A 421-Square-Foot Backyard Accessory Dwelling Unit Feels Much Larger Than It Actually Is

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Credit: Shawn Pederson

Name: Shawn Pederson
Location: San Clemente, California
Type of home: Accessory Dwelling Unit
Size: 421 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months, owned

Credit: Shawn Pederson

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I built this ADU in the original garage on my mom’s property to be near her for the future. I wanted to have everything I ever wanted in a home included but just on a small scale. I think I accomplished that!

Credit: Shawn Pederson

What is your favorite room and why? My kitchen! It’s where I spend the most time as it has become my classroom!

Credit: Shawn Pederson
My tiny kitchen/classroom

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? My kitchen island. Found at the vintage market place in my area.

Credit: Shawn Pederson
The bathroom and wardrobes

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Elevated comfort in small spaces

Credit: Shawn Pederson
My barn door to separate my living area from my bedroom

Any advice for creating a home you love? Only include the things you love and don’t settle. Charm is in the details.

Credit: Shawn Pederson
Custom medicine cabinet

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