Living in a city usually means sacrificing space for greater convenience. With an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), you do not have to make that compromise. You can have all the amenities of a full-sized kitchen in a cozy ADU to accommodate your living space and make the most out of your property. Consider outfitting your ADU kitchen for casual dining, formal dining, entertaining family or cooking your favorite meals.
We offer ADU kitchen services to help you design your ideal cooking and entertainment space. Since we are an experienced ADU builder, we have the tools and expertise necessary for your kitchen addition project.
Design Considerations for Your ADU Kitchen
As you work with us to create your ADU kitchen, think about some of these factors:
- Size: Your guests should have plenty of room to sit and should be able to help themselves conveniently. Consider how large you want your kitchen to be, depending on building code requirements and your budget. You may want a smaller kitchen if you do not entertain often, or you may want to extend your kitchen if you enjoy cooking regularly.
- Convenience: Think about what features would make your ADU kitchen more convenient for you to use. Your kitchen should follow a functional work area where the fridge, sink and stove form a triangle. Add a built-in banquette to provide additional storage, seating and prep space to your kitchen. You can also maximize corner space with pull-out storage drawers.
- Natural light: Sunlight allows your living space to appear more spacious and inviting. Find ways to incorporate natural light in your kitchen, especially if you will be entertaining guests. Consider positioning your sink near a window with a view to the outside.
- Electricity and other utilities: Like the rest of your ADU, the kitchen should have access to electricity and plumbing. Plan for plenty of outlets throughout the kitchen to make cooking and cleaning more convenient. You can also opt for under-cabinet lighting to provide more lights for preparing meals.
- Finishing touches: After planning the appliances you want to include, think about what design or functional elements would make your ADU kitchen special.
Making the Most of Your Space
Unlike your home, an accessory dwelling unit only has so much room. Fortunately, there are ways to save space while still ensuring your ADU has adequate room and amenities. You can still feature the same conveniences as a standard kitchen, even with less space. Adding a pull-out pantry, magnetic strips, windowsill dining and even a fold-down table will maximize your space. With an ADU, you can make the most of your area by catering to more than just the need to cook and store food.
Since we use full-sized appliances in your ADU kitchen design, you can have everything you need while maximizing your property’s usable space. You can also request design elements such as skylights and natural lighting to make your kitchen feel more open and inviting. We design our ADU kitchens to maximize your property size, but we do not cut corners on appliances or design features just because there is limited space. Instead, we design your ADU kitchen in a way that makes your cooking area appear aesthetically pleasing and functional.