Faced with a tight spot, a Venice, California, couple concocts a clever recipe for a compact, convenient kitchen redo.
Small Space, Big Ideas
Three years ago, architect Douglas Pierson, of the ecominded firm (fer) Studio, and his wife, Youn Choi, designer at Pod Designstudios, hatched a creative fix for a too-small house: They razed their garage and built a second, larger house beside the first, which then became a rental. Although their lot was zoned for two homes, a 650-square-foot footprint dictated that the new, übermodern home had to be built skyward. A 30-foot height limit meant that kitchen and living room would share a single, open-plan floor, with bedrooms above.
"We couldn't fit in a dining room," says Douglas. "The kitchen had to accommodate integrated spaces for storage, prep, cooking, and eating," all in about 200 square feet. It also had to flow seamlessly into the living space to create more room for entertaining and to ensure that cooking doubled as family time for the couple and their children, Oscar, 12, and Sora, 9.