Spurred by a recent state law aimed at easing California’s housing shortage, a Los Angeles family turns to architect Martin Fenlon to add an ADU to their backyard.

The enlarged garage and the new ADU addition comprise 750 square feet in total.

When California lawmakers made it easier and more affordable for homeowners to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), it didn’t take long for a Los Angeles family to join the effort to relieve the state’s housing crisis.

$17,720
Site Upgrades
$16,350
Foundation
$28,800
Framing
$14,435
Windows & Doors
$17,790
Siding
$8,375
Roofing & Exterior Flooring
$1,760
Gutters & Rain Tank
$15,210
Wall Coverings
$1,485
Flooring
$2,235
Trim & Millwork
$7,055
Paint
$3,800
Mechanical
$5,420
Plumbing
$12,975
Electrical
$11,980
General Work
$10,220
Kitchen
$8,325
Bathroom
$36,787
20% Overhead & Profit
Grand Total: $220,722

The clients, a young couple with two small children, turned to local architect Martin Fenlon to create a compact and sustainably minded studio apartment atop their detached garage in Los Feliz, a hillside neighborhood where they have lived for over five years.

"Clad in economical fiber-cement siding, the ADU reaches down to the ground, while the stucco cladding of the garage reaches up, forming a semi-enclosed entry sequence," says Martin.

“Clad in economical fiber-cement siding, the ADU reaches down to the ground, while the stucco cladding of the garage reaches up, forming a semi-enclosed entry sequence,” says Martin.

John Linden

Working with a tight timeframe of just a little over a year, Martin crafted the 350-square-foot addition—named Rodgers ADU after the clients—for a total cost of $220,722. He also enlarged the garage to 400 square feet for extra storage space.

Large Milgard windows face the south and west.

Large Milgard windows face the south and west.

John Linden

Seven months were spent on the drawing and permitting process, and another seven months were spent on construction.

The enlarged garage and the new ADU addition comprise 750 square feet in total.

The enlarged garage and the new ADU addition comprise 750 square feet in total.

John Linden

See the full story on Dwell.com: Budget Breakdown: A Cozy Studio Tops an L.A. Garage For $220K

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