South Minneapolis ADU

Building a Garage Apartment in South Minneapolis

Follow along as we build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) above a new garage in South Minneapolis.

Appliances, Heat, & Air

With full-size appliances, heat, and air conditioning, this ADU has all the amenities of a studio apartment!

The Kitchenette features a full-size fridge, dishwasher, and small cooktop with vent hood. The vent hood wasn’t included in the original design, but after an inspection, it was determined we would be required to add one. Cooking a meal will be a breeze in the small but efficient ADU Kitchen.

The Kitchenette refrigerator, dishwasher, cooktop, and vent hood are installed.

The stacking washer and dryer will be installed in the Bath.

Separate Laundry Was a Must Have.

The ADU will have its own separate laundry from the primary home with a new stacking front loading washer and dryer that will fit into a niche area in the Bathroom. Having a separate laundry from the primary home creates privacy and convenience for the ADU resident.

Heating the ADU – Let’s Use a Mini Split.

Heat for the ADU is provided by a mini split and baseboard heaters. The mini split will also cool the ADU in the summer months with air conditioning. A water heater dedicated to just the ADU has been installed in an insulated and heated utility closet in the garage below the apartment unit.

The hot water heater for the ADU is located in the garage below, in a heated utility closet.

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