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To learn more about this company, check out ADU Designer Profile: Ground Up Design Works. For a more in-depth look, read Stew & Lisa Hulick’s ADU: Thinking Outside (& Inside) the Box, Tom Hudson’s ADU: A Sneak Peek at an ADU Under Construction, and Tom Hudson’s ADU: The Newest House on the Block.
ADU #1 – Hudson ADU
The Project: This project sits on a corner lot and was designed to look like just another small house on the street. Many people can’t even tell it’s an ADU when they see it from the street. It features traditional craftsman details, has a large covered front porch and two south facing dormers that let in a huge amount of daylight. Inside the ground level is laid out as one large room with the only walls inclosing the bathroom. There is a large storage loft that will eventually be turned into habitable space with the future addition on a code stairway.
The Challenges: We struggled with the stair design and I finally told Tom that we would leave the loft as storage space in order to move the rest of the project forward. We wouldn’t be allowed to do this now because of new interpretation of the zoning code anyways, but I wish we had pushed through and worked a little harder to get a stair that made Tom happy and was legal.
ADU #2 – Hullick ADU
The Project: This is a big project in a small backyard. The client wanted a flexible open floor plan on the ground floor with a sleeping loft above.
The Challenges: The biggest challenge with this project was getting the amount of space inside the building without it becoming totally overbearing to the adjacent outdoor space.
ADU #3 – Hoffer ADU
The Project: This is a small backyard cottage which is influenced by traditional craftsman design. It has a compact ground floor living area with a cozy sleeping loft above.
The Challenges: We had originally planned to use the “storage loft” loop hole to avoid having to build a stair in such a small unit. Right about the time I was ready to take this in for permits the city started requiring people to enclose or wall off storage loft space. We decided to add a legal stair to the project which caused it to grow in size and budget but in the end I think the project is better for it.