An ADU is an amazing space. You can either live in it, have relatives live in it, or just have it as a guest house. But granny flats are small places, and there’s not much room for anything other than the very basics.
But that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on furniture, storage, or beauty. Let’s talk about how to make an otherwise small space into a wider, more breathable room.
Here’s a list of ideas on how to make your ADU feel bigger, without sacrificing anything.
Here’s a tip for ADU builders we cannot stress enough: BUILD TALL.
What you lack in floor area, you can make up for in height. This added volume to your house can make a lot of difference! It will make your interiors look and feel much bigger than they actually are. You’ll also get more air circulation. Get low sitting furniture to amplify the appearance of more vertical space.
There’s a reason why so many ADUs are painted white. White, as well as any other light color, makes a place look much bigger than it actually is because our eyes are used to smaller places being drab and dark. With lighter paint, you can create the illusion of a wider room.
Make your furniture fill the room. This may seem contradictory, but it’s true: bigger furniture gives the illusion of more space. Smaller furniture projects a more cramped and cluttered look … and you surely don’t want that for your ADU.