Yale Student-Built House Offers High Design at Low Cost

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 students specified built-in storage in the bedrooms.

Interior staircases leading to upper living areas.

The great room of the second-floor rental unit is highlighted by a large combination living room, dining room, and kitchen.

The students used bamboo floors throughout the house.

The simple baths feature ceramic tiled floors and water-saving plumbing products from Kohler.

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