My 500 s.f. round studio
My husband and I got married last year and have to add on to his house to live together - it's a 1 BR, 1 BA. We decided to build a separate studio Accessory Dwelling Unit, because I have cats to which he is seriously allergic, and in any case his dog can't be trusted with them.
So we have put a down payment on a 500 s.f. Deltec, which is a 10-sided structure in which the only load bearing walls are the exterior walls. It will have a bathroom and a bedroom alcove of 125 s.f. but otherwise be one large room. It's modular; you buy the shell and finish on-site.
I want to keep the bathroom to no more than 50 square feet, and I want a curbless shower. I would be interested in opinions of shower stall that you can buy which have a flange that would depress when a wheelchair rolls over it, as opposed to a tiled shower, for which you have to cut into the floor joists to construct the kind of drain needed by a curbless shower. I am not sure you can do that with this kind of flooring system, from what the project manager said.
Also, anyone's experience with HVAC systems for such a small structure will be useful. My husband is interested in a wood stove, since he has a lot of wood, but I get migraines whenever he uses his fireplace, so I really am not. I know there are very expensive high-efficiency stoves which might not generate fumes, but for the price I am not interested in trying, and wood stoves are not really my look. A ductless Mitsubishi system was recommended. ANyone used this or something similar? What about when storms shut down the electricity?
We live near Atlanta, and it willl be located in a shady location. One of our first decisions has to be whether we want a vented roof, or an unvented roof with a radiant barrier. The radiant barrier has to be used with a kind of insulation that requires an unvented roof. I can't figure out whether the radiant barrier will really make much difference in this climate. It's not that expensive but - maybe it would be better to have a vented roof?
We are excited but pretty clueless about some aspects of this.