Did you know that houses can have sidekicks too? When the owners of a sprawling home in Carmel, New York asked Archi-Tectonics to help them design a suitable guest house, they ended up getting an adorable miniature version of the larger dwelling. Appropriately called the “Mini-Me” home, the smaller house was prefabricated off site and fit together to mirror the aesthetic of its big sister.
The residents of the main house wanted a guest abode that stood out, but didn’t upstage the original home. To meet the homeowners’ needs, Archi-Tectonics designed a 1,500-square-foot structure perched atop a stone garage at the top of a hill on the property.The timber-paneled residential portion seems to hug the stone structure, enveloping its exterior. In order to maximize space, the flat roof of the garage doubles as a patio, providing an additional outdoor area with a view of the entire property.
Inside the guest house, the designers placed the bedrooms on the first floor, so that each could open to the outside via sliding glass walls. Each bedroom is expanded onto the porch outside, which leads directly to the nearby lake. Large glass windows cap the façade of the guest house, bringing in natural light and creating openness throughout the interior. The bedrooms are also naturally cooler than they would be if positioned upstairs, which is ideal since the guesthouse is mostly used in warmer months.
The second floor opens up to the living room, kitchen and dining room, which lead to the outdoor terrace for dining al fresco. The Mini-Me guest house may be smaller, but has all of the comforts of home for the residents’ guests.