Every project has it’s own challenges. Sometimes it is the siting. Sometimes it is the budget. Sometimes it is a tricky space planning problem. This project, currently in the office, is to add a new Secondary Dwelling Unit to a single family house in Danville. The challenge on this project falls in the “tricky space planning” category.
We are only allowed 1000 square feet if we want to avoid a lengthy planning approval process. The clients want the secondary unit, which will act as their retirement home, to have a Great Room (combined living/dining/kitchen) on the ground floor, and a master suite, sitting room, and study on the second floor. Two of those rooms will be built over a portion of the existing house.
We are wrapping up the schematic design phase at the moment and will be moving into the planning approval phase next. We still have some issues to work out on the interior, but knowing the basic design and massing is enough to move forward with the planning approval review.by