Magazine article Sunset

Efficient, Small, and Flexible

Magazine article Sunset

Efficient, Small, and Flexible

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Efficient, small, and flexible You might say it's in the spirit of "company comes first." In a sence, John Ratzenberger and his family are guests on their own property. For their land in the Pacific Northwest, they asked Seattle architect Rex Hohlbein to design a large family house and a detached two-storey guest house and a detached two-storey guest house with garage and workshop. The smaller dwelling went up quickly, giving them a place to live as the long project of building the big house got under way.

If your budget calls to permanent residence in a limited space, this could be a prototype for a compact house that's still comfortable for a family of four. And if you want to spread out after a few years, you could construct a carport and convert the garage and workshop to living space.

The house has 950 square feet on each level. Garage, workshop, laundry, and entry are on the ground floor. Uptairs is a great room with a kitchen bay on one side, a master bedroom on the other. …

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