New ADU on the Owners’ property features a Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchenette, and indoor and outdoor areas designed for passive solar gain.


Completed Project

Backyard Cottage patio
Backyard Cottage garden
Backyard Cottage clerestory + roof
Backyard Cottage eating + Kitchen-c
Backyard Cottage Kitchen
Backyard Cottage clerestory-Kitchen detail
Backyard Cottage masonry + ceiling

Project Details

Location: Berkeley, CA

The one-bedroom and one-bathroom tiny home serves as the primary living quarters for our client while they rent out the main house.

  • This new 500 square-foot cottage is on the northwest corner in the rear portion of the site.
  • The cottage’s design and orientation is for passive solar heating.
  • High windows also bring in views of the garden and trees while helping to maintain privacy.
  • Radiant heat in the exposed slab on grade heats the home using a high-efficiency water heater.
  • The Kitchenette although small serves its culinary purpose for the owners.