The Cochrane Cottage

With the goal of creating a forward-looking, personalized space, this West Yellowstone client came to Comma-Q looking for a design that incorporates her love for baking, cooking and the outdoors. This simply-detailed, crisp-yet-comfy solution focuses on the kitchen and opens up this small house to create a highly functional and beautiful space.


Full Kitchen Rendering

The house is grouped by function: ‘utility’, ‘social’ and ‘relax’. The utilty spaces of laundry, pantry and entry are at the back, with a sleeping loft above. The central social space consists of kitchen, fire, and dining. At the front of the house is the library and loft, perfect for relaxing.

There are minimal walls in the house, spaces are divided by the forms of the ceilings and materials on the floor. The kitchen island is curved to encourage social gathering. This mini-loft cottage features one enclosed space, the bathroom; it stands alone in the middle of the floor plan and is dressed in tile, acting as the primary organizing element.

This design takes advantage of the steep slope of the roofs to open up the space. New tensile members (steel rods and wood timbers) have replaced the existing ceiling joists, opening up former attic space and making this small house feel much larger.

The material palette consists of various types of wood and tile. The interior face of exterior walls and roof are primarily finished with vertical wood paneling that was inspired by Norwegian farm houses, and is finished with a semi-opaque white stain. Other walls are treated with horizontally-oriented 2’×8′ plywood panels in a running bond pattern with a clear finish.

FP - 2 - Layers

Organizational Diagram


Library and Loft Rendering


Library and Loft in Progress

Library and Loft in Progress



Library View Rendering


Library Loft View in Progress


Entry Rendering

Entry in Progress

Entry in Progress


Kitchen Rendering



Kitchen In Progress

Rabbit Room 01

Kitchen Before


Rendering from Entry

Mudroom 03

View From Entry Before

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