This unique 380 square-foot project is located near Lake Harriet and the historic streetcar line. A recent change to Minneapolis zoning code paved the way for building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in this location. In addition to other benefits, ADU’s allow for independent multi-generational housing within close proximity to a primary residence.
The client wanted a separate accommodation for visiting family, friends, and intermittent Airbnb renters. The strategic use of glass, partitions, and vaulted ceilings creates an open and airy interior. Vertical siding and awning windows create a fresh, yet “nested” exterior. Additionally, compact and concealed kitchen appliances exemplify how an essentials-only project can still be modern, comfortable, and stylish.
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Exterior View from Alley
Compact Kitchen with concealed appliances
Large sliding glass doors connect the interiors with exterior deck
Interior view from sleeping area to living area
Winter photos of the exterior from the adjacent bridge
Site Plan Diagram
Plan, Section and ADU Information
Additional Dwelling Unit Life cycle