are Stick-Framed in Full-Dimension Rough-Sawn Poplar for a Nostalgic Cottage Style Feel

Porch and Utility Room are Stick-Framed in Full-Dimension Rough-Sawn Poplar for a Nostalgic Cottage Style Feel
Doors and windows installed.

Doors and windows installed.
Cement-fiber board siding and trim will help this building resist the elements for a very long time.

Cement-fiber board siding and trim will help this building resist the elements for a very long time.
It always warms our hearts to see out clients so happy, especially when their note of thanks is attached to a full cookie tin!

It always warms our hearts to see out clients so happy, especially when their note of thanks is attached to a full cookie tin!