The sense of spaciousness inside was also achieved through vaulted ceilings. This addition gave volume to the ADU, a clever sensory trick for relatively compact spaces.
“The most unique feature of the detached ADU is the vaulted ceiling with exposed decorative beams located at the hips of the ceiling. In order to achieve the vaulted ceiling without needing to alter the existing roof framing, two custom trusses were ordered that fit directly underneath the existing 2×6 roof rafters and supported the new 2x4s below that served as the structure for the vaulted ceiling.
There was a bit of gymnastics going on behind the scenes in order to make something simple, like a vaulted ceiling, work in a space that wasn’t originally intended for it.”
Despite the technical workarounds required to include the vaulted ceilings, it was well worth the added effort!
Now for the details! The interior design features a sensible and refined palette consisting of soft colors and warm wood accents to provide some natural texture. This simple aesthetic keeps the ADU cozy without feeling too busy. It’s all about balance!
Hot tip: Design your ADU with the future in mind. In this case, having a minimal aesthetic that avoids loud colors or excessive patterns provides a blank slate for future tenants to customize to their liking, should the homeowner decide to rent out the ADU in the future.
Now that you have an idea of what was accomplished inside the space, let’s break down the costs.
Permits & Other Fees: $2,600
Grand Total: $149,100
It’s incredible how an initially simple plan transformed into such a fantastic, useful space to meet all the homeowner’s specific needs!
Mark, any further advice for homeowners wanting to build an ADU?
“Thoroughly research your general contractor, it’s kind of like the Wild West out here when it comes to GC Selection and the requirements for obtaining a GC license are not as rigorous as you would think, given the amount of damage and costs they can potentially cause a Homeowner. It’s difficult for a good design to survive a bad GC.”
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Special thank you to MNichols Design for their contributions to this post.
Interior Design by Jamie B Interiors
Photography by Hunter Kerhart