For Bud and Danni, it was important that the ADU design reflect Danni’s mother’s needs and desires. Given that she sold her previous home in Florida to fund a sizable chunk of the ADU, it only made sense that she was briefed on everything from the kitchen cabinets to the bathroom tile.
“We wanted her to feel like she wasn’t just moving into a space that she had no say in,” Danni explains. “And so, it was important to us that she be on board for all of it.”
Speaking of the kitchen cabinets, they are definitely one of the coolest features of the ADU! Danni’s mother really wanted painted cabinets, but Danni was concerned about the wear and tear in the paint over time. Fortunately, Danni’s friend, a kitchen and bath designer, had a solution.
It was a product called “Fenix,” where the kitchen cabinets were wrapped in a “self-healing” material of sorts. So, when the paint inevitably scratches over time, simply apply a bit of heat to the paint, and…poof! Good as new!
Bud and Danni also had parts of the ADU customized specifically with Danni’s mother in mind.
“My mom’s favorite thing to do is probably drink coffee. I really wanted her to have a space for that. And I feel like in a lot of ADUs that we tour, the eating space and dining space is so often an afterthought,” says Danni.
This dining space was anything but an afterthought. Surrounded by windows on three sides, this roomy nook is full of natural light. It also provides a fantastic view of the yard for Danni’s mother to see birds, dogs, and people out for a walk.
But that’s not all! Bud and Danni also made sure to incorporate ADA-compliant features for Danni’s mother to live as comfortably as possible.
Like other features of the ADU, this accessibility serves a dual purpose. Not only does it benefit Danni’s mom in the present, but it will potentially come in handy for Bud and Danni in the future, too.
Hot tip: Design your ADU with the future in mind. For Bud and Danni, this meant building an ADU that was ADA compliant and suitable for them in the future. So, should they decide to move into the ADU down the road, it will already meet their needs.
At the end of the day, family was really the inspiration for this ADU, including Bud’s family tradition of multigenerational housing. Rather than building it as a rental for income-generating purposes, Danni says,
“For us, it’s always been about family. For now, my mom is in this space…But our hope is to be able to continue that tradition as time goes on. That we will always have a space for family to come to when they need it.”
Beautifully said, Danni!