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Foxtrot Cottages


Portland, OR
Speculative Multifamily


Design: Matthew O. Daby - M.O.Daby Design

Developer: Oregon Homeworks

The Foxtrot Cottages fill a void in attainable and sustainable housing options in the city.  Although just 890 square feet, these cottages still boast comfortable rooms and yard spaces thanks to thoughtful space planning.  Unique features include the wood beam ceiling and the office/coatroom nook. Direct connection to a covered patio and a full size eat in kitchen make the 2 bedroom / 1.5 bath home live larger than its numbers.

The project maintained the 3 existing homes and developed their rear yard spaces, adding 6 more cottages on the same lot area.  All 9 dwellings still have private yards for your dog or garden!

Unlike traditional cottage clusters oriented around a common on-site courtyard, the unique “through lot” configurations allowed us to design the cottages all with street frontage that engage the established community.

An eclectic collection of 20th century bungalows in the neighborhood inspired the simple designs of the cottages.  Even while the dwelling density was tripled, the scale and character of the neighborhood is respected.

This context is common in Portland. The project was used as a case study for how to build beautiful, right size, right price homes on other infill lots in desirable neighborhoods.

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