Accessory Dewling Unit builder (ADU)
An accessory dwelling unit is an age old solution to the problem of adding space to a home – really if you go back to the idea of carriage houses you're looking at an ADU. Basically an ADU is a small property that is on the land of the main house, and may be attached to it. It can't be a separate property financially so the owner of the main house must be the owner of the ADU which means that it can't be sold off separately from the main property. There are a number of types, including building a small self contained cottage, complete with foundations, in your yard or property, a basement apartment with its own entrance, or creating a self contained dwelling on top of a garage. Combined with an on-site assessment of your property we can suggest a number of ways of adding an ADU to your home to expand it with a fully self contained unit. Are there permissions required for an ADU? Yes there most certainly are and an illegal ADU not only risks being pulled down but can interfere with refinancing for the home later down the line. Which is why we take care to consider zoning ordinances and property planning considerations when we propose building.
Accessory Dwelling Units for Family
For a lot of homes the purpose of an ADU is to house family or friends, and often to provide a manageable but smaller living space for older relatives who don't want to move off the property. Hence the more popular name of 'granny flat'. A well constructed ADU can give family members the independence they crave without the property having to be sold off and since we know that these ADUs are for very special people indeed we build very special ADUs.
Accessory Dwelling Units for Rental
Another popular reason for customers asking for ADUs is the financial flexibility that comes from having an ADU to rent. Being able to rent out a property without either having strangers in your home or losing access to your main home is a perfect solution for many. A rental ADU has to be entirely self sufficient and comply with zoning ordinances but we have to note that there may also be a tax hit and we will point you in the right direction to be sure that this doesn't wipe out any potential profit.
Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit
For the purposes of Californian lawmakers a Junior ADU is one that is less than 500 square foot, entirely contained within the property boundaries of the main property, and includes an efficiency kitchen.
Efficiency Dwelling Unit
The key thing about an efficiency dwelling unit is that it is intended for no more than two occupants and has to have a living space of 150 square foot; a figure that does not include bathroom, toilets, and storage. We'll be happy to help you better understand the types of ADU and which you should apply for and have us construct depending on your needs, your property, and the zone you live in.