|Studio / RCL
Structural Engineer: Lindon Schultz
General Contractor: Herman Vallejo
The challenge of creating an elegant and functional space at the rear of a 750 square-foot California bungalow that sits
in the midst of a stream of tightly packed tract homes was only one of the issues faced by RCL on this project.
Due to city building codes, the construction of a two-car garage was required before any other addition to the house
would be allowed. To construct both a garage and a room addition would essentially fill the entire rear area of the tiny
lot eliminating any possibility of a yard or patio space. RCL discovered however, that the city would permit the
addition of a room less than 100 square feet (not including closets) without the construction of a garage. The young couple,
both artists (he, a violinist, and she, a costume designer) approached the project with open minds, realizing that their
desire for a new room would demand an extremely creative solution due to the limitations of the city code, lot space and
the neighborhood environment, but perhaps the biggest challenge was their modest budget of $20,000. To design an addition
that could be built for $20,000 involved a range of considerations beyond creative design including innovative low-cost and
durable materials as well as straight-forward and time-conscious construction considerations.