Wednesday, October 31, 2012


An ADU or 'Granny' unit can be an excellent way to augment family living, most often for teens or elders. Or as a rental, depending on the jurisdiction. Here is one designed for a family who wanted a space 'next door' for an older son. It has a 500 sf garage at ground level with a one bedroom living unit above.

A last note: context is important in any design. You need to at least know the context in order to 'fit' in as seen here with the ADU in the middle. Or to stand in contrast.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


The design goal for the A Residence is to transform this typical existing kitchen to serve the extended family. First - increase the size of the footprint so several people, many ages,  can cook and help in the kitchen. 2nd - add work surfaces with more counters and an island. 3rd - add sinks. Sink #3 is for washing hands, particularly suited for this South Asian family. 4th - be sure there are lot's of cupboards and storage. 5th - maintain the open plan with the family/dining area. 6th - add additional counters for serving. 7th - improve the connection to outdoors. Put the main sink directly at the window.  It is also good to note the design process with the A family was very collaborative. I welcome this. 

Friday, October 19, 2012


Recently Kumaran Design submitted an entry to the Pinole Pomo Nation, a Native American Nation in Northern California, for their proposed Living Culture Center. The emphasis was on zero energy buildings sensitive to the culture, place and what is sacred. To begin - the site plan.

Embodying Pomo culture, four buildings – in the four directions – are sited counter clockwise around the sacred center. Enclosed by a now completed circle of live oaks – seven new ones planted to honor each of the seven elders.
While cohesive as a whole, the design and building types for each building differ by intent. To inform, to give options, even to manifest, one building at time.