The Hen House is a guest house at the edge of a large yard to a non-descript older house. The detailing makes it compatible with both the simple vernacular of the main house and the client’s contemporary furniture. The property is on a marsh with ocean views in the distance. The close proximity of the building to the coastal bank would not have been possible with today’s regulations, but an existing studio established the right to build there and the tiny foot print available. The lower level has sleeping and bath accommodations for four, arranged in tight spaces like on a boat. The upper level is the living and dining space and has a small deck. The interior of the living space is lined with unfinished vertical grain fir that will age to a mellow golden color. A small kitchenette stands like a piece of furniture and also helps define spaces around it. Despite the small floor area, there is a separate entry at the front door so the space feels private and serene. We designed a cabinet, out of which a television rises, with large initials “HH,” (Hen House) inlaid into the fir.