Part 5: Detailed Design & Navigation
As we mentioned before, designing small, livable, and ultimately multi-generational homes for families requires specific skills and best practices. For the Fernández family, it was no different, and during the Detailed Design phase and navigation portion (we’ll get into navigation soon), we worked with Diane and her daughter to make decisions for their overall goals.
Interior Design offers some solutions for durability including using specific materials, many of which are engineered, but still maintain a natural look—as well as avoiding particular materials that chip or wear over time. Remember, Diane’s daughter and significant other own dogs that’ll be scrambling around the ADU and through the yard.
Other considerations are to make the unit accessible for an aging adult. Designing slightly wider doorways, curbless showers, etc.
And as for that Navigation pieces? That’s where ADU specialization comes into play. Every jurisdiction be it city, country, neighborhood, zone, or even specific lot has different regulations for ADUs. And though these regulations have been greatly relaxed, there’s a lot more to understanding what’s legally permissible on your property than a simple city ADU rules cheat sheet. And more than more local governments are cracking down on un-permitted structures, units, additions, and makeshift ADUs that don’t comply.
Diane was well aware of the risks, especially with there being a protected old growth redwood and power pole on her property within close proximity to her desired ADU. Our Residential design team carefully crafted the plans, as well as adhered to the hundreds of requirement to make certain the Fernández project would be a success.
This kind of attention to detail is what is necessary to permit a project as well as avoid extensive delays, sudden change orders, or costly surprises after any project breaks ground.