Part 2: Concept Design
Every Acton ADU project starts with a plan, a project framework that guides the entire project, not just the construction of the accessory home. The primary home is situated on a longer lot that’s home to a variety of trees, including a beautiful redwood.
Preserving the redwood tree was critical, not only for the family but also for the city of Palo Alto as a heritage tree by law. Not to mention, Gwen and her husband wanted to create a feel of serenity in this new space, that the resident of the ADU could enjoy, while providing privacy for the occupants of the main home. This kind of early planning is important, because it will directly dictate decisions on the floor plan.
For example, to maximize privacy for the ADU, the bedroom is placed farthest from the primary home, with a direct view of their redwood tree, an important feature that promotes a beautiful, peaceful environment. Additionally, the living room is situated closest to the main home, but obscured by trees, bushes, and flowers that offer another wonderful view, without compromising privacy.
As for the bathroom and kitchen, their layout was designed to be super efficient in terms of sharing plumbing and utilities, to keep costs down, and maximize the overall efficiency of the secondary home.