A professional photographer and his wife owns land across the street from their studio close to the downtown core. We generated two concepts for ways they could both live there and create an income property to help fund their eventual retirement. These designs maximize the use of a small vacant mid-block lot with an alley access as well as street frontage.
One concept is a hybrid building consisting of 6000 square feet of office space and a 1600 square foot two bedroom residence with an attached garage for the owners. The office suites range from about 850 square feet to 1200 square feet. The building is fully accessible for the disabled, and has a lobby with an elevator and two accessible restrooms per floor.
The other concept is an apartment building. also with a 1600 square foot conjoined two bedroom residence that has an attached single bay garage. There are six apartments - a pair of one bedroom units, and four two bedroom units. Each has a private deck, covered parking, and a private 185 square foot storage locker.
Regardless of which concept is deemed most suitable, the project will be LEED Platinum certified as well as passivhaus certified by the Passive House Institute U.S. - Both multi-family and commercial office buildings are ideally suited for passivhaus technology. Both uses are extremely compatible with the neighborhood, which is on the rise with reinvestment and positive change.