1. Cutting-Edge Cottage
Designer: Susan Fredman of Fredman Design Group, also the homeowner
Location: Union Pier, Michigan
Size: 240 square feet (22.3 square meters); 10 by 24 feet
Homeowners’ request: A classic cottage home made from shipping containers with a kitchen that blends traditional and industrial styles
Special features: Rough-hewn beams, burnished oak cabinetry and wide-plank oak floors that offer earthy counterpoints to the corrugated-steel container walls; metal cabinet for dishware collection; oversize wire chandelier
Why the design works: Steel construction material provides a streamlined aesthetic and
durability, while concrete walls, cedar beams and custom oak cabinetry give the space definition, decorative potency and island seating.
Designer secret: Having professional space-planning skills allowed Fredman to make the most of the 8-foot-wide shipping containers.
Team: Terri Crittenden (architect); John Crittenden (general contractor); Stone’s Throw Builders (builder); Susan Fredman (interior designer); Eric Hausman (photographer)
Cabinets: custom, Fredman Cabinetry; appliances: Sub-Zero and Wolf; all other items via Fredman Design Group and Three 50 West
2. Industrial Revolution
Designer: Laureen Skrivan of Wren & Willow
Location: Tacoma, Washington
Size: 144 square feet (13.4 square meters); 16 by 9 feet
Homeowners’ request: An industrial indoor-outdoor kitchen and entertainment space that preserves the architecture of the 1917 building while introducing modern convenience and design
Special features: Quartersawn oak cabinetry that resembles old meat locker or icebox storage of the early 1800s, with Shaker-Mission-style doors, special chrome hinges and latch-type door pulls; an old industrial work cart found during renovation repurposed as an island with butcher block countertop; garage-style doors to connect the space to the outdoors
Cabinets: custom, Hewitt Cabinets; wall oven: 36-inch with French doors, BlueStar; lights: Rejuvenation; countertop: Carrara marble, 4 centimeters; tile: Spa, Daltile
“Uh-oh” moment: Water sloping into the foundation damaged the back wall to the outdoor space beyond repair. Skrivan came up with the ideas of creating a concrete slope to redirect water to the outside and introducing the garage-style doors.
Splurges and savings: The homeowners splurged on the BlueStar appliances and saved on the shelving system, which Skrivan designed and built with leftover boards from the building and galvanized plumbing material.
Team: Wren & Willow (design and build)