Starlet Accessory Living Unit

Last fall we were approached by a woman who was interested in building a cottage in her son’s back yard in St. Petersburg. We looked through the local zoning regulations and found that the property allowed for Accessory Living Units (ALUs), but not Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The difference between the two in St. Petersburg zoning was that she could build a cottage, but would not be allowed to have a full kitchen with an oven. Other areas of St. Petersburg, mostly in the historic neighborhoods closer to downtown, do allow full cottages with full kitchens (ADUs).

For this project, we adapted our 14’x16′ Starlet Cottage plan for our customer’s use, turning the kitchenette area into a walk-in closet and adding a roof extension over the front door to create a porch seating area. The end result is a comfortable and nicely appointed cottage. See details here, although the closet and bath ultimately were reversed: Starlet Cottage Plan In addition to meeting the zoning requirements, the cottage meets all Florida Building Codes and is legal for full time living.

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Eva - July 13, 2017 Reply

Oh, this is really nice! I’d love to have something like this in my yard like a relax zone or studio 🙂

Karen M - July 26, 2017 Reply

Great small place; but, isn’t there a better place to locate the fuse box or will a picture fit over it?

Cynthia Murdocca - July 26, 2017 Reply

Absolutely love this. How many square feet is this?

nancy - July 26, 2017 Reply

Great job, and why not build an outdoor kitchen/grill kind of thing?

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