The abbreviation ADU stands for an accessory dwelling unit. This means a living space separated from the main house, where at least one more person can eat, sleep, wash, and do what an average dwelling presumes. A distinctive feature is that the ADU is either converted from an existing structure or is a new construction built from scratch, all on the same property plot as the main house.
The incentives behind building an accessory dwelling unit might be different. It could function as a granny flat, allowing you to care for an elderly person without having to travel far. Or, aside from granny flats, people in a small, single-family home may just get tired of the limited space they are forced to jostle in.
A+ Construction & Remodeling offers solutions for expansion and making effective use of your space. Our specialists are well aware of the accessory dwelling unit rules and regulations. We will not only bring your ADU project to life but also select quality materials and obtain all necessary permits.
The benefits potentially derived from accessory dwelling units are not restricted solely to the expansion of your living space maximum size or storage space. A dwelling unit attached to the main house may bring forth several other virtues for the owner:
Permitting someone to live on your property for payment can turn into a stable source of extra income, supplementing your salary. An additional $1,000-1,500 per month will pleasantly sag your pocket. Rent costs harshly depend on the location of the land piece. Moreover, to make people interested, the owners may want to make sure that the ADU has all the amenities.
If your plans include selling your house and moving to another city, then an ADU can contribute to multiple increases in its value. This investment pays off 100%. Therefore, it may be worth a little delay so that later you can reap the benefits of a successful investment for a long time.
Accessory dwelling units are a great help for owners of single-family homes who need extra space from time to time. ADU may become a temporary refuge for a newlywed family that has not yet acquired a separate house. They can accommodate relatives in need of care or, vice versa, caretakers. Also, ADUs allow you to house out-of-state guests for a few days, avoiding the need to queue for the master bathroom.
An ADU can be a temporary solution if you don't want to leave your town community but can't afford a whole house in that area.
When thinking of an ADU, your first concern is the law restrictions. Specialists from A+ know the ins and outs of the whole process; they differ on what is permitted and what requires extra approval from the local authorities.
Here are the types of ADUs allowed without extra compliance:
This is a dwelling unit that is not connected by a wall and does not come into contact with the main building. To create such an extension, the desired design can be achieved by remodeling an existing ADU, converting another freestanding structure into an ADU, adding a floor or extra space, or building a new structure in the open space for the purposes of the ADU.
A junior accessory dwelling unit is a compact ADU with square footage that doesn't exceed 500 s.f. According to the accessory dwelling unit rules, it must be converted from the existing space only. Unpermitted units are subject to punishment.
This type of accessory dwelling unit is connected by at least one wall to the existing primary space. Such an extension is formed by adding extra acreage to a residential building or to a garage directly adjacent to the house. It is possible to convert both existing residential areas and non-residential areas into ADUs.
Accessory dwelling units of this type are a variation of existing units' transformation. You can transfer your garage or its non-usable part to a residential, livable space with minimal conveniences. Or use this space as a workshop for your hobbies, a storage space, a mini gym, etc.
In order to select good specialists, it is necessary to comply with some rules in terms of choosing criteria:
After all, the detached opinion of people who have already used the services of the company, clothed in the form of a review, can be much closer to the truth than any other source of information.
An applicant has to make sure his town is serviced by the ADU providers. Enter your zip code in the field for verification and press the button.
The presence of documents proves that the specialist has the necessary competencies and qualifications to provide certain types of work.
Why would you need a team of experienced professionals to build an ADU in your city? There are several answers to this question:
Of course, if it's your parcel with a title, you can convert your garages or terrace as you wish. But are you sure that this area belongs to the area with residential purposes? Our professionals have been working in this area for a long time, so they have gained experience both in the building's implementation and in its support. They are aware of how to act in compliance with established rules, when additional approval from the authorities is needed, and which works are generally permitted and which are prohibited.
Fire safety, plumbing, and electricity installation – all these are areas where you need to be careful not to break the rules.
If you have a full-time job, doing repairs yourself is time-consuming and expensive. If you are not a professional and do not know what materials are better and, where to purchase them at reasonable prices or what tools to use, where to get them, you can not only get stuck in repair work indefinitely but also lose money. First of all, because of the need to redo low-quality work.
If you are interested in ADU but not sure about costs, this offer from A+ Construction and Remodeling is right for you. Working on Truckee street, experts can come to your house at any convenient time to assess the upcoming work and inform you about the cost of materials, fees, and more.
The price can range from $270,000 to about $400,000, depending on the area of work on the property site, the quality of materials, and the level of equipment of the ADU. It may also depend on the type of ADU (detached, attached, etc.). However, remember that the expenses will soon be offset by the rental costs.
The rules and restrictions bound the number of possible ADUs on one plot. For a single-family house, it is one or two. For a shared house, it depends on the number of ADUs and the property already existing.
The minimum lot size is not restricted for one-family houses as well as for houses shared by several families (duplexes, condos, etc.).
The site where you plan to install the ADU must be designated for residential use. In addition, one house should already be present on the territory of your property or not be present but be in plans for subsequent construction.