Case Studies

Flexible space for multi-generational family in Los Altos

We partnered closely with Bob & Leslie, long-time Los Altos residents on the design of a spacious Craftsman 748 sq. ft. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom ADU for their adult daughter

Anamika GoyalOctober 15, 2020

When Bob & Leslie’s daughter gave up her apartment and moved back in with her parents, they realized they needed extra space. They did the math and found that for the monthly cost of her apartment in San Jose, they could finance a 1 bedroom apartment in their backyard, while adding long-term equity to their property. Bob & Leslie both have a passion for architecture and wanted to design the unit for the possibility of eventually moving in themselves once they retire.

While we had a flat quarter acre lot to work with, in sizing and placing the ADU, we wanted to keep the backyard feeling expansive. A beautiful heritage oak tree in the center of the yard was a challenge to work around but also a key feature of the backyard space. We also located the unit to strategically block out a view of a neighbor's two story home and create more privacy in their backyard.

In space planning, Bob & Leslie wanted the space to feel open and smartly designed for flexible use. At a spacious 748 sq. ft., the ADU has a full sized kitchen, open floor plan living & dining area, oversized bathroom, washer/dryer area and a master bedroom.

Batten board siding, white columns and white casement around the windows were used to mimic the main home.

French doors open up from the master bedroom to a concrete patio perfectly sized for a bistro table. Bob & Leslie's daughter is a painter, and having the ability to open up the windows and doors to paint in natural light was a must!

Vaulted ceilings and exposed wooden beams opens up the great room area, while custom millwork for the desk nook and book shelf add character and convenient storage.

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