Contemporary Design Creates Modern Accessory Dwelling with Bright Interiors

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Contemporary design, glass openings, interior decorating with houseplants


T+E+A+M designed a two-story house is a unique building project that created a modern accessory dwelling in Michigan’s home backyard. Fibre cement panels and stainless steel are low-maintenance materials used for the building, and space-saving ideas are perfect for small zones. Northwood ADU features a living room, dining area, kitchen, bathroom on the ground level, and a sleeping area on the upper floor. Thom Moran, Ellie Abrons, Adam Fure, and Meredith Miller envisioned this 730 square feet (68 square meters) modern house created with fiber cement panels and stainless steel in the rear of the lot. The accessory dwelling is a great idea for renting backyard structures.

The building has a boxy form and a sloped roof. White walls and a concrete floor create modern interiors inside the steel home. The house exterior features fiber cement, metal panels, and stainless steel mesh accommodating climbing vines, adding greenery to the contemporary design. Contemporary laminated strand lumber walls and ceiling designs give a modern touch to contemporary interior design.

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Modern interior design, contemporary lighting, and houseplants create functional, stylish living spaces and set an airy atmosphere in the home. The house has a hydronic floor heating system, a heat pump, and an energy recovery ventilator. Glazed openings bring in natural light and connect home interiors with the outdoors.

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Contemporary design, glass openings, interior decorating with houseplants
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Photography by Chris Miele

  by Ena Russ   

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