Project: Third Street Cottages
Architect: Ross Chapin Architects
Developer: The Cottage Company
Nested Houses

Having a next-door house or apartment peering into your own can be uncomfortable and claustrophobic. Therefore, design residences with open and closed sides so that neighboring homes ‘nest’ together — the open side has large windows facing its side yard, while the closed side has high windows and skylights to bring in ample light while preserving privacy. The result is that neighbors do not peer into one another’s living space.
Lets face it: humans are gregarious —we like to live around others. We also have a desire—and perhaps a need—for personal space. Sometime in the last generation, however, we became so charmed with the dream of a ‘house of one’s own’ that we overshot our desire for privacy, leaving us marooned on our own personal island in a sea of houses.
—Ross Chapin, architect & author, Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World