Don’t Waste a Small Space

Palo Alto Cottage

A 1920s Palo Alto cottage goes green.

A stroll by this corner cottage in Palo Alto, California, reveals a look as fresh and friendly as it surely was when new in 1928. The low white picket fence is perfect for over-the-fence chats with passers-by. The pavers and the drought-tolerant plants in the yard suggest that sustainable living inspired the remodel.

Palo Alto Cottage Living Room

The modest exterior is original. Owner Drew Maran didn’t add space but instead maximized the use and function of what was already there. The interior holds big surprises, beginning with the vibrant colors of the plaster walls. The kitchen, dining, and living area are one large open space, tall and airy with the ceilings removed so that it is open to the gables.