From Boiler Room To A Cosy Tiny House – Christi Azevedo

This tiny, 93-square-foot, house has been converted from a brick boiler room (first built in 1916) to a guest house. The challenge of transforming the boiler room into a home was undertaken by architect and metal worker, Christi Azevedo.


Boiler room in San Francisco Converted into a Tiny House by Christi Azevedo

The kitchen features Ikea cabinetry that spans the length of the rear wall. Instead of adding standard doors to the wall cabinets, Azevedo created translucent sliding doors made from sanded acrylic panels. The stainless steel counter and back-splash helps to reflect light, while a PaperStone work top is used to create additional counter space. When the dining table (also created by Azevedo) isn’t in use, it can be stored under the PaperStone work top to save space.


Boiler room in San Francisco Converted into a Tiny House by Christi Azevedo

Christi spent a year and a half designing and developing her tiny guest house. The roof was raised by 5 feet, a full kitchen was added along with a bathroom, closets and sleeping loft. The ladders providing access to the sleeping loft were sourced from a ship. There’s also a little “landing” in the loft that has a glass walkway, allowing light to penetrate into the heart of the house from the skylight.


The exterior of the home is clad with both the original brickwork from the boiler room and the upper addition features ReziBond steel, a locally sourced material that looks great and is affordable.

Boiler room in San Francisco Converted into a Tiny House by Christi Azevedo

The three level house makes the transition from public to private spaces as you travel upwards. The living room and kitchen are found on the ground floor, the bathroom and closet space take up the mezzanine, and the sleeping loft is above the mezzanine. The house is 17 feet tall at its peak, allowing the space to feel larger. “When you step inside, you don’t feel like you’re in a small space” says Azevedo.

For more tiny houses check out this public lavatory that was converted into a stylish tiny house by Laura Clarke. Or this elegant tiny house from Brazil by Alan Chu and Cristiano Kato. See all tiny houses.

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Photos: Cesar Rubio

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. It’s beautiful, the brick the metal, the use of space, really outstanding!