Innovative ADU Designs and Ideas

Your design taste is all your own, but the key to success with any construction project is in the details. This is especially true for small-scale structures like accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Because of their size, every detail plays a vital role in functionality and aesthetics.

By carefully considering these seemingly “tiny” elements, you’ll make a significant impact, ensuring your ADU is as charming as it is livable. The possibilities are endless, but here are a few innovative design ideas to get you started on your journey. 

Bring the Outdoors Indoors

While you’ve probably seen folding glass doors in commercial settings, San Diego ADU owners are beginning to use them to open up their spaces and bring the outdoors inside.

Folding glass doors consist of multiple panels hinged together and open and close like the bellows of an accordion. 

When closed, you have a neatly stacked set of windows, creating a secure wall of windows. When opened, the panels slide to one side of the room on a track system, allowing you to make more natural light, better views and airflow, and a seamless indoor-outdoor connection. 

Vertical Space

Building up, not out, is one of the best ways to expand your footprint. This is where loft spaces come in handy. 

In a split-level loft, you might have a living area, cabinets, or closet space at ground level and a sleeping area or office space above it. The configurations are only limited by your imagination. 

Open Floor Plans 

Because the kitchen and living room are social spaces, they generally do not require the same privacy a bedroom or bathroom would. When possible, you can open up those spaces!

Fewer walls give your space an open and airy feel, allowing natural light to move around. Plus, you give yourself more options to transform single-use furniture into multipurpose objects: Where a kitchen island may have previously only served one purpose, it can now double as a desk or dining area.

This brings us to our next idea. 

Smart Furniture 

Traditional furniture generally serves a single purpose: A desk is for working; a table is for eating; an ottoman is for propping your feet up. Smart furniture is multifunctional, stores easily, and frees up space. 

Ottomans with built-in storage compartments give you the best of both worlds—a place to prop your feet and a convenient place to store blankets, remotes, and books.

Wall-mounted desks are also ideal for small offices or areas that overlap with the kitchen, allowing you to work, eat, and fold down when not in use. While nesting tables have long been in use, they are still underutilized. There is convenience in having multiple tables that can be stacked together when not in use.

Why Choose Specialty Home Improvement? 

Dependability. Integrity. Reliability. That’s our promise, and that hasn’t changed since 1993. We have the experience and expertise to bring your innovative ADU designs and ideas to life. If you have any questions or are ready to get started on your San Diego ADU design, contact us today.