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Design Guide Booklet / Architectural Floor Plans  / Video Interviews of Personal StoriesAARP Livable Communities of Expert Discussions

KEY: Affordablehousing, HousingForAll, GenerationalWealth, LivableCommunities ​

Accessory Dwelling Units - Design + Development

"I'm taken aback with the wealth of information you've created.  These (3) designs are meticulous and thoughtful. Would these designs be sufficient for a General Contractor to build an ADU?" 

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"These resources are AMAZING. Great work. -- I feel an ADU in my future." 

Heather Imboden, Prinicpal - Communities in Collaboration

REMOVING THE GUESS-WORK FROM THE INSIDE OUT


As barriers to individual participation in solving forced displacement and the housing crisis persist, the number of individuals on our streets increased by double-digits. The absence of widely accessible ADU loan products have left existing high-equity, low-income home-owners little option but to sell to their homes in order benefit from current market values.  The result is accumulated generational wealth disappears.  These drivers have made obvious the eventualized economic and social fragility of communities.  


​AARP partnered with Blink!LAB to create an ADU design catalog for three different household types. The result is a resource that guides homeowners through the steps of designing and building an affordable housing unit on their property.


Featuring ADU policies and projects from Austin, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Oakland, California; and Washington, D.C., this detailed catalog contains information about financing and budgeting for an ADU project; as well as images and tables that demonstrate how ADUs can be easily designed to serve individuals of differing ages, and physical abilities. 


CONTRIBUTORS


DESIGN & URBAN ANALYSIS 

blink!LAB architecture


FINANCE RESEARCH:

Teslim Ikharo JD


COMMUNITY PARTICIPANTS 

Catherine Leonard, Marquita Price - East Oakland Collective


AUSTIN

Austin Alley Flat Initiative, DaveyMcEathron Architecture


OAKLAND

Artisan Construction


DENVER

ADU Tour, L&D Construction


PORTLAND

Propel Studio


WASHINGTON, DC

Coalition for Smart Growth​


Research​
Strategy
​!Design

Research Publication and Floor Plans, July 2019

Content: 113 Pages

Floor Plans: Several sizes


REGULATIONS AND FINANCE 
Detailed analysis, comparisions and summaries will assist local policy-writers in assessing the effectiveness of regional efforts.   


SPACE PLANNING AND DESIGN
We step through a short list of features and budgetting exercises a home-owner should consider in order to determine the size and layout of an ADU.​


ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS
As we age, needs and priorities change.  Income security and physical mobility were the two primary design influences reflected in the three floor plans.  


  • 350SF / Studio Unit is ideal for the home-owner with limited means and space, but desires additional income.
  • 500SF / 1 Bedroom Unit is based on the input of a retired teacher considering making the ADU his home while renting the main-house.
  • 800SF / 2 Bedroom Unit is based on the concept of accessible in-home care.