NELA Living Blog by Emilie Broughton

LA Design Festival Hosts ADU Home Tour on June 22nd









As Los Angeles faces a profound housing shortage, California officials and real estate experts are looking at this housing typology as a potential solution: the Accessory Dwelling Unit (or ADU), aka granny flat or in-law unit.  Thousands of Angelenos already live in backhouses, but new state policies passed in 2016 are meant to make these small urban residences more simple, transforming homeowners into micro-developers.  ADUs provide housing and they can also add density to single-family areas where new apartment complexes would be difficult to construct.

Join me in meeting some of the innovators who are embracing the new typology and using technology to make it easier and more efficient to create these backyard residences. This is going to be a much-needed push forward for the real estate industry.

Bunch Design
bunchADU offers ready-to-go ADU designs for the Los Angeles area. Bunch Design is a practice that creates high-quality modern design.  bunchADU will have two completed ADUs on the tour.

Cover is a technology company that designs and builds quality custom homes.  Homes can be constructed efficiently and are uncompromising in their design and performance.

LA Mas (ADU Pilot Program)
With a housing crisis heightened by the supply shortage, LA-Más is teaming up with Council District 1 and the Mayor’s Innovation Team on a Pilot Program that tests how an ADU can be both affordable and contextual.

Architect Alexis Rochas has developed a prefabricated building system that allows for efficient construction of ADUs.  Oasys has designed and built a model ADU at ROW DTLA that will be on view for through the summer.  The first Oasys was completed and constructed in Palm Springs in a weekend.  Oasys in The Narrows was built in collaboration with Haier, Marvin, Resource Furniture, Vadara, and Amberleaf with interior design by Natalie Myers of Veneer Design.

Paul and Yuki Gasiorkiewicz (5+ Design)
Architect Paul Gasiorkiewicz and his wife Yuki Gasiorkiewicz designed a sleek and modern ADU on his Echo Park property that exemplifies their own brand of warm minimalism.

Check-in at ROW DTLA and tour the Oasys on The Narrows before heading off on this self-guided tour.  Homes are located in the Highland Park, Echo Park, and Mid-City neighborhoods. Locations and a guide will be provided at check-in.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
This is a self-guided tour. Parking is available but will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. We suggest carpooling with friends or ride sharing.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
E-mail Liz Medina at

What’s the refund policy?
No refunds but tickets are transferrable if you let us know in advance.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you can bring the digital/e-mail ticket and/or we’ll have you on our list. Please don’t print!

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Yes, if you let us know by MONDAY, JUNE 17.

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