The Rita

The Rita is a tiny house under 500 SF that will be constructed in Sarasota, Florida.

The Rita respects the design principles of the Walker Guest House:

  • Raised off the ground to float lightly over the land
  • Free Plan
  • Plywood walls, floors
  • Modular kitchen space

The particular form of the Rita derives from its position relative to the Gulf of Mexico and the loft, which will be on the west, or Gulf-facing side.

The Rita will be constructed of wood, designed in a modular manner to minimize cutting.  For example the floor will be 14′ wide so 14′ floor framing members can be used without cutting, and 16′ roof framing members can be used without cutting.


Type: one bedroom with storage loft, meeting FBC and FHA minimum size standards

Construction type:  wood framing (Type V)

Foundation type:  open foundation, using poured-in-place concrete piers

Area:  459 SF

Length:  34′

Width:  14′

Height:  16′


Conceptual design sheet $35.00

Full plans and specifications, ready for permit in your municipality:  $5,000.00

Construction cost will vary from location to location.  Consult a qualified general contractor.

To order plans please write or call 407-408-4953 anytime.

J W Marriott, Phuket, Thailand

with 250 rooms and 120 luxury villas, the J W Marriott on Mai Kao Beach opened in the early 2000s.  This mixed-use destination resort features a long section of golden sand beach facing the Andaman Sea, three pool areas and is nestled in a coconut plantation.

As concept designer I worked with local artist and landscape architect Bill Bensley to create a unique and beautiful sense of place for this destination resort.  The interior design was by John Lightbody of Abacus Design, and both combined local materials and artisans to maximize an exotic sense of escape.

Typical buffet bar

Samana Village

This village, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, is envisioned as a sustainable development project by extending the economy of Samana, a thriving settlement of 20,000 people.

Samana was first settled by Europeans in 1799, when Napoleon (then sovereign over Hispanola) commissioned a study for a navy base here.  It is a rare deepwater port in the tropical New World.

Land:  22 hectare

Scope:  400-key hotel, waterfront marina, workspace, apartments, and luxury villas in contemporary Caribbean architectural flavor.

Samana village hillside

East End District

A new district is arising in the neighborhood bounded by Corrine, Winter Park Road, and General Rees.  Dubbed the East End District, the area is housing more and more artists, writers, thinkers, and doers of the twenty-first century.  The housing stock, built in the mid-1940s through the early 1960s, reflects the early postwar free thinking that is now coming back to live in this affordable neighborhood.
In the spirit of this era, two new models are offered for empty or underutilized lots in the neighborhood:  The Jack and the Al.
The Jack

“because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Front facade of the Jack
The Jack is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath residence with a writing studiio.  The garage is
at the front for rapid access to the road.  The free plan spaces of the house are clustered
around a courtyard, celebrating the midcentury freedom of thought and a unity of social,
family, and personal space.
The Al
“To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard.
Become a saint of your own province and your own consciousness.”
― Allen Ginsberg
The Al is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath residence with a raised private deck.  The garage is in
the middle of the structure.  A public area with living, dining, and kitchen sits with
a porch on the front of the street, while the bedrooms and family rooms float
over the top, opening onto an upper court.
Front Facade of the Al
The upper deck is completely private.
Coming soon:  The Bill