Our Prototyping Journey
How we are testing our idea
"People are looking at what they can do to make our neighborhoods more affordable and help more Angelenos find stable places to live. That's why [backyard units] are attracting so much interest — they're a relatively low-cost way for homeowners to play a big part in expanding our city's housing stock, and make some extra money while they're at it." Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA Times
Los Angeles is testing ways to incentivize homeowners to open their backyards to recently homeless individuals by building and demo-ing an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), culminating in an “open house” that will engage the community in experiencing how the ADU will look and feel.
One thing we're discovering through testing
According to the survey conducted by the LA team, 10% of those surveyed are interested in building accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their property. Further testing revealed that people had very different expectations of their relationship to the prospective tenants. Some anticipated that the door would face the back of their yard, while others would want the ADU facing their home so that they could socialize with the occupant.