Despite covering a whopping 420,000 square kilometers in size, with an average population density of 252 people per square mile, California is also home to one of the country’s biggest housing crises. With a large number of people moving closer to Silicon Valley and other areas of the state with greater job opportunities, it has become quite clear that residents need to find practical solutions for optimizing their living spaces. And this is not just the case for Californians — recent lifestyle changes have made everyone bigger homebodies than ever before.
Enter the accessory dwelling unit or ADU. These seemingly small additions can turn a modest property into one that offers enough room for everyone in the family without the need to expand the property. Add to that how there are some very creative ADU design ideas out there that can turn any old shed or basement into an artisanal craft room or a serene yoga chamber, and you have a perfect DIY project at your hands.