Atelier Cho Thompson

Garden Home


Client: Private Family Client

Services: Architecture, Interior Design

Featured in: Sunset Magazine

A growing family in Oakland approached Atelier Cho Thompson to design a tiny home in their backyard. Meant to suit their busy life, the building serves as a guest house for in-laws, a rental unit for additional income, and could one day be a studio apartment for grown children. The house replaced an existing dilapidated shed, and worked within the boundaries of strict code parameters for size and shape. The building is formed by two volumes with roofs lifting toward each other; in the main volume, exposed roof joists lift upward toward large windows and doors opening to the garden. The bright and modern interiors were designed around a clean palette of black, white, and gray offset with warm natural materials like rattan and cotton shibori textiles. The backyard landscape was designed to create different zones around the house, including a dining area on small gravel, a stone pathway to a jacuzzi, and a lush garden of lemons, raspberries, and plums. 

Photography by Marble Rye.