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January 27, 2021 41 min

Today on Creating Your Happy Place, we are chatting with special guest Val Sporleder! Val is an expert in accessory dwelling units- think backyard cottages, in-law suites, or even a detached home office! If you're thinking about changing the footprint of your home, big or small, listen to this episode.

Val Sporleder is owner and designer at 1AD Studio LLC in Seattle. While growing up she moved a lot so her interest in her living space started early.  She received Bachelors' degree in Design & Sociology and has used both to navigate the intertwined worlds of living spaces and the people who use them.  She is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and ADU Specialist.   These all help her create 'forever homes' and in-law units, including backyard cottages that are ready for a lifetime of use. She is passionate about small spaces, urban in-fill projects and creating space that will be loved for a lifetime. In her spare time she can be found volunteering with Architects Without Borders, playing soccer (pre-Covid), running, gardening, and running her small urban farm. She loves to travel and learn about spaces people around the world people live in and call home.

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Rebecca is CEO of her Seattle-based residential interior design company Seriously Happy Homes, author of the book Happy Starts at Home, and host of this podcast! She's a business consultant to her fellow residential interior designers through Seriously Happy Coaching & Consulting and a small business mentor with SCORE Seattle. She can't resist a costume party or a cat video, and has a weakness for Oreos, Taco Bell, and Scotch whiskey. 😁 Follow her on Instagram at

Welcome to Creating Your Happy Place! A podcast that explores how our spaces support (or sabotage) our happiness and make it easier (or harder) to reach our goals, then empowers you to do whatever it takes to get happy at home. 😊🏡

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