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Custom Craftsman ADU for Multi-Generational Family in Los Altos

We partnered closely with long-time Los Altos residents Bob & Leslie on the design of a spacious Craftsman 748 square foot, 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 ADU in their backyard, while adding long-term equity to their property. Bob & Leslie both have a passion for architecture and wanted to design the Accessory Dwelling Unit for the possibility of eventually moving in themselves once they retire.

Los Altos Granny Flat In-law Unit - Custom Accessory Dwelling Unit Design

A Custom ADU Built to Suite the Property

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.

Los Altos Granny Flat In-law Unit Floor Plan - Custom ADU Design

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.

Exterior Finishes for the ADU to Match the Existing Home

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

Los Altos Granny Flat In-law Unit - Custom Accessory Dwelling Unit Design Exterior - Stick Built backyard

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!

Los Altos Granny Flat In-law Unit - Custom Accessory Dwelling Unit Design Interior - Stick-built Turnkey ADU

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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