Albemarle ADU 2 ADU+2 Bonus ADU
"Efficient and Cost-Effective Housing Project: Maximizing Space and Privacy"
Second Option Occupancy R3
Initial Design Concept: Our project began with the idea of constructing a single building with two Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on the ground level and and 2 smaller bonus ADU on the second floor . The primary goal was to maximize space and rental income. However, as we delved deeper into the design, we realized that this configuration would change the occupancy classification from R3 to R2, triggering a whole new set of regulatory requirements. The increased cost of meeting these additional demands led us to reconsider our approach.
Revised Approach: In response to the challenges posed by the change in occupancy classification, we made a strategic decision to maintain an R3 occupancy classification. This choice allowed us to stay within the familiar territory of residential codes, avoiding the need for costly upgrades such as sprinkler systems and specialized mechanical and electrical systems required for R2 buildings.
New Design: My revised design features two separate buildings, each housing two units. The ground floor of each building accommodates the larger ADU, offering direct access to a garden area, while the upper unit becomes the bonus ADU. This approach not only aligns with R3 occupancy regulations but also enhances the privacy of each unit.
Privacy and Open Space Utilization: A key consideration in our design was to provide maximum privacy for each unit. By arranging the larger ADUs on the ground floor, we were able to create a natural separation between the two ADUs, optimizing privacy. Additionally, we strategically positioned windows to make the most of available open space, providing ample natural light and ventilation while maintaining the privacy of residents.
Conclusion: Our housing project journey demonstrates the importance of adaptability and creativity in real estate development. By reevaluating our initial design concept and choosing a path that aligns with R3 occupancy regulations, we were able to reduce construction costs, avoid complex compliance issues, and prioritize the privacy and comfort of our future residents.
Through thoughtful design and a commitment to meeting both regulatory and cost-efficiency objectives, we've created a project that offers not only comfortable living spaces but also a valuable lesson in the art of flexible and effective design.