The Ability House - Arthur Danielian, Danielian Associates

This plan by Art Danielian of Danielian Associates Architecture + Planning is designed to serve multi-generational living with its detached “casita” unit.

By Art Danielian, FAIA, founder and president, Danielian Associates. Architecture + Planning | July 23, 2012

This single-story, 2,500-square-foot home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The uniqueness of the plan lies in its ability to serve multi-generational living with its detached “casita” unit, which provides space for grandparents, adult children, or utilization as a large home office. Another option allows reconfiguration of the master bathroom to allow for stairs, an optional elevator, and an added second floor. This optional floor provides space for such choices as a secondary master bedroom, a bonus room, or grandkids’ bedroom and playroom.

All doorways, hallways, and common areas have extra width to allow for easy daily living and possible aging-in-place choices. With an abundance of large sliding glass doors, indoor-outdoor living is enhanced and allows this plan to live much larger than its square footage indicates.

The Ability House also incorporates a large technology center adjacent to the kitchen, making this area the real heart of the home and center of daily activity. Extra width has been designed into the garage to provide for easy access storage. The trusses above the garage have been designed to take more weight, allowing for tremendous storage capacity that is accessible with a pull-down ladder.

All in all, this home is adaptable and flexible, livable and expandable, and accessible and multi-generational.

A. Multi-generational living “casita”
B. Home office configuration
C. Indoor-outdoor living
D. Private outdoor courtyards
E. Technology center
F. Additional garage width for extra storage
G. Optional secondary master bedroom configuration
H. Optional grandkids’ bedroom and playroom configuration
I. Additional storage within the trusses above the garage
J. Large, open great room layout
K. Optional stairs and elevator


Arthur C. Danielian, FAIA
Danielian Associates Architecture + Planning


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