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 ADU

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 home

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 ADU

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 ADU

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