A 450-Square-Foot Backyard ADU Is Like a Cozy, Wood-Paneled Standalone Studio Apartment

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Small red accessory dwelling unit with blue flowers and white lights

Name: Jonathan Martin and my Great Dane
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Type of home: In-law suite / back house
Size: 450 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I’m a medical student on a budget in a college town learning how to live in and furnish a small space.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Traditional, simple and charming, yet refined. Unique, not necessarily on-trend.

What is your favorite room and why? It’s just the one room, and has everything I need.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A weird lamp from a vintage store.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Choose things that you like and not just what’s in style!

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.