This Minneapolis ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) is complete! It’s time for the final reveal. Take a look inside this finished garage apartment.

We were excited when Cate and Jason came to us with the idea of adding an apartment above their detached garage. This unique project posed different challenges than a traditional remodel. In addition to our usual design-build process, we were responsible for navigating the specific codes and ordinances for building an Accessory Dwelling Unit in Minneapolis. To make our clients’ vision a reality, and to meet the Minneapolis ADU standards, the existing garage was torn down and replaced with a structure that is completely new construction. Even with the added complexity, this project finished on schedule and within budget. The resulting ADU includes a two car garage with an apartment above.

The ADU is complete! Inside the finished apartment above the new garage.

Cate and Jason were able to furnish most of the new ADU garage studio apartment with items they already had in their home, creating the separate living, cooking/dining, and sleeping areas. The open floor plan and layout allows for flexibility if they want to change the way they use the space in the future. ADUs can be used in many ways including long-term rental, short-term rental (Airbnb), home office, or as independent living for a family member.

The homeowners used furniture to define separate sleeping, living, and eating areas. (Photos by Jill Greer, Styled by Michelle Havens)

“We were very impressed with White Crane. Most surprising was how efficient the whole process went for such a robust project. There was never a lull…our project was always moving forward.” – Homeowners Cate & Jason


The view through the dining area into the living area.
The Living & Dining Areas: Separate activity areas were defined, but the luxury vinyl plank flooring gives the studio a cohesive feeling.

The ADU has lots of features that make it a completely self-sufficient stand-alone living space. The Kitchen includes granite countertop, full-size fridge, dishwasher, and cooktop, with room for a table or island for cooking prep and dining space. The 3/4 bath includes a shower, washer, and dryer. The apartment is cooled and heated by a mini-split unit and has baseboard heaters for extra frigid Minnesota winter weather.

The ADU has room for a table or Kitchen island to create cooking prep and dining space.
The Kitchen includes granite countertops, cooktop, range hood, full-size fridge, and dishwasher.
The 3/4 Bath includes a shower, washer, and dryer.
The view of the ADU from the main residence backyard.

The ADU exterior was designed to balance the modern elements that our clients wanted with the traditional style of their main house. The modernity of the cantilevered roof and minimalist light fixtures are paired with stucco board siding, which echoes the main home’s stucco exterior. The grey paint color on the ADU also ties in with the decorative Tudor details on the 1931 the .

The ADU from the alley with a view of the backyard and main residence just beyond. Included in the project scope were new garage with apartment above and driveway.
There is a stairway leading up to the apartment above the garage.

Look inside this project from the beginning to see the process of building an ADU in Minneapolis. Interested in building an ADU? Contact us for a complimentary consultation.


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