Mona’s Backyard Casita – Plans and Progress Shots

This 609 square foot tiny house fits two bedrooms comfortably. The house has level surfaces throughout, radiant floor heating, a living area fan, spray foam insulation in the roof and tile throughout. Universal design elements were incorporated to improve accessibility and comfort for the family.

New Avenue started this project in October 2012 and completed it in February 2014. This time period is everything from idea to the ribbon-cutting.

Simple line rendering
Simple line rendering
Floor Plan
Floor Plan
Small House Roof
Roof Plan
The backyard before everything
The backyard before everything
Framing Construction
Framing Construction
Plywood, Framing Construction
Plywood, Framing Construction
Framing Small House
Framing Construction
Construction - Moisture Wrap
Construction – Moisture Wrap
Radiant Floor Boiler in Framing
Radiant Floor Boiler in Framing
Living Area Preview
Living Area Preview
Small Kitchen
Small Kitchen
Bathroom Sink
Bathroom Sink
Toilet and Shower Pan
Toilet and Shower Pan
Outdoor Shot
Outdoor Shot
The Cottage - Nearly Done
The Cottage – Nearly Done
Along the fence - daylight
Along the fence – daylight
Evening Shot
Evening Shot
Fencing at Night with lighting
Fencing at Night with lighting

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Santa Cruz Open House of Mid-Construction Backyard Cottage, Saturday July 19th, 12-2pm

Santa Cruz ADU
Cedar custom 1×4″ fabricated and rabbited on site

Tour a 1,000 sq.ft. accessory dwelling under construction on Saturday, July 19th from 12-2pm in Santa Cruz.  The drywall just went up, so it’s a perfect time to get a sense of the size and flow of a beautiful ADU, with all the finishes still up to your imagination! Kathleen and John are building this home for Kathleen’s father.  The space has a 2-car garage, loft, full kitchen and lots of storage space for this active couple’s paddle boards, surf boards and bicycles!

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Summer in Southern Ontario (Backyard Cottages Galore!)

I’m just back from a week in Silver Bay, Ontario where I had a great time with family and old friends. Silver Bay is a little bay on Lake Erie south of Toronto and west of Buffalo, NY. I grew up spending summers here and spent time in and around a number of little backyard cottages. There was the bunk house that we used to crash in after sneaking Labatt’s Blue past the parents, the mansion with a “gate house” that I rode past on my way to a summer camp, and the backyard cottage that a friend’s mother built for herself so her kids and grandkids could live in the main home.

While there I took a quick bike ride through some neighboring bays to see how many other small cottages might be tucked in corners or hidden back in wooded lots and hoped to find something worth sharing. I was shocked to see that there were tons of backyard cottages that came in all shapes and sizes.

The bays along Lake Erie’s north coast (yes, a lake can have a coast) has been a part of Canada’s cottage country for over 100 years. Trains used to cut across Canada to get from New York to Buffalo to Detriot, Chicago and beyond. A quick shot across the Canadian side of Lake Erie was the most direct route and since this was before cars were common, people would hop a train and ride 10, 20 or 30 miles, (just far enough to escape the city heat and get away from the belching smoke of the steel mills) then hop off at their stop and walk one mile from the tracks to their cottage. And then they’d stay there for months. It was a summer we’d all dream of: truly off the grid and literally unplugged.

Here are a bunch of the backyard cottages, guest houses and in-law cottages that are tucked away on dirt roads and little firelane’s around Silver Bay, Ontario.

A few old friends enjoying a martini (or two or four) on the deck of their main home.

And the backyard cottage behind where their children currently live.

2 - Jake and Sue Laneway House

This mansion was build over 100 years ago… and came with two great little gate houses that are now perfect little homes.

3 - Mega Mansion

One of two gate houses to that accompany that mega mansion.

4 Gate house 1 of 2 for the mantion - front

The second gate house.  This is just across from the blue one.  5 Gate House 2 of 2 for the mansion

6 Gate House 1 of 2 for the mansion

Here’s a second stone mansion on acres of land.  The little house on the left was truly a carriage house when the original home was built approximately 100 years ago. The carriage house is now it’s own nice little second unit. 7 Carriage House on the left

A close up of the carriage house…8 Carriage House - Now a private home

Another mega “cottage” in the back right that came with a carriage house that is now a perfect little beach front home. 9 Big 100 year old house and carriage house

That little cottage on the right is an old garage that has grown and evolved overtime.  It hosts a small business part time and family the rest of the time.

10 Guest House tucked away behind the main home 11 Guest house tucked away between the street and the main home

This guest house was a big surprise.  It’s tucked away in the woods but it’s an architectural gem and frankly, way nicer than you’d expect in a little bay outside of Buffalo, NY. 13 Guest House Cedar Bay

The side of the Cedar Bay guest house.

14 Guest House Cedar Bay - privacy lattice

The front of the Cedar Bay guest house. This is the front deck that looks out over Lake Erie. 15 Front of Guest House in Cedar Bay

There’s the main house on the left and the little guest house on the right. 16 Cedar Bay Big and Little House

This is standing on the beach looking back.  You can see a bit of the guest house hidden in the trees on the left. 17 Guest house tucked away on th left

This cute little cottage is not all that little, but the red is inspiring.

20 Not a small home.. but looks great

If I was a gambling man, I’d bet that everyone who has stayed here enjoyed profound clarity of thought, deep soul filling happiness and they wrote a novel while there. 22 Stone Guest House

This was once a garage but is now a serving a much more important role in this universe… it hosts poker nights, sleepovers, and rowdy games of eucher. 23 Garage Conversion

I’m really not sure if this is just storage or if it’s a working cottage.  It looks like it has some history to it and hopefully it will have a colorful future too. 24 Guest room… needs a little TLC

25 Squatters

People are often looking for barn doors.  It’s not necessarily an expensive project that has $2,000 custom doors and $700 hardware… there are countless sheds and barns with simple hardware like this shed has…28 Rolling Barn Door - the budget variety It’s not all mansions with carriage houses around here.  There are a number of smaller homes with us regular folk living there.  This little guest house made of reclaimed windows is a great little backyard cottage. 29 DIY guest room

This is neither tiny, nor small, nor a backyard cottage, but it’s such great design that it’s worthy of inclusion here.  30 Huge Porch on a not so small cottage

31 Fireplace

Technically the little detached guest room does qualify as a second unit… 32 Tiny Guest room

33 Tiny Guest Room

When a growing family needed more space they added a second cottage just slightly behind the first one.  It looks quite separate from the street now and they feel like two totally separate homes while only being about eight feet apart. 34 Two little houses 35 Two litle houses 2

Lastly,  this little guy has been hanging around for a while and there never seems to be a summer weekend when it isn’t put to use.  36 This works too!

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