The crisis of housing affordability in the USA has reached humanitarian proportions. From Silicon Valley to the suburbs of Washington DC, people have less residential options that will work for their families. Using Accessory Dwelling Units as an innovative typology, this presentation reframes the discussion about affordability and creativity within the existing housing stock. Enriched by her residential experience in Washington DC, Ileana Schinder will share how this housing typology transformed her vision of house and home. Framed with cultural, historical and economic backgrounds, this presentation will show how the real estate industry is fundamental to a creative approach to the future of housing.