Additional Dwelling Unit at Gallatin St NW

Additional Dwelling Unit at Gallatin St NW

Originally built in the 1950s, the abandoned garage behind the main house on Gallatin Street was transformed into a 1-bedroom Additional Dwelling Unit.

Before the intervention, the structure consisted of an unfinished wood frame structure. The original foundations, painted cedar shake exterior and concrete floor were reused. Portions of the existing structure remained in good condition which allowed us to reuse the elements to preserve its historical feel.

The renovation consisted of fitting the exterior envelope with insulation, drywall and cathedral ceiling. New windows and doors were fit in the existing openings, and some new openings were created to maximize the entry of natural light deeper and higher into the space. The exterior was repaired and painted to match the existing cedar cladding. Organized in 450 square feet, the final program accommodates a 1-bedroom, full bath, open kitchen with living space, laundry and storage above the bathroom, accessible through a ladder in the bedroom. As part of zoning requirements, a parking pad was kept next to the unit with the option to be used for outdoor entertainment.

BEFORE & AFTER