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Category Archive: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)

A handcrafted rustic guest cabin | Dotter & Solfjeld

This guest cabin is tucked among oak, buckeye and redwood trees in southern California. It replaced a small barn that previously stood there behind the owners’ house. The old barn was too far… Continue reading

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A charming laneway cottage in Vancouver | Smallworks

Like a growing number of cities across North America, Vancouver allows homeowners to build an accessory dwelling unit behind the existing house provided there is a back alley. This laneway house, as they… Continue reading

A compact prefab “Refugio” from Chile

Refugio (“Refuge”) is a tiny prefab dwelling produced by FabriHome in Chile. It is typically used as a vacation cabin but it could be a permanent residence for a single person or a… Continue reading

A laneway house for a young family | Lanefab

A couple and their infant son live in this laneway house in Vancouver, Canada. Like many owners of laneway houses in Vancouver, where property prices are still extremely high, they had their new… Continue reading

Studio living in a converted garage | HEARTH Studio

One Melbourne resident didn’t let the city’s high property prices keep her from having a home of her own. On finding that she could not afford to buy, Alex Kennedy turned her eye… Continue reading

Chez Mona | New Avenue Homes

Mona and her daughter’s family moved from separate car-dependent neighborhoods to a shared property in a very walkable area close to downtown Berkeley, California. Her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren live in the… Continue reading

PDX Eco Cottage | Jack Barnes Architect

After attending a class on developing accessory dwelling units, Susan Moray was sold on the idea of replacing her alley-facing garage with a compact cottage. Susan’s home is a character bungalow located in… Continue reading

The Milan, a prefab shipping container home | Nova Deko Modular

Australian firm Nova Deko Modular builds modular houses in a wide range of sizes, marketing the smaller ones as “granny flats“. Of those, one of the larger ones is the Milan, built to… Continue reading

The Pod | Takt Studio for Architecture

An Australian family built this modern “granny flat” to accommodate overseas grandparents who spend the long summers visiting. Designed by Takt | Studio for Architecture, it provides the grandparents with a private and… Continue reading

A backyard writing studio | Dencity Design

Tucked at the back of a suburban lot in Decatur, Georgia, is a small modern structure with a shed roof and a mini “tower” at the back. It was designed by Dencity Design… Continue reading

A cozy coach house loft

Yesterday Marion Kello shared with us her Craftsman-style house in Hamilton, Montana. As her home is within easy walking distance (a few blocks) of downtown, it’s ideally located for adding an accessory dwelling… Continue reading

An energy-efficient contemporary laneway house by Lanefab

Laneway housing continues to grow in popularity wherever it is allowed and Vancouver, Canada is no exception. Over 500 of the accessory dwellings have been built there since Vancouver first approved them in… Continue reading

Scott and Tania’s “Pint-Sized House” | Architrix Design Studio

Though looking very much like a restored Edwardian worker’s cottage from the early 1900’s, this small house was actually completed just last year. It is the home of Tania and Scott, a newlywed… Continue reading

A loft-like laneway house by Lanefab

Lanefab Design/Build recently completed this laneway house in the backyard of their clients’ existing house in Vancouver, Canada. The owners are renting the laneway house out for now but plan to eventually move… Continue reading

Danchi Hutch by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architects

Danchi Hutch is a basic box of a house, humble and inexpensive but with a very functional layout. It has a carriage house design, with a small upper floor living area over a… Continue reading

studio37, a modern backyard cottage by Small Modern Living

More and more cities are recognizing the advantages of allowing secondary units in the backyards of existing houses. Whether called accessory dwelling units, granny flats, garden cottages, or any one of a dozen… Continue reading

Minim House, a tiny studio dwelling

Minim Homes has just revealed the Minim House, a 235 ft2 (21.8 m2) studio cottage. This tiny house was designed by Foundry Architects and Minim Homes to be efficient in every sense of… Continue reading

McKenzie House, a musician’s bachelor pad | Bonnifait + Giesen

Sitting in the middle of an apple orchard in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand is this small dwelling. A young musician seeking privacy and space to work opted to have his own small house… Continue reading

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