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 Additional 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. Ileana Schinder will use a presentation with examples of additional dwelling units. Filled with project photographs, floor plans and construction details, the content will illustrate the challenges and opportunities that residential projects present in the current market. Enriched by her experience in a multi-county background, ileana will provide a framework of zoning and building codes that simplifies the process of understanding and developing additional dwelling units in different regions.