How an aging Tudor's ADU rejoined a family and brought them more detailed together

Eight years back, Rion Nakaya was living in Oakland with spouse Michael Cosentino and also their 2 youngsters when her mom, Maggie, shed her companion of 37 years.

Like lots of Gen Xers, Rion, 47, dealt with an acquainted obstacle from 400 miles away: attempting to keep track of the well-being of a moms and dad that is mobile and also comfortable in your home yet on a fixed income and overwhelmed by the needs of a 90-year-old house.

When the upkeep on the 1926 Tudor in South Pasadena ended up being excessive for Maggie, that is currently 69, the pair got serious about relocating her to the Bay Area in 2016.

"We wished to be closer to my mother and I at first thought she can go up right here," says Rion, an electronic manufacturer and founder and editor of the Youngster Must See This, a complimentary academic video source for teachers as well as families.

"My goal was to be near her and also have the youngsters spend real time with her."


Michael Cosentino as well as Rion Nakaya's recently refurbished 90+ year old South Pasadena home.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


Michael Cosentino as well as his wife, Rion Nakaya kick back on the deck of their South Pasadena residence.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


A sight of the courtyard that attaches the major home to the ADU, made by Medium Plenty. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


The deck works as a bridge in between the primary house and also the ADU.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


The ADU was needed to look like a garage in the historical area due to the fact that it shows up from the road.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


A window in the 550-square foot garage-turned-ADU, made by Medium Lots.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


A moving Nanwall opens up the kitchen area as well as dining-room to the outdoors.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


The original fire place and coved ceilings were maintained in the living-room of the recently remodelled home.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


The open kitchen area attaches to the living-room. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


A view of the den simply off of the living room as you go into your house.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


Custom-made bookshelves line the kitchen area wall surface.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


Designers Ian Read and Gretchen Krebs of Medium Plenty designed the open kitchen area with enjoyable in mind.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


The pair are followers of midcentury, Scandinavian and Japanese style.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


A photo in the dining-room catches the pair's kids at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


Globes rest on top of a personalized timber cupboard in the living room.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


The ADU encounters far from the major residence, with the entry on the side. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


The inside of the South Pasadena ADU features a loft.(Mariko Reed)

For greater than a year, the pair tried to find an economical leasing for Maggie that was within walking range of their Oakland service. They also searched for a property in the East Bay that can house them all. However in the middle of the rise in multigenerational living-- a current Church bench Proving ground research discovered 60 million Americans, or four times as lots of as in 1971, live in multigenerational real estate-- and increasing realty costs, the family made a decision that it made even more sense to transfer to South Pasadena as well as refurbish Rion's youth house.

"I was making more cash and also yet it was ending up being tougher to live," Michael states of the obstacles of purchasing a residence in The golden state. "We heard tales about people turning up with tech money and acquiring homes for cash."

A converted garage turned ADU

The garage-turned-ADU encounters far from the main home, with a personal entrance

on the side.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times

)For Nakaya and also Cosentino, the question for the South Pasadena house had not been practically renovating the kitchen as well as upgrading the cooling and heating yet regarding exactly how three generations could live comfortably with each other while respecting Maggie's need for privacy as well as independence.

The response can be found in transforming the separated garage right into a 550-square-foot device home system, otherwise known as an ADU or nana level, for Maggie.

The major residence, which had degenerated over the years of deferred upkeep, would certainly additionally need a full upgrade, including service a bedroom enhancement that was in disrepair, the exterior stucco, the roof covering, water-damaged siding and used interiors.

After seeing the work of North California-based Medium Plenty in Oakland, Cosentino, an elderly manufacturer at KPCC, and also Nakaya connected to the company's designers, Gretchen Krebs and also Ian Read, for help renovating the residential or commercial property.

The designers, that are wed, recognized the pair's gratitude for Midcentury Modern style and Scandinavian as well as Japanese design as well as their dream to produce 2 clearly different homes for 3 generations.

A couple stand on their deck

Rion Nakaya and Michael Cosentino moved from the Bay Location to be closer to Rion's mama.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

"We have actually been thinking about this a lot too," Read claims of aging-in-place worries. "Our parents remain in different states of health and wellness as well as business economics. We understood the demand to produce enough space to make sure that people have autonomy in between them as well as an area where they can sign up with communally."

Yet the renovation would not be easy. Since the house lies in a historical district of South Pasadena, the engineers, that collaborated with Downey-based GA Style Build, were required to maintain the top qualities of the single-family home, such as the Tudor language of the street-facing appearance, as well as develop the ADU, which would certainly be visible from the street, to resemble a garage.

That really did not stop them from forging ahead in back, where they developed an extensively modern outside with remarkable angled roofs beautified with strong black windows, angled cedar exterior siding on the bedroom development and a slatted black trellis that prolongs the back portion of the cooking area as well as echoes the black trim on the home windows.

"We were so constricted on the front, so the back was an area to go one more instructions while utilizing some of the references of the house," states Krebs. "It's so fun to stroll to the back as well as see a totally different home."

The back of a modern house viewed from the yard

< img alt= "The back of a contemporary home watched from the lawn "src= "" > A view of the yard that links the major house

to the ADU, developed by Tool Plenty

.( Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)In its new manifestation, the primary house is just slightly larger: 1,636 square feet as opposed to 1,446. It additionally has an open layout, numerous skylights that bathe the insides in light as well as cozy wood cabinets for the family members's publications as well as devices.

While the living-room was left intact, consisting of the house's initial fireplace and coved ceilings, all of the interiors were gutted to produce a more flexible floor plan with a very easy circulation for the pair's children-- Clementine, 11, as well as Dante, 14-- other member of the family as well as pals.

A living room with a fireplace

The original fire place and coved ceilings were maintained in the living room of the freshly refurbished residence.

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

The wall that divided the cooking area from the yard is currently gone, creating an open, light-filled space that looks out over the backyard as well as a brand-new public deck that serves as a bridge between the house as well as the ADU.

"We wished to open it up," says Rion. "Your house was so dark as well as Tool Lots included huge home windows, a Nanawall [glass wall] as well as skylights that bring the feeling of nature inside. We reside in a tree-friendly city and also there are a lot of birds and squirrels in the neighborhood. It makes a massive difference."

Sunshades and a garage conversion ADU

The entryway to the ADU encounters away from the major house and also street.(Jason Armond/Los

Angeles Times)The tiny floor plan preserved the lawn on the lengthy as well as slim whole lot, leaving room for a basketball hoop, an exterior dining area and also Rion's drought-tolerant and edible horticulture jobs. The designers also took full advantage of space by adding integrated storage space in the garage and primary house and an attic room over a lot of the areas.

Adding to the modern feel of the courtyard, the designers dressed the exterior of the ADU in diagonal cedar planks, similar to the bedroom enhancement. Closed off from the yard and street, Maggie's home faces far from the major home, with exclusive entryways on the side and in back, where her door opens onto a fenced yard that gives adequate area for her pet dogs.

"The existing layout of the structure was well matched for an ADU because it's all one level," says Krebs. "The families can be beside one another and after that be able to integrate."

A blue wall with a bookshelf against it and a loft above

The interior of the South Pasadena ADU includes a loft.(Mariko Reed)For Maggie, the ADU needed to be large sufficient for her to feel comfortable as well as comfy, but not so huge that upkeep would be an issue. The architects set up practical linoleum floorings, a tiny Ikea kitchen area with Semihandmade fronts, skylights, a restroom with a curbless shower for very easy access and a loft space for storage space.

"She didn't desire it to really feel medical," says Read. "She desired a vibrant, tidy box for her things as well as vintages."

A kitchen with wood cabinets and white countertops

Designers Ian Read and also Gretchen Krebs of Tool Lots designed the open kitchen area with amusing in mind.

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

Asked if they had any guidance for house owners thinking about an ADU, the engineers stated it's important to be clear on developing standards before continuing.

"An ADU appears like it's a lot less than a house, yet it's still a home," claims Read. The South Pasadena ADU cost around $250,000 by the time it was finished in October 2021, however the designers claim it would certainly cost twice as much today because of supply chain and labor concerns. "Be clear on what the standards are going to be. You can spend a lot of cash in a job as well as figure out you do not get approved for permits, or you need to do upgrades, and it will certainly cost a lot greater than you assume."

A wooden dining table with flowers on it, a bubble lamp above and a photo on the wall behind

< img alt =" A wooden table with blossoms on it, a bubble lamp above and an image on the wall surface behind "src=""> A picture in the dining-room captures the pair's

children at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris.(Jason Armond/Los

Angeles Times)Twenty-two years after moving away, Rion is back home in Los Angeles Region, which she states has actually transformed immeasurably in her absence.

Prior to the pandemic, she had actually imagined holding buddies in the family's new open cooking area that was particularly designed with entertaining in mind. She additionally had wanted to sustain her uncle, her mother's older bro, that was ill with cancer for several years prior to he died in 2020.

Still, much continues to be the exact same. Her middle-school primary lives down the road. Her youngsters participate in the exact same schools she performed in her youth.

A dining table with white flowers on it as seen from a deck through open glass doors

< img alt= "A table with white blossoms on it as seen from a deck with open glass doors"src =""> A sliding NanaWall opens up the kitchen and

dining room to the outdoors. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

The building seems like a modern-day hideaway on a road with a small town feel, as well as the couple enjoy with the home's public feeling. "We have suppers together a couple of times a week with my mom," Rion claims. "Pizza nights on Mondays. We send the kids over with her mail and they aid her wash the pets."

Adds Michael, who is also 47: "I have actually recognized [Maggie] for more than twenty years now, yet I never truly learnt more about her, due to the fact that we didn't live nearby. Since we reach see each various other so commonly, I have an opportunity to recognize her in such a way that I had not previously."

Bowls on kitchen shelves above a counter

The couple are fans of Midcentury, Scandinavian and also Japanese design.

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

Operating in the technology industry, the couple led a nomadic life for years, living in Brooklyn, London, Paris as well as the Bay Location. Since they have put down roots in South Pasadena, they say their kids have something they cherished maturing: a partnership with their grandmother.

"It is an absolute present to hang around with my mommy," says Rion. "We consider ourselves extremely lucky."

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