I’ve been working on this accessory dwelling unit (called a Secondary Dwelling Unit in Oakland) for a while now. We ran into problems with the pandemic supply chain, and labor shortages and PGE hookups and any number of other things, but it is now habitable.
The only thing that remains is to put the green roof system on the roof. The owner, who is a contractor, is having trouble sourcing the various required underlayments because of green roofs aren’t common, and the pandemic as wreaked havoc with the supply chain. But they are sill planning to put the sod on as soon as they can.
This is a free standing ADU, just shy of 1000 square feet. The owners intend to live in the unit while they remodel and add on to their primary house up the hill on the site. When that is done, it will be a guest house and home office.
We designed it with one big bunk room. Right now the bunk room is divided into two sleeping areas with a big shelving/storage unit. That unit can be removed later to make the bunk room a combined living sleeping room.
Each end of the bunk room has a roll up garage door which opens up the room to the outside. This is real California living!
There is a nicely appointed bathroom, a small kitchen, and a small dining area, which is fitted out as a sitting room right now. The expansive deck provides plenty of space for dining, lounging, and entertaining. The glass rails allow the view to come through unimpeded.
I’m pleased with the cement plaster and ipe cladding. It helps to break up the mass of the building and looks quite contemporary.
There are a few little exterior items to take care of along with the green roof, but for all intents and purposes, this project is complete. I am very pleased to see how my clients have decorated the place and are busy settling in.
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