Accessory Dwelling Unit Design/Build Services from Neil Kelly.
Make the most of your home by adding an ADU!
Every year, more Northwest homeowners are enhancing the value and livability of their properties by adding ADUs. Accessory dwelling units — also known as backyard cottages, in-law apartments or even granny flats — are separate residential living spaces built on the property of a single-family home. Whether you’re interested in having more room for guests, sharing your home with family or generating rental income, an ADU is a great way to leverage available space on your property.
While the term ADU typically brings to mind a backyard cottage behind the main home, there are several types of accessory dwelling unit to consider, depending upon existing property configuration and intended use:
- New construction of freestanding or detached ADU
- Conversion or expansion of an existing secondary structure, such as a garage, into an ADU
- Conversion of a space within the main home, such as a basement or attic, into an ADU
- Addition of an attached ADU to the main home
While building a small backyard cottage may seem relatively straightforward, local regulations can be complex, and careful planning and efficient design are essential to ensuring comfort and livability in a compact space. Our design/build experts have the knowledge and experience to help you navigate all of the requirements, options and possibilities, and build the ADU that’s just right for your property, your budget and your intended use.
Begin exploring the possibilities today by scheduling a complimentary design consultation.
ADAPTABLE ADU DESIGNS
Neil Kelly, in partnership with architect Charles Sax, offers optimized designs ranging from 450-800 square feet that provide an excellent starting point for planning your ADU. These floorplans were designed to maximize livability in a small footprint, while allowing for a high degree of customization of both interior details and exterior architectural style.
CUSTOM ADU DESIGN
If you’re considering an attached or converted ADU, or wanting to create a one-of-a-kind freestanding cottage, we can help. The expertise, craftsmanship and environmental awareness we bring to remodeling and custom homebuilding are a great fit for custom ADU development. Achieve the perfect balance between your dreams and your budget, your design ideas and functionality, technology and nature. All with uncompromising construction quality and unmatched service.
SOUTHEAST PORTLAND ADU
This tiny home ADU combines contemporary NW design with industrial elements, creating a light, spacious feel inside a small envelope.
With this particular unit bound for the short-term rental market, the Neil Kelly team — led by Design Consultant Chad Ruhoff — chose materials and finishes that would be long-lasting and easy to clean. The team also wanted the building to be energy efficient and solar powered.