The Coach House is named for the history of its site - built where an original, century-old coach house once stood, housing horse and carriage. As such, the outbuilding sits in the rear yard of another house, highly visible to all the neighbours, making privacy a main goal for the homeowners.
The design solution was to invert the typical house layout into a C-shaped plan, so that all the rooms face inward to a central courtyard, instead of out toward the street and rear yard. This strategy not only provided the needed privacy along the house's perimeter, but also the opportunity to bring in natural light as it left the center of the house open to a south facing courtyard.
the ground floor of the house contains a sizable entry (complete with storage space), a living room, a kitchen, dining and family room, as well as a guest bedroom with a private bath. The partial second floor holds the master bedroom with ensuite, and a second bedroom and bath. The lower level has a large workshop space for woodworking, an infrared sauna, yoga room and a large media room.
This project was featured in Dwell.