Do you want a glass wall but don't want to feel exposed in your cottage? In this design, we've placed a rusted custom cut steel screen wall just in front of the cottage, which will eventually be overgrown by flowering vines, creating privacy for both cottage and house, soft dappled light in the main floor, and a custom element that gives the cottage a distinctive feel which is both natural and a little bit industrial.
This second design takes advantage of a steep corner site to make a sunlit treehouse with a iconic form and stripped down modern details. The end of the gable house peers out at a mature maple and the Olympics in the background. The cottage has an inverted plan with vaulted living spaces up, and sleeping downstairs.
The third one sits delicately between some large heritage trees (made much more difficult by the city's somewhat inchoate Tree preservation plan requirements). The big porch is a natural extension of the public spaces of the house, with the private spaces screening views to the primary residence.