LA's New ADUs
Mother-in-law units and garage apartments are leveling up. Now that there’s a market for backyard architecture, designers are embracing the typology.
As Los Angeles faces a profound housing shortage, California officials and real estate experts are looking at this housing typology as a potential solution: the Accessory Dwelling Unit (or ADU), aka granny flat or in-law unit. Thousands of Angelenos already live in back houses, but new state policies passed in 2016 are meant to make these small urban residences more simple, transforming homeowners into micro-developers. ADUs provide housing and they can also add density to single-family areas where new apartment complexes would be difficult to construct. We’re only just beginning to see the results of this first wave of ADU development. Find out what’s so special about ADUs this year at the LA Design Festival.
ADU Shop Talk (Friday, June 21)
Meet the designers whose homes and projects will be featured as part of the ADU Home Tour. Construction never really goes exactly as planned so learn from the experts. Alexis Rochas (Oasys), Alexis Rivas (Cover), Bo Sundius and Hisako Ichiki (BunchADU), and Paul Gasiorkiewicz talk about their experiences building backyard residences. Where are the hidden costs? What do you need to be prepared for before becoming a micro-developer? All the nitty gritty and often un-addressed questions. RSVP here.
ADU Home Tour (Saturday, June 22)
Hop on the first-ever ADU Home Tour. This self-guided design experience will give guests a peek behind the fence, so to speak, at some of the most innovative and interesting ADUs in Highland Park, Echo Park, and Mid City.
Start the tour at ROW DTLA where architect Alexis Rochas will showcase the Oasys. Taking a cue from the automotive industry, Rochas uses robots from Detroit to prefabricate the Oasys, allowing for faster build times. Built in collaboration with transformative state-of-the-art Resource Furniture, Oasys and Resource Furniture will stay on at ROW DTLA through the summer serving as an ADU resource center for homeowners. Marvin, Haier, and Vadara Quartz have also outfitted this modern backyard residence, which is styled by Natalie Myers of Veneer Designs, a Los Angeles-based designer know for her “Scandifornian” aesthetic. Tickets available here.
Echo Park Hilltop
Architect Paul Gasiorkiewicz (5+ Design) and his wife Yukiko have just moved into their modern ADU atop a hill in Echo Park that he designed as their primary residence. Thanks to double height volume, and walls of glass that provide expansive views and natural light, the diminutive space feels anything but small.
Space Age Backyard Boxes
In Mid-City, Cover will feature their first completed ADU. Described as a technology company, Cover applies design, architecture, software engineering, computational physics, and automotive manufacturing to build their products more quickly and efficiently. Check out their tool that uses geo-spatial software and zoning data to determine whether and how big you can build on your property.
Bunch Design, a husband-and-wife architecture team who designed a guest cottage on their own property several years ago, has come up with a pre-designed system (dubbed BunchADU) for building ADUs quickly and efficiently anywhere. The tour features two of their projects in Highland Park and Echo Park, both with their trademark minimalism and expansive height.
City ADU Pilot Program
LA Mas is part of a City ADU Pilot Program with Council District 1 and the Mayor’s Innovation Team to test how ADUs can be both affordable and contextual. The recently completed ADU will be on the tour.