Peek inside 11 tiny homes during this free tour of L.A. ADUs

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a 400 square foot converted garage just a stone’s throw from another single family home on the same lot? You’ll have a chance to find out this weekend when the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, under the Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, hosts a free self-guided tour of additional housing units.

The ADUs are open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to all houses is free, registration is not required. A Google map with a description of each home and address is available on the City of LA’s Low Rise website.

In Los Angeles, where real estate prices and rents are soaring, additional housing units, also known as ADUs, mother-in-law apartments and granny units, account for about 20% of newly admitted housing units and have become a powerful tool in allowing homeowners to make the most of their to make properties.

View of the living room, staircase and kitchen of an ADU

This Bunch Design cottage is just 750 square feet but feels a lot larger thanks to a continuous open-louvered staircase leading from the downstairs kitchen to a second bedroom.

(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

“Our housing affordability crisis requires that we get creative,” Garcetti said in a statement. “If just 10% of the city’s 500,000 single-family homes had a secondary unit, Los Angeles could increase its housing density by half in just a few years. Above all, this could be done without changing the character of a neighborhood.”

For the past year, The Times has documented the many ways in which ADUs have become an affordable game changer for families who have added a second home to accommodate their elderly parents, adult children, or renters to supplement their income.

Saturday’s expansive tour will feature 11 ADUs throughout Los Angeles in neighborhoods such as Elysian Park, Silver Lake, Hancock Park, Van Nuys, Mt. Washington, South LA and Venice. The tour includes projects by Los Angeles architects and design firms such as Bunch Design, Assembledge+, Taalmann Architecture, IT House, Bau10, Cover, Abodu, United apartment and Otto.

To give homeowners a realistic idea of ​​what the construction process will be like, two of the ADUs — a two-story ADU in Silver Lake and a single-story carport conversion in Van Nuys by IT House — will be open to the public while under construction. If you are interested in prefabricated design, two one bedroom prefab homes designed by Norm Architects in collaboration with Dwell will be on display at the Abodu showroom in downtown Los Angeles.

A blue 700 square foot two story ADU next to a Craftsman Bungalow

A 700-square-foot ADU, right, designed by Assembledge+, shares the lot with a 1916 Craftsman bungalow in Hancock Park. It will be open for tours on November 5th.

(Yoshi Makino)

When you have enough homes, you can learn more about ADUs from multiple perspectives as architect Linda Taalman moderates a panel discussion on low-rise densification efforts across LA with members of the Casita Coalition, Abodu, Revival Homes and a local homeowner and builder .

The discussion will take place on Neutra VDL studio and residences, 2300 Silver Lake Blvd. in the silver lake, from Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and seating is limited to 50 people. The proceeds benefit the programming work in the VDL Studio and Residences. Guests can register for the panel eventbrite, and have the opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A after the presentation. The conversation will be filmed and broadcast online at a later date.

https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2022-11-01/free-self-guided-adu-tour-la Peek inside 11 tiny homes during this free tour of L.A. ADUs

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