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ADU #1 – House Divided ADU
The Project: The project was a complete remodel of the entire home, which included extensive demo and wall removal. The existing floor plan was awkward and had much unused space and we worked to create a floor plan that provided ample living space in the house while carving out a small studio unit that could be used as a rental to help offset the costs of the remodel. The result is a sleek, modern yet warm studio that feels huge for its size.
The Challenges: The big challenge was in the design: rearranging the floor plan of the main house while creating a highly functional floor plan for the studio. Because the space already existed and contractors were already on site the ADU construction was fairly simple and very affordable.
ADU #2 – Eco ADU
The Project: The project was an ADU that could allow a space for family and friends to stay while in town but could also be used for side income. Somewhere in the design process the clients started to reconsider and may well move into their ADU and rent out the house. The primary residence is a small home.
The Challenges: The clients frequently use their back yard, so we worked to create a comfortable space that would take up as little of their beloved back yard as possible. Getting permits from the city proved difficult because the ADU does not match exactly the house out front, we used as many eco friendly building techniques as the client’s budget would allow, and we used nontraditional building techniques in order to fit into the small site.
The Solutions: An eco/living roof, custom stairway and desk combo, efficient building systems, a truly comfortable, beautiful space in a very small footprint.
ADU #3 – Mini House ADU
The Project: The project was to convert a small (and in much need of work) garage into an ADU for the client to live in so that her aging parents could move into the main house. The result is a 197sqft “mini house” that despite its size has all the creature comforts of a much larger space as well as the addition of ample natural light and headroom.
The Challenges: The primary challenge of this conversion was the city’s requirement of a new foundation underneath the existing structure, especially since that structure sits on the property line and directly next to the neighbor’s “prize” tulips. Another challenge was that although the client was excited to move into a small home, she wanted all the comforts of the larger house…most of our design work was in trying to squeeze everything in.