The recent ADU|HOU Design Competition received enthusiastic responses from both architects and design professionals and garnered 30 submissions of Accessory Dwelling Unit schematic designs and concepts Funded by a 2021 AARP Community Challenge grant, the ADU|HOU design competition will ultimately provide a set of plans that homeowners can use to build an ADU on a single-family residential lot where deed restrictions allow. The plans will go through preliminary plan review and will comply with the City’s current building code and development standards.

Kirksey's Kathleen Taus created a contemporary work from home solution which she describes below.

"A common missing feature in denser neighborhoods is a garage. A balancing act is required in order to fit necessary parking, an accessory dwelling unit and retaining vital green space. Cognizant of this fact, the apartment was designed to perch on top of two covered parking spaces, each with enough room to hold a full size truck, while providing an efficient floor plan for one or two inhabitants.

The apartment features a palette of contemporary finishes. In lieu of custom cabinetry, readily available millwork solutions can be utilized to the benefit of speed and cost consciousness. A built-in island negates the need for a separate table and a small office is tucked away to provide a work from home solution or hobby space. To provide a fresh perspective but harkening back to extant buildings, a cementitious board and batten and casement windows are used along with an asymmetric gable roof."

Click here to read more about the design competition and click here to see Kathleen Taus's top voted design.