Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are growing in popularity throughout the Twin Cities region and beyond. These small homes share lot space with a single-family home—you may also know them as granny flats or second suites.

ADUs increase housing options in established neighborhoods, can be used for extended family or designed to be a more appropriate home for future living, and can be a source of additional income for homeowners via rent. On the 2019 Homes by Architects Tour, you can see a beautiful example of this flexible residential architecture style.

The owner of Home 9, “Side Street Suite,” wanted to downsize, and chose to create a 640-square-foot ADU in the backyard of a duplex as the way to do so. Privacy and a connection to the outdoors were successfully balanced in the compact space, and the design works to make the home feel larger than it actually is through strategically-placed glass, warm colors, and sliding doors.

Tickets to the 12th annual Homes by Architects Tour go on sale August 2. Learn more at

The 2019 Tour is supported by Marvin Windows & Doors, Elevation Homes, Hagstrom Builder, Landscape Renovations, Stinson Builders, Inc., White Oaks Savanna, Pella Windows & Doors, Belrose Hardwood Floors, Dovetail Renovations, Frost Cabinets, Hage Homes, Hirshfield’s, Lelch Audio/Video, Martin Patrick 3, Otto Painting Design, Orijin Stone, Semihandmade, Showcase Renovations, The Sitting Room, Synergy Products, and Urban Ecosystems, Inc.

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