May and June is house tour season in Brooklyn, but recently I crossed the bridge and went to“the city” to tour three country
houses micro-cottages in Lower Manhattan. Country Living Magazine has built 3 tiny cottages and transplanted them to the plaza of the World Financial Center – just steps away from, the soon to be completed, One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial.
The cottages were constructed by Affinity Building Systems; using modular construction techniques. The interiors of each space were designed and styled through the group effort; of Country Living editors, guest designers and other experts — including Thomas Paul, Marcus Samuelsson and Ruard Veltman.
The project, called Room to Spare, demonstrates to homeowners a way to add space without the inconvenience of major construction. The small cottages act as an addendum to the main house. They are versatile and adaptable. The three cottages on display were made-up as an outdoor kitchen/dining room; guest room; and a studio/home office.