A Canary Yellow ADU Brings a Sense of Community to a Saint Paul, Minnesota, Backyard

Partly designed by a son for his mother, the structure let a family come together during the worst months of the pandemic.
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Questions about community played an important part in Sonja Batalden’s decision to buy her Saint Paul, Minnesota, home. "How can we continue to think differently about how we use space in the city?" the nurse-midwife says she asked herself before purchasing it. "And how can we create different ways of living together?" She thought the home’s driveway—shared with one of her best friends, right next door—could serve as a first step in connecting with her neighbors. And its deep yard offered space for her to explore new ideas about home life.

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