ADUs are perfect for granny flats or mother-in-law apartments. Everyone knows that. But some people choose to rent out out the big house and live in the ADU.
ADUs don’t take a lot of space either. Attics, basements, backyards, even the upstairs of your garage can be converted into an accessory dwelling unit. You’re limited only by the degree of ingenuity and creativity you can leverage.
This page is to help you begin constructing your own dream ADU. Our hope is that these ADU photos, designs, and ideas will help you begin the process of determining the look and feel you want for your accessory dwelling unit.
This ADU (see above) is a simple A-shaped cottage with the living room, dining room, and kitchen all in one place. It’s white walls, open floor plan, and high ceilings give the granny flat a great feeling of spaciousness. The lined wood floors, as well as the blocked carpet, give color to an otherwise all-white room.
This cottage-style ADU (above) was built in the backyard … right next to a small pond and behind an outdoor dining set. The plant life surrounding the accessory dwelling unit, as well as the plant box by the window sill, give the house more of a homey, lived-in look. This ADU also houses its own patio area, complete with couches just in front of its main double doors. Rent out the big house and live here!
This accessory dwelling unit (above) showcases an open floor plan for its kitchen, living room, and dining room. The bathroom and bedroom provide privacy. A wooden door by the side of the living room serves as the main door, while two large side windows open up into a porch that provides air and the room for space. Darker laminated wood serves as the outside area for this mother-in-law cottage, contrasting itself with the lighter wood flooring inside the home.
This is a quaint breakfast nook (see above) in an all-wood ADU, serving as a nice place to eat, drink tea, or maybe just read a book. It features hanging seats and tables. Here’s proof that design doesn’t have to be compromised while saving space in an otherwise small home.
Function doesn’t have to be sacrificed in lieu of space. This photo (above) showcases a laundry room and sink. The design allows it to be concealed when not in use. Storage spaces above the sink can be used for bath towels, spare mats, and even your dryer!
Come back for more soon. We’ll be adding photos of ADU’s we find (and ADU’s we build) often. Do you want us to highlight your ADU? Send us the photo. We’d love to see how you’ve constructed and used an accessory dwelling unit?