Cottage Restoration

San Luis Obispo, CA

When the homeowners purchased this property, they were committed to keeping the original 576 square-foot cottage, so we added 380 sqft, following the first rule of sustainable building: Small is Beautiful.

Some of the most effective and resource-conserving finishes included: the reuse of existing and reclaimed windows, doors, cabinets, floors and fixtures; reclaimed bowling alley flooring and Richlite paper countertops; on-demand tankless hot water heaters; and sun tubes for increased daylighting. Certified sustainably harvested wood was used everywhere possible while preexisting wood floors were repaired and refinished. A “California Driveway” was created which uses only two strips of concrete with native plantings in the middle for more natural drainage as well.

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Project Details
  • Location:

    San Luis Obispo, California

  • Completion Date:

    February 2008

  • Space:
    • 956 sqft Living
    • 2-car Garage
    • 2 Bedrooms
    • 2 Bathrooms
  • Architect/Designer:

    Jennifer Rennick

  • Production Manager:

    Paul Rose

  • Production Team:

    Matt Herndon

  • Materials:
    • Refinished Wood
    • Marmoleum Natural Flooring
    • Reclaimed Bowling Alley Countertops
    • Richlite Paper Countertops
    • On-demand Tankless Hot Water Heater
    • California-style Driveway
    • Reclaimed Concrete Garden Walls
    • Highest Efficiency Forced Air Unit

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