Magazine article Sunset

Small Now, but Designed for Expansion

Magazine article Sunset

Small Now, but Designed for Expansion

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"It has potential for remodel and addition." People looking for a house are used to hearing this; for someone looking over blueprints of a new house, though, it may come as a surprise. But Seattle architectural firm Nissen/Nissen designed Michael Schramm's and Tetsuro Yano's tiny house (1,140 square feet of finished living space) to be expandable inside and out.

The drawings at right show how the house functions today, as well as glimpses of how it will change. Accessible only by an outside door off the lower garden, the bottom floor isn't yet finished.

On the top floor, the kitchen, dining, and living spaces open to one another; a large glass door leads from the living area onto a deck. This common space (which will remain the same as the rest of the house changes) is ample for two people.

First additions will come on the bouse's street-facing side: a garage, a garden wall, and a brick terrace. …

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