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Adaptive Re-Use to Granny Pod: A Look at Two ADUs in DC

by Nena Perry-Brown

With Montgomery County beginning to consider loosening the restrictions on accessory dwelling units (ADUs), this particular housing style may soon become a more regular part of the region's residential neighborhoods. 

Today, UrbanTurf takes a look at a couple of ADUs in DC proper, one in the planning stages and one that was recently completed.


775 Fairmont Street NW, rear. Click to enlarge.

Adaptive Reuse in Pleasant Plains

The homeowner of 775 Fairmont Street NW (map) recently applied to the Board of Zoning Adjustment for height and setback relief in order to add a floor to a single-story commercial building across the alley from the rear of the Helicopter Factory.

Floorplan. Click to enlarge.

The resulting structure would be a two-story three-bedroom, 3.5-bath dwelling with a garage, cellar, second-floor terrace and roof deck. Patrick Brian Jones of the converted Hoagie House is the architect.


Exterior. Click to enlarge.

A "Granny Pod" in Cleveland Park

Possibly the first ADU built in the Cleveland Park historic district is this recently-completed ARCHI-TEXTUAL-designed unit. The homeowners will stay in the newly-delivered ADU while renovations are made on their house, and may later offer a suite for extended family to stay.  

Interior. Click to enlarge.

The ADA-accessible one-bedroom unit boasts modern finishes and amenities like Miele and Bosch small space appliances, solar panels, a car charger, and a green roof, as well as reclaimed wood floors throughout.

More photos are below.

Kitchen. Click to enlarge.
Bedroom. Click to enlarge.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/adaptive-reuse-to-granny-pod-a-look-at-two-adus/14956

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