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An Alley-Access-Only Dwelling Unit

Hidden Alley Apartment

A dwelling unit attached to the back of a commercial space.

This existing alley apartment was poorly-constructed, built off the back of a small commercial building in a residential area. The apartment had a series of odd additions tacked onto it, including a dilapidated carport. Working carefully with the existing footprint and the allowable zoning envelope, our team crafted a new vision for the back of this property.

Where before there was a small, awkward apartment in bad shape, there is now a generous and light-filled dwelling unit. The clients envision possibly using this space for their own residence at some point, as they work in the commercial space on the streetside, so it needed to be suitable both as a rental and as a future owner’s unit.

At the exterior, we created a clean, contemporary façade that integrates well with a new covered parking area and a generously-sized, private outdoor room.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hidden Alley Apartment

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

What did this project look like before we started?

Here are some “Before & After” shots so you can experience the transformation for yourself.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & VellumHidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum

Notes & Credits
This project was built by Schaefer Construction.
Landscape design by Scot Eckley.
Photos by John G Wilbanks Photography.

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