Infill design for an existing in-town subdivision.
The Garden House is grown to mature form. Plans E1 and E2 offer alternative occupancy options like a choice between apples and oranges. The library is crucial to all options – the passive analog companion to active digital infinity. Yet, a home determined to be free of data scraping. No extraction of data at scale. No Nest. No Ring. No Hey Google. No Alexa. No surveillance dividend. No stealth. Always nature.
The Garden House sprouts more tectonic foliage in the form of a garage or workshop below and either guest quarters or income producing studio above. Square footage is consciously controlled.
The program is yet one of individual idiosyncrasy. The plan is essentially a large studio to meet the requirements of its single occupant. The furniture is built-in. Sleeping does not necessarily require a bedroom. A car port to provide shade is more important in the hot climate. A storage room provides a place for outdoor things.
A plinth will lend a certain prominence to the structure but its containment function may constrain future expansion of the garden. A decorative gesture becomes an unforeseen impediment to tectonic growth. Option A is viable but hard-wires structure and site together. It obstructs development of the garden metaphor.
In older historic neighborhoods, one often encounters homes elevated on their sites by a perimeter retaining wall that serves as a type of plinth.