Part 3: Visual Design & Build Plan
The Nguyen home is a beautiful Spanish style and matching the exterior design was extremely important in order to create a cohesive, considerate design for not only the accessory home, but for the property as a whole. It was important that the ADU feel very deliberate in its design.
One of the most stunning aspects of the design was to continue the bright, airy feel of the main home, while playing off aesthetic details that Dan’s mother and wife would love, specifically warmth and some added bling.
Additionally, the Nguyen ADU is meant for long-term family occupance, specifically elderly family, so considerations were made to make aging-in-place possible. Decisions like:
- Slip resistant flooring
- Minimal flooring transitions
- Grab bars
- Hand shower with extending hose
- Shower benches
In fact, the bathroom is designed to essentially operate as a wet room, with tile to the ceiling of the shower, on the floor, and as baseboards. The shower is also fully accessible to walk-in, and features a hand-held shower on a slider bar.
As for the kitchen? “Mom loves to cook.” was repeated like a mantra, so the design incorporated a large, fully-appointed cooking area including a full refrigerator and spacious dining area.