by John McFarlane
A new prefab building we’ve developed at Camera Buildings in Vancouver. While it’s not intended as a home, it might be of interest to your small house readers since it is adapted from tiny house experience and is the first part of our ongoing prototype series, which will include another two buildings, both tiny houses.
Tiny (107 sq. ft.) and prefabricated, Filter Studio is designed as an easy way to add beautiful, useful space to an existing home. Drawing on tiny house experience, it can be installed in many locations as an accessory building without requiring a building permit due to its small size and does not need to be mounted on a trailer like a tiny house since it is not a dwelling.
A hand-made cedar screen is its distinctive feature, filtering both the view and light and enabling a broad expanse of windows to provide ample natural light while also creating a sense of enclosure. Both the rain screen cladding and louvered cedar screen are designed to age gracefully, fading to a natural, weathered grey. Low-VOC finishes, solid hardwood floors, and LED lighting are standard.