The house at 456 Orchard Street strikes a pose on its New Haven, Conn., block, but its scale and proportion fit with the rest of the neighborhood.
Clad in cedar shingles and a standing-seam metal roof, the house features a narrow driveway and a small front porch leading to the owner’s unit.
The second-floor rental unit is accessed by a steel and wood staircase that’s covered by a wood-clad canopy.
Custom plywood cabinetry throughout the home, including the entry foyer, warms the space and provides ample storage.
The “Chinese puzzle” configuration of the house creates two interlocking ell-shaped layouts, resulting in double-height spaces in both units.
The great room of the second-floor rental unit is highlighted by a large combination living room, dining room, and kitchen.