Echo Park architects test big ideas in a small house

The May issue of Dwell magazine includes a feature on the 578-square-foot residence and office of Echo Park architects Louis Molina and Laurent Turin. The tiny home that sits at the back of a lot was in poor condition when the architects found it. Instead of tearing the house down, Molina and Turin remodeled the one-story building with a small basement into an airy, one-room space that reflected their beliefs in straightforward design and sustainable building practices and materials (of course, the house might be to hipster-friendly for some). Salvaging the 1923 property also made finance sense for two architects – who have taken turns living in the house – since they only had a budget of $50,000 for the project (it ended up costing $62,000), according to the Dwell article. Molina, who along with Turin has worked on several other Echo Park projects, said the house’s small dimensions – 15-feet wide by 37-feet long – didn’t scare them off:

“We thought this could be like a little working box with
a living unit on top. Our goal was to imagine ways to live in a small space that weren’t about living small. Instead of dividing it into several rooms like before or building bigger, we use the garden for meals and other gatherings.”

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