Soft surfaces and angling the structure help balance and buffer noise. To meet health-department rules, designer Matthew Ellis hung garage doors that, at night, enclose the bar where furniture is stored. The doors, as well as a trellis, offer a sense of scale and shade from the sun.
A 75-year-old metal shed houses the kitchen and walk-up window. Many guests stop for takeout on the way to or from the office, says Rosen. So, he got the city to designate four 15-minute parking spots; the valet next door also lets guests park free for 15 minutes.