In-Laws and ADUs
The housing market in California has really been heating up recently! Many people are looking to utilize their space more effectively, or add a second income from their properties. ADUs or accessory dwelling units are a great way to do this!
Sometimes known as a granny flat or in-law unit, these are small-but-mighty residential units that feature kitchens, dining space, sleeping, and seating areas. By California law, these must be on the same property as the main residence.
Many people convert garages, basements, sheds, or other exterior buildings into ADUs. Let’s look at some inspiring finds from around the world, and what makes them special.
A former garage turned industrial micro-home in Lithuania with modern lighting design, created from a garage shell attached to abandoned brick pantries. Designed by IM Interior, the home is a single, multipurpose room and a small bathroom. The industrial-style metal exterior contrasts with the birch wood cladded interior. I would love to do a project with inspiring lighting like this one!
This garden retreat in a former garage allows for indoor/outdoor living. Breathe in the fresh air while you work and play! Nature’s paint of green vines growing along the building’s exterior conceals it from the rest of the property, a hidden gem. Especially great for those who work from home!
A Portland, Oregon 800-square-foot ADU with a smartly-finished, street-facing recessed entryway and cozy mini-kitchen in warm colors with wood finishes. I love to design for small spaces just like this. Can I create one for you?
Kimball Starr designs for homes and ADUs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Contact her today for a remote or socially-distant in-person consultation.