A Stylish ADU in LA by Allprace Properties
Here at Remodelista, we love a scoop, a term coined by our own Michelle Slatalla for a garage turned into cottage style accommodation – for guests, mothers-in-law and anyone else who needs their own space. Right now, the latter, of course, is something we all dream of having.
Shanty Wijaya, founder of LA LA Allprace, a boutique real estate renovation and development firm, was prescient last winter when she decided to convert the two-car garage connected to a recently built house into what is commonly known as California an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit). In 2017, the state enacted legislation making ADUs legal and removing most fees, making these backyard structures more popular than ever. Join us for a look at this one, which Shanty says is also perfect for rental / Airbnb: “By transforming the garage into an ADU – with plumbing, electricity, HVAC system, kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom.” bath – we have increased the image area of the house and added value for the future owner. Plus a place to quarantine in style.
Photograph of Jessica Alexander, courtesy of Allprace Properties (website under construction; see last @allprace).
Shanty grew up in Jakarta and came to this country to study biochemistry and molecular biology. She is a self-taught designer who thinks like a scientist – “I like to do research, solve problems and invent things” – and treats each property as a passionate project. She says that a change of house in difficulty in 2009 led to another, and that is how she joined the business. She is currently working on three renovations. Just don’t call it a flipper, it asks, “We put design, artistry and finish before business and profit. Our mission is to create well-designed, high-quality homes at any cost and help beautify neighborhoods. Allprace partners with Humble Design, and part of Allprace’s revenue is spent on the non-profit creation of furnished homes for families emerging from homelessness.