Cedar Shake Cottage

Cedar Shake Cottage

The Cedar Shake Cottage is a tiny home designed by STUDIO 512, an architecture firm based in Austin, Texas.


This 550ft² (51m²) apartment has a 320ft² (30m²) footprint and was shaped by impervious cover restraints, a tree, and an angled easement. The second floor leans away from the first to improve sight lines between floors and to fit the stair to code. Angled walls integrate a covered porch and outdoor shower. Favourite details/materials include: reclaimed cedar shakes, charred wood flooring, exposed copper plumbing/towel warmer, built-in bed, floating shower bench and bath mirror, stucco walls, Colquitt inspired light fixtures, and reclaimed longleaf pine cabinetry.

All images © STUDIO 512 / Interior by Whit Preston | Exterior by Casey Dunn

Studio 512 was established in 2004 by Nicole Blair. The firm explores creative design solutions for residential, small commercial and public art building projects. In 2013, Studio 512 began acting as general contractor for some more unique projects and in 2015 expanded GC services to include construction for some select outside architects. Nicole was born and raised in Austin. She earned her BSc in Textiles and Apparel from Cornell University and her Masters in Architecture from Rice University. She studied abroad in Florence (Syracuse University) and Paris (Rice University), and gained work experience in NYC in the award-winning offices of Peter Eisenman and Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Nicole is pleased to live and work in Austin again to help shape the community that first shaped her. Studio 512 projects are inspired by sources found both locally and globally. Building plans are thoroughly functional, take care in selecting materials and are appropriately detailed for construction. They measure their success when the end product exemplifies their client’s style, meets their budgetary needs, and is in sync with the surrounding environment. The relationships built with clients, artisans, contractors, and subcontractors are as important to Nicole as the buildings themselves.

You can read more about the house here; pages 56-63.

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