This backyard cottage is a compact 550 square-foot, two-story studio that includes a loft-bedroom, full kitchen, and bathroom. Use of a standing-seam metal roof, energy efficient lighting, super insulated building envelope and efficient heating make long-term sustainability a design focus.

Recycled materials, as a form of sustainability was also a central idea to the design. The radiant-heat concrete floors are made of fly-ash a by-product of burning coal as a form of recycling. The exterior walls are a combination of twin inches of rigid insulation and five and a half inches of cotton insulation, made from recycled blue jeans. Reclaimed fir was used for structural beams, posts and the stairs as well as reclaimed claw-foot tube in the bathroom.

Creativity with traditional material usage was also implemented with galvanized electrical conduit, at a cost of only $1.65 for a section, as the loft railing.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and Gable RoofLine. Photo  of Lichtenstein Studio
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and Gable RoofLine. Photo 2 of Lichtenstein Studio
Modern home with Dining Room, Ceiling Lighting, Chair, Table, and Concrete Floor. Photo 3 of Lichtenstein Studio
Modern home with Kitchen, Refrigerator, Range, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Ceiling Lighting, Undermount Sink, Concrete Floor, Range Hood, Wood Counter, and Wood Cabinet. Photo 4 of Lichtenstein Studio