Readymade backyard cottage

Our modular project offers space to live, work, and relax–without breaking the bank

modern cottage exterior

 Thomas J. Story

Welcome to the Modern Cottage

Need a little more room? We partnered with San Francisco-based prefab firm Modern Cabana to create a pared-down modular project that provides a bit more square footage without the need for an over-the-top home addition.

The resulting guest suite and home office function separately as highly flexible bonus rooms. And combined with the outdoor entertaining areas, they offer a compelling model of minimalist living.

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outdoor dining area of modern cottage

 Thomas J. Story

Instant outdoor dining room

The deck bridging the two units creates an elegant outdoor dining room, accessible from both rooms.

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 E. Spencer Toy

Natural connection

We visually connected the two cabanas by installing a 9’ x 9’ willow panel created by The Willow Farm.

The panel shades the outdoor dining space and offers textural contrast to the FSC-certified clear inland cedar siding from Natural Forest Distribution.

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 E. Spencer Toy

Sculptural plantings

We used plantings to create layers of interest to the cottages’ facade.

Bella Vita Garden Design created the planting beds with art and design in mind. The varied succulents are a low-water landscape choice that creates a sculptural effect.

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 E. Spencer Toy

Vertical garden

A vertical wall of succulents by Flora Grubb Gardens hangs at the front of the guest suite. Get a closer look at that next.

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 E. Spencer Toy

Vertical garden

The succulents, packed into their vertical outdoor planter, create a living mosaic of shapes, textures, and color.

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 E. Spencer Toy

Multipurpose deck

The TimberTech deck around our cottage offers a variety of outdoor destinations.

The metal details were inspired by architect Mies van der Rohe,  who championed the use of industrial steel in modern architecture.

Corrugated walls enclose a corner off the office. See why next.

modern cottage

Sheila Schmitz

Cool outdoor room

A refreshing outdoor shower is just the thing for outside an office (or painter's studio, or beach cabin...).

A "Slat Rack" (here, holding towels) by Wallter doubles as exterior art.

Deck of the Modern Cottage Idea House

 Thomas J. Story

Modern Cottage deck

The deck of the Modern Cottage Idea House is made from a composite material by TimberTech which requires no painting, staining, or sealing.

We used it as a platform for a lounge area off an outdoor kitchen.

 

A living room with bright green accent wall in the Modern Cottage Idea House

Thomas J. Story

Double duty living room

Living-area space savers include a CB2 Flex sofa that converts to a full-size bed as well as floor pillows made of sturdy Sunbrella fabric that can be used indoors and out.

Eco-friendly bamboo flooring by Armstrong runs throughout both of the units.

Green living room from the Modern Cottage Idea House.

 Thomas J. Story

Roll with it

Sunset worked with The Beholder to curate an affordable art collection.

Custom storage cubes on casters located on either side of the sofa house guest bedding.

A tree wall decal coat rack.

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Trim a "tree"

Coat hooks mounted on a wall decal form a functional display.

A view of the kitchen from the Modern Cottage Idea House

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Nab a nook

Built-ins and bar-size appliances equip the one-wall kitchenette for guests.

The sparkling CaesarStone quartz countertops and backsplash contrast with dark-stained custom oak cabinets.

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 E. Spencer Toy

Comforts of home

A sleek compact kitchen tucks into one side of the guest suite. The sliding door opens to a back deck with fire pit and outdoor kitchen.

Custom bath vanity in the Modern Cottage Idea House

 Thomas J. Story

Save space

Small but stylish, the custom bath vanity offers storage for towels and toiletries beneath the Kohler sink and faucet. There’s also a clothes closet just outside the bathroom door.

Small office in the Modern Cottage.

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Reuse

For the office desk, we topped an old door with frosted glass, and suspended it from the ceiling on 3/16-inch cable wire.

Home office with hanging clipboards.

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Rethink

One partial roll of wallpaper and $20 worth of clipboards add up to a snazzy home-office wall.

A children's prefab playhouse.

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Step to it

Belgard pavers provide slip-resistant footing next to Modern Cabana’s 4- by 51/2-foot Kiddo prefab playhouse.

modern cottage

Sheila Schmitz

Modern doghouse

The pooch should have a modern cottage, too. This one sports a living roof.

Source: Modern Cabana (click on "Models and Pricing")

modern cottage

 E. Spencer Toy

Eco touches

A tree aloe in a resin pot stands tall against the office wall. The cottage’s angled metal roof is available with an integrated solar laminate to power the unit. The roof is waterproofed with recycled tire rubber.

Base price for the small structure is $12,000; $31,000 for the larger one. The versions shown here are upgrades ($16,375 and $72,500, including appliances). More info at Modern Cabana.

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