An accessory structure in the heart of the Richmond neighborhood was designed to accommodate changing uses over time, giving the owner flexibility to use the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) as a short-term rental, mother-in-law suite, or as primary residence. The location of the open-plan kitchen/living room, use of dormers, and thoughtful material selection are a few measures taken to create a bright and spacious atmosphere in the small footprint. The placement of living space on the upper level allows generous daylight and a provides distinct separation from living space in the main house. Shallow dormers are a modern take on a traditional architectural feature and make the open-plan living area feel abundantly spacious. White-washed pine was used throughout to maintain a light-colored palette which reflects daylight while bringing warmth and a connection to sustainable materials into the project.

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Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, and Metal Railing. A void created by the entry frames the stairway. Photo  of Division Street ADUView Photos

A void created by the entry frames the stairway.

Low dormers bring modernity and natural daylight to this small footprint Photo 2 of Division Street ADU modern homeView Photos

Low dormers bring modernity and natural daylight to this small footprint

Modern home with Kitchen, Refrigerator, Wall Oven, Cooktops, Engineered Quartz Counter, White Cabinet, Medium Hardwood Floor, Ceiling Lighting, Accent Lighting, and Undermount Sink. Modern kitchen with a minimal palette Photo 3 of Division Street ADUView Photos

Modern kitchen with a minimal palette

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Ceiling Lighting. The living room flows right from the kitchen/dining area in this open plan Photo 4 of Division Street ADUView Photos

The living room flows right from the kitchen/dining area in this open plan

Modern home with Bath Room, Engineered Quartz Counter, Cement Tile Floor, Porcelain Tile Floor, Ceramic Tile Floor, Wall Lighting, Ceramic Tile Wall, Concrete Wall, Porcelain Tile Wall, and Undermount Sink. Erin Adams tile adds interest and color to a minimal bathroom Photo 5 of Division Street ADUView Photos

Erin Adams tile adds interest and color to a minimal bathroom

Modern home with Bedroom, Wall Lighting, Concrete Floor, and Bed. Ground floor bedroom features a walk-out patio Photo 6 of Division Street ADUView Photos

Ground floor bedroom features a walk-out patio

Modern home with Doors, Exterior, and Swing Door Type. A welcoming entry for guests Photo 7 of Division Street ADUView Photos

A welcoming entry for guests

Modern home with Doors, Exterior, Swing Door Type, and Sliding Door Type. A recessed entry lined with cedar Photo 8 of Division Street ADUView Photos

A recessed entry lined with cedar

Modern home with Outdoor, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, and Small Patio, Porch, Deck. Outdoor patio with a canopy for shade or protection from the Portland rain Photo 9 of Division Street ADUView Photos

Outdoor patio with a canopy for shade or protection from the Portland rain

Builder
  • Taylor Smith Sustainable Construction
Photographer
  • Olivia Ashtonn

Overview

Style
  • Modern