An Owner-Architect's Garage-to-ADU Approved for Capitol Hill

  • June 24th 2021

by Nena Perry-Brown

Bird's eye view of the ADU on the lot. Click to enlarge.

It's been a while since UrbanTurf has highlighted any new alley dwelling units (ADUs), so today, we head to Capitol Hill to take a look at an ADU that we have been following for a few months. 

View from alley intersection. Click to enlarge.

On Wednesday, the Board of Zoning Adjustment voted to approve a proposed ADU at 135 13th Street NE (map), which would convert and add a story to an existing garage at the back of the lot. As designed by owner/architect Ziad Demian, the resulting structure would have a 743 square-foot footprint, two bedrooms, and two baths.

View walking down alley from 13th Street. Click to enlarge.

The ground floor would house an interior parking space and an open concept living/dining room and kitchen. Upstairs, one of the bedrooms would have an en-suite bath and access to a narrow balcony facing the backyard, and there would also be a bonus room and the laundry room. The ADU will also have rooftop solar panels.

View from backyard. Click to enlarge.

Demian and wife Merrill plan on renting the unit out, then eventually installing an elevator to use the unit to age in place. The Historic Preservation Review Board also granted concept approval in April.

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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/a-garage-to-adu-rental-approved-for-capitol-hill/18424.

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