Amazing cottage makeover

A clever addition spans a driveway to create one beautiful, airy home from two tiny cottages. See the transformation

Before the gap was bridged
Thomas J. Story

Before

These two tiny houses, each measuring 640 square feet, sat next to eachother for more than 80 years. The one-bedroom cottages were smaller than any other homes in the working-class neighborhood of Albany, California, and it seemed the only way to expand either one was to build up or start over. 

That was until artist Michael Shemchuk drove by. Now the house is a colorful, contemporary gem, with a stunning dining room where the driveway used to be. 

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