Thursday, January 14, 2010

McMansion -Time's Two

Over the past decade a 'McMansion' has commonly referred to very large homes, those 3,000sf+  styled home with oodles of open spaces, massive kitchens and master bedroom suites decorated like a high end hotel.

Here in Retama our McMansion's are tiny, only 220 s.f. but carefully drawn and engineered to be masterpieces in their own right.  The coach house of Sabrina and Ken, from McAllen Texas and the second coach house of Ken's cousin, have to be my personal favorites.   The very first time I walked into their coach houses all I could say was WOW, Wow, Wow! And they weren't even complete.  Needless to say every opportunity I stopped into see the changes in this 220 s.f. perfect tiny house!

Take a peek, the transformation of this 'shed' to a weekend getaway for Ken and Sabrina will make you stop and reconsider just how compact and efficient this coach house,  errr ahh!  McMansion really is!

Ken's first goal:  Open it out!  The doors that is.
Here in South Texas we have many wonderful days of sunshine so the two french doors let the breeze and sunshine in.  Plus, Ken and Sabrina like to entertain -- the open doors allow an easy flow when there is a group of people.

Ken made sure the coach house was party friendly with surround sound, outdoor speakers, under eave lighting, with plans of an outdoor BBQ - Texas style to be installed later.

Still under construction and before painting, check out the attention to the cabinet storage detail.  The small, narrow vertical cabinets near the door are for storing the outdoor folding chairs!

Below the corner kitchen, under construction, just had the granite installed.
The lower counter is the desk.

The ceiling tin is set in rough sawn cedar timbers and indirect with
indirecting lighting creates the perfect night time ambiance.

The Murphy bed makes this a perfect getaway with ample built in cabinets.  Check out the pull out table top - a perfect way to save on space.  The built in wardrobes were installed on both sides of the bed. Another clever space saver is the headboard storage !

Below is the Murphy Bed closed in the cousin's coach house,
 -which is painted a different color.

I just love the local art on the wall and the convenience of the storage for bed linens and pillows.

The kitchen may be tiny but the tall cabinets and perfect design make this a power house of convenience for food prep or simply brewing the coffee. The kitchen is complete with a microwave, undercounter fridge/freezer.  Not shown, is a window with a beautiful stain glass from a local artisan, I have to come back to get a photo of the stain glass.

The built in desk has internet connection and XM stereo surround sound.
 This little coach house has it all.

The bathroom …. a stacked washer/dryer and cabinets everywhere holdall the linens, there is even a clothes hamper.

The bath sink has the same beautiful granite found in the kitchen.

Ken and Sabrina did an amazing job and there is so much more to see on these little McMansion's.  Currently there is a renter who is enjoying the coach house.  As soon as they leave Ken promises that we can get more photo's which I promise to share.

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