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Category Archive: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)

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

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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”

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

The Diagon Alley passive house by WorkshopL

This small house in Steamboat Springs, Colorado combines modern design and a cutting-edge super-insulated building envelope with a traditional exterior appearance. As its name suggests, the Diagon Alley house sits just off the… Continue reading

The Arbutus, a laneway house by Smallworks

Today’s featured small house is a laneway house in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver allows homeowners with alley access to replace their garages with a second small house. The Arbutus is a recently completed project… Continue reading

A Craftsman-style laneway house by Lanefab

This shingled laneway cottage in Vancouver, Canada is the work of Lanefab Design/Build. A few months ago we looked at another of their projects, an energy-efficient home with Mid-Century Modern styling. This one… Continue reading

Cohousing: Living large in small houses

Today’s article on cohousing communities was contributed by Alyse Nelson of Sightline Institute. We hope you enjoy the article and the two galleries that follow! Cohousing: Living large in small houses The small… Continue reading

Alma Lane mews house in Dublin by Boyd Cody Architects

A mews is a narrow street or lane that originally provided access to the stables and carriage houses of the well-to-do residential areas of cities. Over time, many of those former stables have… Continue reading

A laneway cottage with traditional appeal by Smallworks

This small cottage in Vancouver, Canada shows what can be done in only 400 ft2 (37.2 m2) of floor space. It was built by Smallworks Studios & Laneway Housing. under Vancouver’s laneway housing… Continue reading

Net-zero solar laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build

Lanefab Design/Build recently completed this energy-efficient laneway house with Mid-Century Modern styling. “Laneway house” is the term used in Vancouver, British Columbia for a second small house built in the backyard of an… Continue reading

Karen’s backyard cottage by New Avenue Homes

This attractive little cottage in Berkeley, California was built behind an existing small house. Karen, the homeowner, needed additional space for regular long-term guests. Since Berkeley allows accessory dwelling units, she hired New… Continue reading

Portland ADU by Studio Eccos Design

Homeowner Kol Peterson provided these photographs of his appealing shingled cottage. It is an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), a small house built in the back yard of an existing house. ADU’s go by… Continue reading

The Mini-B, a small passive house | Joseph Giampietro

The Mini-B is a small prototype dwelling intended to demonstrate that building to the Passive House standard is achievable and affordable in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, and will result in comfortable, energy efficient… Continue reading

Garage conversion into tiny house | Michelle de la Vega

Artist Michelle de la Vega decided to generate extra income by renting out her house while moving into the standalone garage out back. But first, she had to transform the dumpy building into… Continue reading