I wanted to share a couple of images of a recently photographed project of ours. This structure is locally called an “ADU”. Not to be confused with the ACU (Army Combat Uniform), a garage with an apartment above is known as an Accessory Dwelling Unit. This particular project features a 2 bay garage at the ground level and a studio apartment on the upper level.
This ADU features a gambrel roof with dormers on either side. The canopy of a large live oak tree covers one side of the structure as it was tucked back into the corner of the lot facing both a rear and a side alleyway. The gambrel roof shape allowed us to maintain additional space inside the apartment while still pulling away from this grand tree at the midpoint of the roof.
garage-live oak tree
This past weekend, I was invited to present at the Charleston Home + Design Show on “Charleston HOUZZ Worthy Homes”. I focused this presentation on trends in three areas of the home that are typically high on a homeowners list. Kitchens, Bathrooms and Storage. For this third excerpt, I’ll focus on the Bathrooms.
Bathrooms are some of the most personal spaces found in a home. Some bathrooms and fairly private, in the case of “en suite” bathrooms (Master Bathrooms), which some bathrooms are very public, for powder rooms and even some hallway-accessed bathrooms. Here are a few bathroom trends that I have noticed recently:
- Aging in place implements – these include grab bars (which may be used as towel bars until needed), zero threshold showers and doorways with enough clearance (which could allow for a person in a chair to be wheeled in.)
Grab bars in bathroom
- Large mirrors to increase the visual size of smaller bathrooms.
- Independent showers with frameless glass doors. A house should have at least one bathtub but many master bathrooms are omitting the bathtub.
Zero Threshold Shower
- Toilet closets.
- Private, but shared bathrooms between adjacent bedrooms.
Bathrooms are increasingly important to homeowners, both in the quality of the finishes, but also in the quantity of bathrooms in the home.