A Fresh Take on Cottage Living

The compact shell and simple form of the New Norris House was designed for off-site manufacture.

The tiny home's scale, form, and natural features echo those of the original Norris, Tenn., cottages built in 1933.

Off-site shell construction by factory builder Clayton Homes led to a 70% diversion of construction waste. Advanced framing techniques resulted in a 17.5% reduction in lumber, increased insulation, and decreased thermal bridging.

Two modular shells built at Clayton Homes' factory were delivered and joined on-site; roof sections hinged for transport were raised and married on-site.

The kitchen countertop is made of locally sourced, salvaged white oak that is scrap material from a local manufacturing process.

The kitchen cabinets discreetly conceal appliances including an undercounter mini-fridge and freezer.

A Mitubishi mini-split unit helps keep the house cool on sweltering summer days.

A ladder leads to the open loft area.

The loft is steeped in natural daylight.

A steep slope is addressed with five terraced bioretention beds that treat graywater and rainwater.

Plants in the graywater treatment bed were chosen for their ability to form symbiotic relationships with soil microbes that facilitate the breakdown of common pollutants found in household graywater.

Overflow rainwater is sent to a 200-gallon cistern where it can be hand-pumped for use on the garden.

Native grass meadows and spreading shrubs provide erosion control and stormwater infiltration zones.

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