Open House

We had an open house for our recently completed unit in Sunnyvale last Saturday and it was a great success. Housing Trust Silicon Valley co-sponsored the event. Registration was capped at 120 and it sold out in hours. Sara and I were speaking with a steady stream of attendees for over 4 hours. Many of these people had attended one of HTSV's Homeowner ADU workshops. Also, the mayor of Sunnyvale Larry Klein (no relation) came out, as well as other ADU advocates and policymakers. The reactions of the attendees were very affirming!

"The best ADU I've seen so far" was my favorite type of comment, heard a couple times. Other reactions included “awesome” “looks so much much bigger [than the listed square footage]” “I’d want to live here.” Someone even cried when they saw the bathroom. In a good way: Thinking of how nice it would be for her elderly father.

I'm proud that we've created something that people are responding so positively to when they see it in the flesh, this was one of our main goals, but equally importantly that the design and build of this ADU is intimately tied to an appreciation of systems and scale. That’s one of the reasons that attendees were also impressed by the total project cost which was published on the HTSV flyer.

Like all of our ADUs, the features of this backyard home included:

  • Universal Design Standards for accessible and healthy kitchen, bath, and living spaces.

  • Modern European Design for comfortable living in a modest footprint.

  • Natural, Clean Atmosphere with natural materials, ample natural light, high ceilings, and clerestory windows.

  • High Quality Efficient Kitchen equipped with ADA-compliant appliances.

  • Open Floorplan with indoor-outdoor connections and easy flow through the home.

  • Engineered for Streamlined Construction and amenable to prefab manufacturing.

This is a low carbon footprint home featuring energy efficient equipment & appliances:

  • Ductless mini-split system for cooling and heating.

  • Gas tankless water heater.

  • Stackable washer/dryer.

  • Full kitchen: Dishwasher, refrigerator, induction cooktop & combination microwave/convection oven.