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MASTRIDICASA Architecture + Design

Accessory Dwelling Unit
ADU Design

Truckee Lake Tahoe City Architect Residential Designer Building Permit Construction House


The Town of Truckee enacted the necessary legislation that allows homeowners to add an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) to their existing property.

MASTRIDICASA Architecture + Design was contacted by the owner of this property on Donner Pass Road opposite Donner Lake, and commissioned to design a detached garage for their residence, with an accessory dwelling unit above. The goal was to build a budget-friendly, utilitarian and efficient use living space within the limited square footage footprint. The design vision started completely different from the final design. While such a simple structure would seem to be a no-brainer, the opposite is often the case. With numerous jurisdiction parameters and constraints to work with, along with meeting the objectives of the client, this seemingly simple project posed numerous challenges.


What you see in these drawings is the culmination of the design-collaboration with the homeowner - a two car garage below, with an ADU above, complete with a spacious bedroom and generous closet with lofted storage space, one bathroom designed for ADA usage, an open-plan full kitchen / great room with an alternate heat source, and upper level deck that looks out to Donner Lake.

Expecting a Summer 2023 start of construction...

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