Our friend and neighbor Don Benedict asked us to design an ambitious three-story garage apartment for him to live in while he leases his townhouse on the same lot. Five years in the making, this project received extensive regulatory scrutiny, requiring numerous legal negotiations and variances to the city codes. We sought out permission to allow encroachment on a private sanitary sewer, encroachment on a private storm sewer, and encroachment of a balcony over a public way. These variances required signed letters of indemnification from the City Attorney, numerous submittals for building permits, as well as presentations to the Board of Construction Appeals, the Form Based Code Committee, and the Chattanooga Department of Transportation for a temporary use permit.
Had Don (or our team) been less tenacious, this 1,000 square-foot garage apartment would never have been built. The apartment has three levels, including a ground-floor garage, second-floor living space, a kitchen with a balcony, and a third-floor bedroom and roof deck. The building is clad in a combination of cement fiber clapboard and vertical batten siding, with Marvin brand windows used throughout. As can be seen in the images below, cantilevers figure prominently into the design.