How an aging Tudor's ADU rejoined a family members and also brought them more detailed with each other

8 years back, Rion Nakaya was living in Oakland with husband Michael Cosentino and their two children when her mommy, Maggie, shed her companion of 37 years.

Like lots of Gen Xers, Rion, 47, faced an acquainted obstacle from 400 miles away: trying to keep an eye on the welfare of a moms and dad that is mobile as well as comfy in the house however on a set earnings and overwhelmed by the demands of a 90-year-old house.

When the upkeep on the 1926 Tudor in South Pasadena became way too much for Maggie, that is now 69, the pair got serious concerning relocating her to the Bay Area in 2016.

"We wanted to be closer to my mom and I at first assumed she might move up right here," claims Rion, a digital manufacturer and also founder and editor of the Child Need To See This, a cost-free educational video resource for teachers as well as households.

"My objective was to be near her as well as have the children spend live with her."


Michael Cosentino and also Rion Nakaya's recently restored 90+ year old South Pasadena home.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


Michael Cosentino and also his spouse, Rion Nakaya loosen up on the deck of their South Pasadena house.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


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


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


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


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


A gliding Nanwall opens the kitchen and also dining room to the outdoors.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


The original fire place as well as coved ceilings were maintained in the living room of the recently renovated 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 just off of the living room as you get in the house.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


Custom bookshelves line the cooking area wall.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


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


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


An image in the dining-room records the couple's children at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


Globes hinge on top of a custom-made wood closet in the living room.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


The ADU deals with away from the main residence, with the entryway on the side. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


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

For more than a year, the couple looked for a cost effective rental for Maggie that was within strolling distance of their Oakland leasing. They also sought a property in the East Bay that could house them all. However amidst the increase in multigenerational living-- a current Church bench Research Center study found 60 million Americans, or four times as numerous as in 1971, stay in multigenerational real estate-- and also escalating property prices, the family members decided that it made more feeling to relocate to South Pasadena and also renovate Rion's childhood house.

"I was making even more cash as well as yet it was ending up being harder to live," Michael states of the difficulties of buying a home in The golden state. "We heard stories concerning individuals showing up with tech cash as well as buying residences for money."

A converted garage turned ADU

The garage-turned-ADU deals with far from the main residence, with a private entryway

on the side.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times

)For Nakaya and Cosentino, the question for the South Pasadena house had not been nearly renovating the cooking area as well as upgrading the cooling and heating but concerning how 3 generations might live easily together while appreciating Maggie's requirement for privacy and self-reliance.

The solution can be found in changing the separated garage right into a 550-square-foot accessory home system, or else called an ADU or nana flat, for Maggie.

The major home, which had actually deteriorated for many years of postponed maintenance, would likewise need a complete upgrade, including deal with a master bedroom addition that was in disrepair, the exterior stucco, the roof, water-damaged siding and worn insides.

After seeing the work of Northern California-based Tool Plenty in Oakland, Cosentino, a senior producer at KPCC, as well as Nakaya connected to the firm's architects, Gretchen Krebs and also Ian Read, for help remodeling the building.

The architects, who are wed, understood the pair's admiration for Midcentury Modern architecture and Scandinavian and also Japanese design along with their wish to create two distinctly various homes for three generations.

A couple stand on their deck

Rion Nakaya and also Michael Cosentino relocated from the Bay Area to be closer to Rion's mother.(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

"We have actually been thinking about this a lot too," Read states of aging-in-place problems. "Our parents remain in different states of wellness and economics. We comprehended the need to develop sufficient room to make sure that individuals have autonomy in between them as well as an area where they can join communally."

But the restoration would not be simple. Because the house lies in a historical area of South Pasadena, the architects, that dealt with Downey-based GA Style Build, were called for to maintain the qualities of the single-family home, such as the Tudor language of the street-facing façade, and also develop the ADU, which would certainly be visible from the road, to resemble a garage.

That really did not quit them from pushing the envelope in back, where they created a completely modern-day outside with dramatic angled roofs beautified with vibrant black windows, diagonal cedar house siding on the master bedroom expansion and a slatted black trellis that extends the back part of the kitchen and echoes the black trim on the windows.

"We were so constricted on the front, so the back was a location to go one more direction while using some of the referrals of your home," claims Krebs. "It's so enjoyable to walk to the back and see an entirely various house."

The back of a modern house viewed from the yard

< img alt= "The rear of a modern-day house seen from the yard "src= "" > A sight of the courtyard that connects the major home

to the ADU, developed by Medium Plenty

.( Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)In its new indication, the major house is just somewhat larger: 1,636 square feet instead of 1,446. It additionally has an open layout, numerous skylights that wash the insides in light and also warm wood cupboards for the family's books and devices.

While the living-room was left intact, including the residence's original fire place and coved ceilings, all of the interiors were gutted to create a much more adaptable floor plan with a simple circulation for the pair's youngsters-- Clementine, 11, and Dante, 14-- various other member of the family and buddies.

A living room with a fireplace

The initial fire place as well as coved ceilings were maintained in the living-room of the freshly refurbished home.

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

The wall surface that divided the kitchen area from the yard is now gone, creating an open, light-filled space that looks out over the yard and also a new public deck that works as a bridge in between the home and also the ADU.

"We intended to open it up," says Rion. "Your house was so dark and Medium Lots added large windows, a Nanawall [glass wall] and skylights that bring the feeling of nature inside. We live in a tree-friendly city as well as there are a lot of birds and squirrels in the neighborhood. It makes a massive distinction."

Sunshades and a garage conversion ADU

The entry to the ADU faces far from the primary house and street.(Jason Armond/Los

Angeles Times)The little floor plan protected the lawn on the lengthy as well as slim lot, leaving room for a basketball hoop, an outside dining location as well as Rion's drought-tolerant and also edible gardening projects. The architects likewise made the most of area by adding built-in storage in the garage and main house as well as an attic room above most of the spaces.

Contributing to the modern-day feeling of the courtyard, the designers outfitted the exterior of the ADU in angled cedar planks, comparable to the bedroom addition. Closed off from the courtyard and street, Maggie's residence encounters away from the primary residence, with personal entryways on the side as well as in back, where her door opens onto a fenced backyard that gives adequate room for her pet dogs.

"The existing layout of the structure was well matched for an ADU since it's all one degree," states Krebs. "The households can be adjacent to each other and after that have the ability to come together."

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

The interior of the South Pasadena ADU includes a loft space.(Mariko Reed)For Maggie, the ADU required to be huge sufficient for her to feel comfortable and cozy, however not so large that upkeep would be an issue. The engineers mounted no-nonsense linoleum floorings, a small Ikea kitchen area with Semihandmade fronts, skylights, a bathroom with a curbless shower for very easy entrance and also a loft for storage.

"She really did not desire it to feel professional," states Read. "She wanted a colorful, tidy box for her points and also antiques."

A kitchen with wood cabinets and white countertops

Designers Ian Read as well as Gretchen Krebs of Medium Lots designed the open kitchen area with amusing in mind.

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

Asked if they had any type of advice for property owners taking into consideration an ADU, the architects claimed it's important to be clear on building guidelines before continuing.

"An ADU appears like it's a lot much less than a house, however it's still a house," states Read. The South Pasadena ADU set you back about $250,000 by the time it was finished in October 2021, but the designers claim it would certainly cost twice as much today as a result of provide chain as well as labor issues. "Be clear on what the guidelines are going to be. You can invest a great deal of money in a job and also figure out you do not receive authorizations, or you need to do upgrades, and it will certainly set you back a great deal greater than you believe."

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

< img alt =" A wood dining table with blossoms on it, a bubble light over as well as a picture on the wall surface behind "src=""> A picture in the dining-room captures the couple's

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

Angeles Times)Twenty-two years after relocating away, Rion is back home in Los Angeles County, which she claims has actually changed immeasurably in her lack.

Before the pandemic, she had actually pictured hosting good friends in the household's brand-new open kitchen that was particularly developed with enjoyable in mind. She additionally had actually wanted to sustain her uncle, her mother's older brother, that was ill with cancer cells for many years prior to he passed away in 2020.

Still, much continues to be the same. Her middle-school principal lives down the street. Her children attend the same schools she carried out 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 flowers on it as seen from a deck through open glass doors"src =""> A gliding NanaWall opens the kitchen area and also

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

The residential or commercial property feels like a modern retreat on a road with a small town feeling, as well as the couple are happy with the house's communal feeling. "We have dinners with each other a few times a week with my mother," Rion says. "Pizza nights on Mondays. We send the kids over with her mail and also they help her laundry the pet dogs."

Includes Michael, that is additionally 47: "I have actually recognized [Maggie] for greater than 20 years now, yet I never ever really learnt more about her, due to the fact that we really did not live nearby. Since we get to see each other so commonly, I have a chance to know her in a manner that I had not before."

Bowls on kitchen shelves above a counter

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

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

Working in the tech industry, the pair led a nomadic life for many years, living in Brooklyn, London, Paris and the Bay Area. Now that they have actually taken down origins in South Pasadena, they say their kids have something they cherished maturing: a partnership with their grandma.

"It is an outright present to hang out with my mommy," states Rion. "We consider ourselves incredibly lucky."

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