Sarah Deeds salvaged a magnificent Redwood tree in California that was felled to widen a Sonoma County highway. She used the beautiful timber to clad Small Studio, an oddly-shaped 120 square foot office built beside her renovated Victorian home. All of the wood used to construct the office and art studio is either reclaimed or FSC-certified, and a host of other green building strategies ensure that the structure's carbon footprint is as tiny as its size.
Placed on a 3,100 square foot lot, the tiny studio was a labor of love for both John McBride, a carpenter, and Sarah. They sourced all of their own materials and did the design and the construction, which allowed them to tweak details as they went along. One of the biggest challenges was the odd shape, which was necessary to maximize interior space despite the mini footprint.
In addition to using salvaged materials, Sarah used no VOC paints, stains and finishes, denim insulation and formaldehyde-free fiberglass, and a large south-facing window is shaded by a Buckeye tree that keeps the place cool in summer. This combined with a high window creates a comfortable microclimate throughout the year. Sarah says if she gets cold, she’ll bring in a large dog or do ten jumping jacks, and the insulation retains the generated heat!
Images via Lenny Gonzalez