Wednesday, 19 November 2014


The loft was a fantastic live/work space for real artists back when they were very inexpensive. Today lofts are ideal for movie stars, lawyers and high tech moguls, but far too expensive for most artists. This experimental small building bring together the tiny house trend and the maker movement in a new type of living space.

 How to Easily Buy Your Own New Home with Minimum Wage

 The new “Tiny Live/Work House” designed by  William Edward Summers Creative Projects is a project that  empowers an individual or couple to build a new house that costs less than renting an apartment yet provides both an apartment and a multi-purpose workspace . The workspace can be a garage, an art studio, a shop, makerspace, gallery, or even retail space. If desired it can be developed as additional living space for rental or use by the owner..

The “Tiny Live/Work House” is only sixteen feet wide by thirty-three feet long plus a small three foot balcony on the second floor. It is larger than the eight foot wide tiny houses on wheels but much smaller than conventional single family dwellings. The entire building can cost on average about $80,000 to build. With a 6.75% interest rate and 100% financing the monthly payments are less than $600.00. As an example, a couple with  both working full time jobs making only ten dollars an hour would be able to build this house on a lot costing $30,000 and live in it for less than 25% of their combined monthly income.

This pricing makes the “Tiny Live/Work House” ideal for young people just starting out, entrepreneurs who want to own their place of business rather than rent, or homeowners who want to add square footage and workspace to their existing site. If both floors are developed into dwelling space the “Tiny Live/Work House” easily generates positive cash flow if added to an existing site.

 Because of the current economic environment, inexpensive building lots can be easily located throughout North America once the buyer rules out big hyper expensive cities. Small college towns or artsy villages are perfect environments for this house. As part of the project Summers has designed a two step expansion concept that assists the “Tiny Live/ Work House” owner to ultimately expand up to around 2000 square feet.

The “Tiny Live/Work House” designed by William Edward Summers is a tiny house and artist’s work space rolled into one. It is very inexpensive to build, and offers tremendous flexibility. This is the perfect cottage for that lot in Vermont, British Columbia, or Northern California.

The plans include : Four elevations, floor plans, a foundation plan, second floor framing plan, roof framing plan, a section,  connection details, and general specifications. It is designed to IBC codes, but could possibly require additional information or engineering in your local area.

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 An open source version of the planas an Autocad DWG file is available with the PDF files until December 25, 2014  For $295.00

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Friday, 5 April 2013

Projects in the nineties by William Edward Summers

A short video of a few projects by "William Edward Summers" during the nineties in San Francisco, Vancouver and Seattle


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Artist's Building in West Oakland, By William Edward Summers

This very simple two story house was designed for an artist in gritty West Oakland, California. the exterior had the appearance of a Victorian house, and the interior consisted of this loft like first floor, and a second floor bedroom

Friday, 18 November 2011



San Francisco Chronicle;


Partial list of articles:

Television Interview of William Edward Summers

The Weather Channel interviewed designer William Edward Summers about how to create a disaster resistant building

The traditional American single-family house is not designed to withstand disasters. Ideally a house should offer good protection from floods, fires, earthquakes, storms, civil unrest and financial difficulties. Most houses today are designed with substantial input from building contractors who have the primary goal of selling for the highest price.

The disaster resistant building project by William Edward Summers, a San Francisco, and British Columbia based design theorist, explores ideas about how residential and small to mid-sized commercial buildings can be designed to be disaster resistant.

The ongoing project is presented at Summers’ website

Three quick suggestions from Summers’ project;

1) Use attics or half stories, rather than roof trusses, to add substantial, usable square footage to your building for very little additional cost.

2) Build at least one full story above the one hundred year flood plain and consider building the first floor walls in concrete.

3) Allow room for a potential future rental unit even if you never intend to have tenants. If not used to create cash flow, it still might come in handy for use by friends or family members, or as quarters for a live in nurse or domestic assistant.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

New Golden Gate View House

This house in the North Berkeley Hills neighbourhood of Kensington has a spectacular, panoramic view of downtown San Francisco, and the Golden Gate bridge. William Edward Summers completed the house in 2001. the design has cubist elements, which is a motif of Summers, set in the lush greenery of the hills. Here is shown the plan, then construction, and finally the completed house.

Friday, 21 October 2011

House in Gordon Head, Victoria, BC by William Edward Summers

This renovation in the Gordon Head neighbourhood of Victoria, British Columbia , By William Edward Summers, was to create an addition that would fit seamlessly with the existing residence  These photos show the project under construction, and completed.