Case Stories

Our First Junior Unit

When Lilypad co-founder Rachel became a single parent, she needed extra income to hold onto her Corte Madera home. Putting her largest asset to work, Rachel converted her master bedroom suite into a 230 sq. ft. rental unit, creating privacy for the future tenant and, more importantly, for herself and her five-year-old daughter.  Years later when her daughter left for college, Rachel moved into the studio unit and rented out the main house, giving her the financial freedom to pursue new dreams.


The Junior Unit (or JADU) was created from conditioned living space (an existing bed and bath) so construction wasn’t too expensive and could be self-financed. Rachel designed the studio unit to be locked off from the main home by installing a locking double-door and sound-proof insulation. She added a new exterior glass door, allowing private access and lots of light, and a new small deck providing level entry and outdoor space for the tenant.  An efficiency or wet bar kitchen replaced the former walk-in closet, while new built-in shelving areas created storage, an office alcove and a niche for the bed.