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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) in Sacramento

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) in Sacramento
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COST EFFECTIVE ADU

We offer options that are designed to keep the costs down while maximizing your space and accounting for your needs.

PRE-APPROVED ADU

Offering multiple architectural plans for detached ADUs that have already gone through the building permit review.

CUSTOM
ADU

Get a fully-custom design to give you a fully unique space that matches your style, budget and vision for your new space.

GRANT FOR ADU

Apply for a CalHFA ADU grant to reimburse pre-development and closing costs associated with the construction of an ADU.

See what return on investment you can get with your ADU!

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Why Choose
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Costs

We provide clear estimates that tell you exactly where your money is going.

Timeframe & Schedule

We provide an easy-to-follow schedule so you can see where your project is at and what is next, in real time.

License & Warranty

We are licensed, bonded and provide warranty on labor and materials because we believe it’s important for you to have a peace of mind.

Communication

We have a streamlined communication system that includes your own personal chat with your entire team ready to answer your questions at any time.

Trusted Contractor

We are honored to be listed as a trusted contractor for ADUs by Placer County!

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  • I decided to build my parents an addition so they live right next to us. I had to find a reliable contractor. If you are looking for a company that strives to provide excellent quality and workmanship then this is as good as it gets. They work hard to keep the customer happy. My folks cannot be more pleased with their new home. And I couldn’t be more pleased with the communication and the amount of attention to detail. I give them my highest recommendation.
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    EMILY J.
  • We came to A+ Construction looking to have an addition built for our daughter. They prepared a beautiful rendering of the new place and we immediately got over-the-top excited about this project. The execution didn’t disappoint. We got some discounts on the materials as well. The crew worked really hard! In the end, we are all very happy with the new addition in our backyard and will recommend A+ to our friends and family.
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  • They truly understand the importance of creating the perfect home for you and your family! Paid a great deal of attention to detail. I appreciate the experience of working with A+ and will not hesitate to use them for future projects!
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  • This is second project we have had with A+ Construction and Remodeling do for us and can't be happier! They provided the highest quality workmanship, took good care of our backyard and cleaned up afterwards! We would recommend them to anyone, you just can't go wrong, and their pricing was fair!
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Our Process

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Consultation

Schedule a Virtual or an In-House Consultation with our Remodeling Consultants to discuss the scope of your project. Answer a few questions about your construction goals so we can start working on an estimate.

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Estimate

Come in for an appointment to our Designer Showroom. We will go over our detailed estimate, make any adjustments, review the designs, talk about our process and take a look at the materials.

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Contract

We sign a contract and get the ball rolling. You will meet with our Designer to finalize the designs. In the meantime, our experienced team will take care of the permit process and all the legal paperwork.

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Construction

We incorporate digital technologies into our construction processes to be more efficient. You will receive regular updates from our production team in a personal chat, and will be able to ask any questions at any time.

DESIGN

Work with our designer in creating a home of your dreams.

RENDERINGS

Our team will prepare 3D renderings and bring your project to life.

UP TO CODE

We will make sure your home is up to code and compliant to all building laws.

PLANS

Our engineers will prepare permit-ready plans for your project.

MATERIALS

Let our designer help with selection of materials specifically for your design.

PERMITS

Our experts will have all the permits needed to get your project started.
faq
How long would it take to build an ADU?

Usually, the entire process of designing, permitting, and building a custom ADU will take 4-6 months of preparation and 6-9 months for construction.

Some counties have pre-approved ADU standard plans (PRADU), so with pre-approved plans the permitting time is cut down to just 2 months.

How much does it cost to build an ADU?

The cost depends on many factors such as your house/site conditions, type, style and size of the addition, which finishing materials you decide to use, etc. Our main goal is not only to deliver the best construction product but to keep the entire process clear and understandable for you from start to finish. After the initial meeting, we will provide you with a preliminary estimate and will work with you to connect it to your budget. As a design-build company, we will take care of all the steps — from design and blueprints to construction, inspections, and everything in between. A dedicated project manager will be with you during the entire project to help you and answer all your questions!

What are the payment terms?

We create an individual payment schedule for each client. You can pay by cash, credit card, bank transfer, or check. You have the option to pay online, by mail or in-person. We can also work with any financing institution of your choice, if you're financing your project.

Is an attached addition more expensive than a detached one?

That would depend on the condition or the existing structure we are adding on to. Sometimes there are things that need to be addressed with your existing structure in order to be able to add on to it, in which case building a detached structure would be less in cost.

How big can an ADU be?

Depending on the county you live in but anywhere from 800SF to 1200 of livable space. Other spaces such as a garage or sunroom can be added in addition to those square footages.

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    In the past few years, ADUs have become widely popular across the country and more so in California due to the rising housing crisis that the state is facing. The state has made it easier, than ever before, to build an ADU on your property with the reduced zoning laws and many residents are taking advantage of that for themselves and their loved ones.

    Read below as we break down the basic information that we felt would be important for you to know if you're considering building an ADU on your property.

    Reasons to Build an ADU

    There are many reasons to build an ADU on your property and the answer will likely be unique to you and your family based on your situation. Below are some of the most common reasons why people choose to build an ADU.

    GUESTHOUSE

    If you love hosting guests at your house but don't want guests to disrupt your lifestyle, having a small ADU on the property for your guests to stay in might be the best solution. Whether you have someone stay a week or a few months, you can continue living the same lifestyle while having guests right next door.

    ADDITIONAL INCOME

    Having an ADU on your property will allow you to rent it out to long-term tenants or short-term tenants for an additional income that would not only pay for the ADU in very little time but also help alleviate mortgage expenses of your main house. An ADU can easily become passive income with minimal effort. There are many options to have more privacy added to your property if this is the reason you're looking to build an ADU.

    LIVING QUARTERS

    Whether you want to have your elderly parents live next to you so you can take care of them or having your teenage kids live next to while having a space of their own, having an ADU can you give you just that and more. With housing costs, we are seeing more family members choosing to live under the same roof. Having an ADU on your property can make those living arrangements a lot more comfortable for you and your family members.

    ADDITIONAL SPACE

    If you work remotely, have a hobby or a business or simply want a man-cave on your property, an ADU is a great solution that will allow you to have that space you need to focus and get things done without distractions. This multi-purpose space can easily be customizable to give you the space that functions for your needs.

    Get Your ADU Designed Free!

    Architectural Plans
    A layout that is functional and tailored to fit your unique needs.
    3D View by Designer
    Our designer will help you visualize your space with a 3D rendering.
    Detailed Proposal
    A detailed proposal showing the exact scope of work to be done.
    Designer Showroom
    Our showroom features every style, color, and material you need.
    Regulation Concerning ADU Building in Sacramento Area
    Quantity of ADUs Per Lot and the ADU Size

    The Sacramento State Law permits the city residents to have two ADUs within one primary dwelling lot. The total lot coverage of the ADUs (or a single-unit dwelling) must not be more than 1 200 square feet. But the residents of the City of Sacramento must also pay attention to the primary lot itself. According to the City of Sacramento's manual (ordinance), the lot size must be at least 5.200 square feet. Any lot sized over 10 000 square feet can feature a 600-square-feet ADU. On the smaller-sized lots, the building of an ADU is prohibited. All ADUs must equally follow height requirements and do not exceed 14 feet in their height.

    Design of an Accessory Dwelling Unit

    All designers in this field recommend making an accessory dwelling unit architecturally compatible with the primary residence unit and the surrounding neighborhood. The colors, materials, and other features of your new ADU must be compatible with those of your primary dwelling unit and meet the local law requirements. Otherwise, the construction of an ADU will be prohibited. Every part of an ADU unit's balcony or open-stair landing facing the rear lot's line (or the side lot line nearest to the accessory dwelling unit ADU) must be placed at least three feet above the ground level. Using appropriate designs such as “no step” entrances is preferable where topography and site constraints allow. It's also crucial to meet zoning designation and setback requirements to building accessory dwelling units. The ADUs front yard and street side yard setbacks must comply with the property’s zoning requirements.

    Fire Safety

    You don't need to meet fire sprinkler requirements in the following cases:

    — As to detached ADUs: the main unit has a sprinkler; your ADU size is no bigger than 1.200square feet.
    — Regarding the attached ADUs: the main unit has no sprinkler. The ADU size is no more than half the primary unit's size; the total size of the structure (with the ADU included) is no more than 3.6 square feet.

    Sacramento Setback Requirements

    It is essential to build ADUs at a certain distance to the primary dwelling unit, depending on the zone in which your property is located. Conversions (i.e., a garage on the property line) do not need to meet setback requirements. But an additional multi-story property must fit the requirements.

    An ADU with one story doesn't need to meet side yard and rear yard setback requirements. It must be at least 60-feet from the front property line or comply with two-story ADU setbacks. A two-story additional building must be a 4-foot side yard and rear yard setback. The ADUs front yard and street side yard setbacks must comply with the property’s zone requirements.

    Parking Requirements

    No parking zones are required for an ADU in Sacramento.

    ADU Construction in Sacramento

    All in all, the benefits homeowners can get by buying themselves a mother-in-law house are many. All decisions to have one built made, but how and, moreover, who to ask for professional ADU construction services? Read on to find out about the best approach to picking a professional to build an ADU with all things considered.

    The choice of the Right ADU Design/Build Specialist

    Be ready for quite a splurge if your major is a decent ADU design and construction. While some manufacturers have put up some incredibly high price tags, others still manage to keep the prices at their lowest and provide quality services at reasonable costs. On the one hand, the planning and construction themselves are already tough tasks to fulfill, the other side— the legal one— is a huge space to cover up, and the assistance of some shrewd and hence, well-paid attorney specialist would be most required. The statistic shows that it is the deficiency of knowledge regarding the actual laws and regulations is the formative factor in the most delays and other issues arising during the ADU construction process.

    The experience of our team doesn’t need bragging about to be noticed: we’ve been around for nearly a quarter of a century, so we have acquired sufficient knowledge and built up a certain amount of skill that we perpetually develop through continuous training and courses for employees. Besides general home and kitchen renovations and constructions, we specialize in designing and building ADUs. In other words, the entire process, from design outlines, assembly, up to finishing off, is to be performed under our thorough supervision through the assistance of our certified professionals.

    Choosing a pro is first off, but there’s more to the ADU building process if you want to make it right, with proper respect to laws and touch if individuality in both interior and exterior design. Let us consider the requirements set for ADU builders and future owners.
    Style, shapes, and textures
    The first thing to consider is fitting the environment. Namely, your newly-built structure should not stand out among the rest buildings in close vicinity.
    • The design and color schemes matter a lot, too. Some homeowners try to make their tiny houses look exactly like those of their neighbors. What also matters is the common design of entrances that should be conformed to by all neighbors.
    • Another important thing is the heights of the building, which, too, should not stand out among other houses in the neighborhood. The maximum height is 14 feet, grade-to-plate. The main dwelling unit, understandably, should be taller.
    • As to selling the ADU, you cannot do it without selling the primary dwelling. However, ADUs are more than often rented out^ as one of the benefits for owners.
    • That you can wish to live in or rent out an ADU, it should be connected to the major utilities, including sewers, water (in RD zones), and electricity.
    • Based on location, the fees to be paid for building an ADU differ. You can find more on the subject by addressing https://www.cityofsacramento.org/Community-Development/Building/Fee-Estimates
    • Some historically important sites can be used for the construction of an ADU; however, their regulations for such zones are peculiar. Site plan design and thorough review of design is mandatory under chapter 17.808.
    • As to the entry requirements, there can be no passages between the main unit and an ADU.
    • If your single unit comprises an ADU, you can perform conversion of the existing building. Mind that the ADUs situated in historic areas may be subject to different requirements. An ADU should have a separate entrance and be built in line with fire safety demands.

      • The stats show that, on average, an ADU brings to their owners-renters around $19 000 annually.
      As to the contractor company, the choice of one should be weighted and based on certain factors. Read on to find out what qualities should a proper general contractor have to ensure lawful and successful ADU construction.
    What qualities should Sacramento ADU contractors have?

    The rising popularity of ADUs in Sacramento has set new objectives for construction and remodeling companies. The situation is fueled up by the world’s pandemic, which brings in new struggles and raises up new quality and safety standards. While the rental costs are hovering, the benefits from renting out an ADU is a good long-term investment. But keep in mind that a lot depends on the contractor.

    Expertise

    Opt for the contractors that have remained in the industry for a long time. This is usually the right choice, for the experience of the contractor company and its ability to stay afloat in hard times is a clear demonstration of the proper approach to business. If your contractor has been around in your area for a while, he knows which strings to pull in terms of effortless supply and high-quality materials.

    Actual knowledge of local regulations

    If you want your ADU to heed the law requirements, your contractor should take up this responsibility. They should be well aware of the actual versions of the local codes, permit regulations, and other legal issues to ensure a safe and secure project from the very start of works.

    Well-weighted plan

    While it is quite a challenge to design and construct the ADU, a decent contractor will have a solid, well-designed plan of the construction, with all other important factors considered, beforehand and be able to answer all your questions concerning the process.

    Clear communication

    The openness of the contractor is another factor in the basis of the decent construction process. It helps establish the right mood and connection between the property owner and construction specialists. Set all hesitation aside and be free to make inquiries.

    Happy client review

    And, maybe, word of mouth, which is still on point concerning the truthful descriptions of services, is to be considered. Your neighbors may have used the services of a certain contractor, so they can recommend a perfect one. Besides, there are testimonials on official websites of the best contractors in the sphere.

    Prefab ADU Cost

    If you are wondering whether to build a new additional dwelling unit or to purchase a prefab one, the main distinction worth noticing between the two options is the price. Understandably, the process of designing, outlining, and building of an ADU is more time—and money—consuming than, say, opting for the prefabricated type. The prices for the brand new ones register at nearly $150000.

    Contrary to these, the price tags for the prefab dwelling units are way lower, starting at around $30000. However, the construction & utility connections aren’t covered by the amount. Another important thing is the acquisition of the permits. What also matters is the legal side of the process, which should be immaculately taken care of.

    What other factors impact the cost of an ADU?

    The first article of expenses is, of course, getting in touch with a knowledgeable contractor. The fee for such services usually amounts to about 10% of the total budget. All consultations, including those concerning utility connections, planning, permitting, and regulations, will require a paid specialist’s involvement.

    Turnkey ADU Benefits
    Besides the monetary benefits, prefab ADUs have a lot more to offer:
    • Your primary dwelling unit remains intact and undisturbed because all the construction takes place away from your household. This ensures the usual order of things at your home. However, some preparations and offline meetings with your contractor will be required before the start of the operation.
    • While some people overlook the quality and sustainability of prefab constructions, the proper contractors apply only the best materials and tools.
    • Conventional construction procedures can be time-consuming and producing a lot of discomfort to the homeowners, with all that waste and noise during the entire process. This is never the case with the prefab ADUs.
    • Ass the prefab units are fully built off-site, that keeps the peace of your household intact, and the environment is taken care of, too. You can opt for the customized ADU design options to embrace sustainability and increase individuality.
    • The functionality of an ADU can be no less developed than that of your primary house unit.
    Other ADU benefits
    Among others, let us consider some more factors making the ADU building an intelligent and economical step.
    • First off, the occupancy of your household increases
    • Second of all, you can rent an ADU out for a good price to enlarge your annual income
    • Third of all, this is a budget-friendly option, compared to the building of a primary dwelling unit
    • Some ADUs can be manufactured with the 3D printing technology involved, which, together with the notch-carving materials and some in-built kitchen equipment used, makes an ADU a seducing option.
    • All things are considered beforehand in the course of a detailed discussion between the contractor and the customer. All the documents required go in, too.
    • The accessory dwelling unit adds value to your household, let alone the monthly income possible through renting out the unit.
    ADU Kitchen ideas
    When you rent out an ADU or let your relatives/friends stay for a couple of nights, it is more convenient than not if the ADU has some kitchen-like features.
    • Therefore, the design of a dining area should be well-thought-out. The best approach is making the kitchen space that can be used for activities other than just eating.
    • Applying a tiny kitchenette or small cabinetry will not make matters worse anyways. The ergonomy is key to a comfortable ADU: built-in appliances and smart storage areas are the way to go.
    • Another important aspect is illumination. The light ought to be close to the natural to provide the best opportunities for working and living, and eating in the ADU. The kitchen area must have a sufficient number of electrical outlets.
    • Little things like teapots and coffee makers are a good addition to any kitchen.
    Find reliable professionals

    Most importantly, the work on designing and building your ADU— prefab or not— should be entrusted to the right contractor company having the professional and certified workers in their employ. This will ensure the entire process, from outlining the plan up to giving the final touch to the construction at the end, goes well and meets all the federal and local requirements.

    If your aim is to have an extra area within your household where you can chill out, work, welcome guests, or renting it out, deciding on the building of an ADU is the right choice. Our company ensures that all the work we take up is done in line with all demands, and we guarantee the utmost success of the operation.

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