Small Cool 2009: J & R's Redwood "Earthquake Shack"

Little Division #07

Name: J & R
Location: San Francisco, California
Size: 650 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? Reclaimed redwood cathedral ceiling. The installed skylights add so much beautiful natural light, the wood keeps the place homey and warm.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? The house is made up of two 1906 "Earthquake Shacks"- tiny redwood shacks built after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, joined together (the FEMA Trailers of their day!) Months later when rebuilding began, people transported the shacks to properties throughout the city and called them home- my place is made up up two 300 sq ft shacks put together, along with a small modern addition.

In such a small space each piece of furniture has to be picked with the utmost care, I liked the architectural details - the redwood interior and ceiling, the tile in the kitchen, the soapstone counters- and didn't want the furniture to steal any attention away from these details. So the place is minimally furnished, with select pieces, to keep the attention on the openness of the space and the warmth of the architectural details. The challenge was to find furniture that works in the space but that lets the design and architecture be the focus.

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