The challenge in this project was to transform a drab existing basement space into an accessory dwelling unit (A.D.U.) with a sense of openness and “delight”. This was achieved through the addition of a new kitchen, an improved color palette, better lighting and through a slight modification to the internal circulation plan. The open shelving in the kitchen allows for easy access to utensils and appliances lending a casual freshness to the functioning of the room. The kitchen, dining area and living room create a “great room” in which all is in view. This makes the apartment seem roomier than it is. While the existing space was habitable, it did not meet the requirements for A.D.U.’s in the City of Seattle. The space now meets those standards.