Project Description

A tiny 700 square foot house on the marsh in Rowley required an unusual variety of upgrades. The home was lacking both a potable water source and a septic system; each had failed. The bedroom was a loft space no larger than a single-person camping tent. All mechanical systems were outdated. The roof was leaking. Prior to when Benjamin Nutter Architects was called for design services, the owner had negotiated with the Town of Rowley to put in potable water tanks for domestic water use and to install a ‘tight tank’ septic system. The homeowner had literally been roughing it for several years. Her goal was to make this former hunting and fishing camp into a comfortable home. The resulting design transformed the cramped camp into a lofty space. The existing roof was removed, a new roof framed, thereby allowing for a vaulted ceiling at the second floor spaces. A catwalk connects the two loft spaces at this floor level, passing over the living room below. The marsh-side bedroom has spectacular views, and a roof window offers star gazing while lying in bed. All living spaces enjoy multiple windows for views. A stone chimney with a wood stove is the focal point of the living room. A resourceful bathroom (think airplane efficiency) was added in the renovation and the kitchen was upgraded. Although still a tiny home, this residence on the marsh is living large.