At the end of a row of cottages, a fireplace and screened pavilion is used for family picnics and spontaneous happy hour
The cottages are wired for solar panels and designed to achieve net-zero energy when fitted with 400-kWh PVs.
The site plan of 13 residences consists of two existing renovated houses on the street (one has two units); behind them are two cottages with multiple covered parking spaces beneath, and open parking. The remaining eight cottages are stepped down the south-facing slope toward a community garden and the river.
Roughly 50 percent of the site is preserved as open space, leaving room for amenities such as a community garden.
Low-maintenance features such as small yards facing a common green, red cedar shingles, fiber-cement cladding, and cellular PVC trim appeal to the targeted demographic.