Home Tour: South Kingstown Tiny House

An accessory dwelling unit is the perfect solution to keep generations connected


When Lucille and Kumar Madom’s married son moved to Rhode Island and started a family, the retired physician and his wife began spending a lot of time in the Ocean State. Five years of frequent visits and four grandchildren later, the Florida-based retirees decided it was time to have a place to call their own. The solution to be separate but oh-so-close? Build a tiny home on their son’s property in South Kingstown.

This wasn’t an all-hands-on-deck family build – the Madoms turned to DiStefano Brothers Construction in nearby Wakefield. “This was our first and we have more on the way. Building on family land can allow better care for loved ones as well as offer a secondary means of income,” begins Peter DiStefano, president of DBC. “Accessory dwelling units (ADU) are a growing market due to the advantages they offer homeowners with the extra land, and as you see, designed correctly, can fit right into the neighborhood. We’re excited to be leading the way!”

The 650-square-foot Craftsman cottage built by DBC checks all the boxes for the Madoms and despite its small size, doesn’t feel cramped thanks to all-white walls, plenty of windows, recessed lighting, and furnishings that are at once casual but refined with hints of modern transitional style – and often work double-duty. Plentiful built-in storage helps keep clutter at bay. Throughout, a muted palette of grays, as seen in tiled bathrooms, takes its cue from the coastline. “This home is packed full of details and clever ideas of storage, with a full area for laundry, floating bedside tables, high ceilings, and lots of natural light, never making you feel closed in!” says Lucille.

Of course to the Madoms, the best feature is the location – being a stone’s throw from their four grandkids. “Next is the back porch and all the natural light that comes into the house. And the front door color, and being so close to shops and the water,” says Lucille. “We are excited about venturing out to all of the local restaurants, shops, and culture.”


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