Before and after: Two architects cut a house in half to make a home and an ADU
How do you get two L.A. homes for the price of one? Cut a house in half to create an ADU.
Before: The home’s original 1923 facade was illegally erased in 2014, shown here. Melissa and Amanda Shin of Shin Shin Architecture had to restore it back to the 1923 design, which is not shown. The home was legally uninhabitable due to multiple unpermitted additions over the years. (Shin Shin Architecture )
Architects Melissa Shin, with dog Maya, and Amanda Shin enjoy the outdoor area in front of the ADU affectionately called “Mouse House.” (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)