So what exactly is an Accessory dwelling unit (ADU)?
An ADU is an additional structure on a property that is not subdivided. They are called many things: mother-in-law unit, backyard studio, garage conversion, tiny house addition, carriage house, and more. ADUs are a great way of creating functional flexible space on an existing property. They can be used as a rental unit, multigenerational living space, or extra space for existing homeowners.
Regardless of use, current building codes are quite favorable for homeowners looking to add value to their property as Oakland, Berkeley, Marin and other communities across the Bay Area work towards providing more housing. ADUs can be built within an existing home, as a replacement for an existing garage, or as an entirely new structure. Here is a selection of our favorite recent ADU projects.
We reimagined the kitchen of this classic Elmwood Craftsman home to include a strong connection to the owner’s beloved garden. Floor to ceiling glass, custom cabinetry and a fully tiled wet bath are highlights of this project. Wide plank white oak floors incorporate radiant heat. Details from the owner’s travels and lives include a custom tile backsplash and built in seating constructed of wind felled Acacia from the property.