Hickory Lane ADU

Key Features:

  • Vaulted nickel gap ceiling with white oak beam in kitchen. Fabricated to span kitchen and look like one large beam though was actually made of 3 pieces of white oak.
  • Custom inset hickory and painted cabinetry
  • Curbless shower with bathroom floor running through shower floor
  • Gas fireplace in living room
  • Large deck off kitchen

After years of dedication and anticipation, our clients embarked on their dream renovation project as they approached retirement. Their vision? A cozy yet elegant space nestled in our picturesque coastal town of Ipswich, MA.

The couple, one a veteran in the communications industry and the other, a seasoned builder with decades of experience, approached our collaboration with a unique perspective. While the builder was accustomed to managing every aspect of his home, his partner had a clear vision for the project’s style and ambiance. Together, they entrusted us with bringing their shared vision to life.

Navigating a project with such diverse perspectives and backgrounds added an extra layer of responsibility. Clear and constant communication became paramount as we worked to honor both their expertise and their vision. Fortunately, our clients recognized the value of our knowledge and entrusted us to uphold our renowned standards. This mutual understanding fostered a collaborative environment where transparency and trust flourished, ultimately leading to a successful outcome.

With the help of Betsy at Hutton Home Design, our skilled team, and many trade partners, our client’s vision became a reality. We built them a custom, one-bedroom accessory dwelling unit (ADU) over the garage of their daughter and son-in-law’s home. The heating and cooling system consisted of mini split units. We cantilevered the second floor to add space to the kitchen, making the room seem larger. We created a functional and beautiful space within the zoning constraints of 900 square feet. All the while, careful consideration was given to scale and ensuring the addition looked like an extension of the existing home.

The completed renovation exceeded all expectations, providing the couple with a perfect haven when they embark on their retirement journey.

The newly built space boasts:
  • Shared foyer with white oak stairs and floors throughout
  • Custom kitchen with hickory island, vaulted ceilings with white oak beam and access to their shared deck
  • Living room with gas fireplace
  • Convenient laundry space
  • Spacious bathroom with curbless shower and custom vanity
  • Bright bedroom with his and her closets
  • Plenty of storage via a pantry, laundry closet, coat closet, and cleaning supply closet

    Their new home not only brought their family closer, but allowed them to soak in the tranquil ambiance of the North Shore. Inside, every detail was carefully curated to reflect their style; blending modern comforts with a touch of coastal charm. From the spacious living area to the cozy bedroom, every corner exudes warmth, creating an inviting atmosphere for family gatherings, lasting memories and quiet relaxation.

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  • Location

    Ipswich, MA




    An ADU, including a shared foyer and entry, kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, laundry, closet storage, and deck.


    Hutton Home Design, Custom Wood Products, Lopes Electric, Calvary Flooring, Morris Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Sabrina Cole Quinn Photography

    Project Cost

    $500,001 – $750,000

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