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Oct082009

pre-fab=pretty fabulous!

Photo: Thomas J. Story for Sunset Magazine

This past summer, Sunset Magazine partnered with Modern Cabana to create the Modern Cottage event for their October annual design issue.

The pre-fabricated cottage was designed to a create living spaces that are both eco-friendly and affordable. Consisting of two units, a 10x12 home office and a 12x25 guest suite, it’s a compelling model of minimalist living.

Positioned as a breezeway connecting the two units, the deck was made from a composite material which requires no painting, staining, or sealing. Decking was also installed around the units creating a variety of outdoor areas.

Other exterior features include FSC-certified clear inland cedar and a vertical garden of succulents which creates a living mosaic of shapes, textures, and colors. The angled roof is waterproofed with recycled tire rubber and is available with an integrated solar laminate for power. Two favorite extras—a refreshing outdoor shower and a dog-house with a green roof!

Photo: Thomas J. Story for Sunset Magazine Photo: Thomas J. Story for Sunset Magazine


Photo: Thomas J. Story for Sunset MagazineInterior features include a sleek compact kitchenette using built-ins and bar-size appliances. A sliding door allows natural light in and opens to a back deck that includes a fire pit and outdoor kitchen.

Eco-friendly bamboo flooring runs throughout the cottage and corrugated walls enclose a corner off the office—inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s use of industrial steel in residential buildings.

We’re thrilled that the living-area included our space saving flex sofa which converts to a bed. As an office desk, an old door with a frosted glass top was suspended from the ceiling and paired with our surf chair and trig file cabinet. For more details—including pricing estimates—check out the October issue of Sunset Magazine.

We look forward to your comments and photos if you were there!

Photo: Thomas J. Story for Sunset Magazine

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