Small Cottage

Backyard Casita






Mona teamed up with her daughter Lisa, son in law Aaron and two grandkids to create this backyard casita near the famous Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto. Nicknamed Chez Mona due to it’s proximity to Chez Panisse, it is walking distance to an abundance of coffee shops, grocery stores, restaurants and all the best that Berkeley has to offer.

The biggest surprise of the entire project came when both Mona moved out of her big home at the top of Euclid in Berkeley and Lisa and her family moved from their home in the Kensington hills and they all realized that while they loved their Golden Gate Bridge views, they had been missing out on the luxury of walking to Philz Coffee and sitting at a cafe together on their way to work. The lack of shuttling kids to every activity was another big plus of being “downtown”.

This is a two bedroom home with completely level surfaces throughout. This includes a flush mounted shower. The home has radiant floor heat, a whole house fan, spray foam insulation in the roof, tile throughout.

The design was tucked in behind a fairly large apartment building to the south but fortunately, both morning and afternoon sun shines in the bedroom and living room windows.

A 610 square feet accessory dwelling in Berkeley, California. Shared by Justin Martinez. Designed by New Avenue Homes.

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  • Reply Brenda Ensman December 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Like the one floor plan. We can not go up &fown stairs.

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  • Reply brenda taylor December 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    This beautifully done home would show better with some careful editing. One of the greatest challenges of living in a small space, is to control the accumulation non-essential possessions that make the space appear cluttered.

  • Reply Kelli Johnson January 15, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I have to agree with another poster, the home looks cluttered, especially the kitchen. To me, accumulation of clutter makes things look dirty and not appealing.

  • Reply Shock Me May 8, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Actually this was the first house I’ve seen here that looks like it is rigged to be lived in rather than displayed. I would have made the bed and put away my shoes though.

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