The lack of affordable housing options across the US, coupled with drastically increased costs, leads to a problem becoming more visible. In response to this challenge, contractors across the country have put forward the idea of small but efficient housing units: ADUs.
Accessory dwelling units are small houses equipped with all the facilities inherent in residential premises. Being blocks installed on the same plot as the primary dwelling, they belong to the means of low-income housing as they don’t present difficulties with the acquisition of another piece of land and, taking into account a number of factors, can be significantly lower in price.
In the given article, we will explore what ADUs are, ADU types, their advantages, the basic rules of construction, and much more.
So, what forms can the ADU building take? Majorly, builders in UC Davis city offers the following types of additional living space arrangement:
Building an ADU is a full-scale construction undertaking that demands a certain level of expertise. How do you construct a long-lasting ADU from the right materials at a reasonable cost while experiencing minimum setbacks in construction technology?
Professional contractors for accessory dwelling units specifically focus on managing the construction process in the most effective way. When they apply housing innovation methods, they use only high-quality materials that will stand the test of time and weather conditions. Also, ADU specialists have knowledge in the fields of federal law, state law, and regulations at the local level; this makes it easier to obtain permits and prevents the need for costly rework in the case of unacceptable construction.
A+ Construction & Remodeling is a reputable company that operates in Yolo County and, among other things, specializes in creating accessory dwelling units. Therefore, if you are from the city of Davis and are just considering increasing your residential area for different purposes, please have a look at what the A+ team has to offer.
Building an ADU with A+ Construction & Remodeling means:
Accessory dwelling units are the subject of several regulations. Thus, the ADU ordinance adopted by the Davis City Council prescribes the maximum size of an ADU, which is 150 sq. ft, as well as its maximum size, which varies depending on the number of beds: 850 square feet for single-bed ADUs and 1000 square feet for two-bed ADUs. In addition, junior ADUs cannot exceed 500 sq. ft. and must be converted rather than built anew.
As to the maximum height of an ADU, in Davis, CA, it’s typically restricted to 16 feet, with a few exceptions.
The number of ADUs per family is also restricted. Single-family homes are entitled to have one ADU in full size and one junior ADU in case the homeowners currently live in the main residence. As opposed to a single-family residence, multi-family residence depends on the number of buildings already made, but typically it is allowed to have one ADU per four existing residential buildings.
Accessory dwelling units are a good choice for many reasons. ADUs are suitable for the purposes of accommodation, extra income, care for loved ones, creating a minimalistic personal space, economical living, and all this together.
Thus, the main benefits of building an ADU include the following:
If you decide to go to A+, we will carefully study your request, paying special attention to the following points:
At this stage, homeowners can express their creative imaginations to their full potential. You tell us about your idea of the ideal ADU. And based on your requests, A+ designers will select several options for you, which we will later visualize using design rendering programs.
Designing with interests and architects is the most important part of the preliminary stage. Therefore, our competent specialists plan the design so that in the future, you will not have unforeseen problems.
Why do Yolo house owners count on us? Because A+ Construction and Remodeling have close ties with the best of the local building material suppliers. We choose quality so that your ADU has both an appealing curbside and long-lasting solidity.
Dealing with the red tape of your city’s local governments and regional entities is not a piece of cake. That’s why we take on the hard work, leaving you only to make the major decisions and enjoy the results.
Before getting on the path of building an extra residential unit, Yolo County homeowners first go through a period of preparation, which includes the following stages:
Also, throughout the entire workflow, convenient communication will be established between the client and our team. After all, the more we discuss the project, the more often we compare what’s going on with the conception, and the more the final result will correspond to your wishes.
Autonomous units belong to the means of affordable housing because they are, in fact, affordable. Thus, for low-income households or homeowners who do not want to bother with tedious planning and design, there is an opportunity to acquire a prefabricated, modular ADU.
A prefab ADU is the same ADU but previously engineered and partially assembled at the factory. Ready-made ADUs are constructed according to standard drawings, and therefore, when ordering such an ADU, you will not have any costs for individual planning and the selection of design solutions.
All in all, versatile ADUs are a very useful community innovation that brings benefits to all parties. Being a source of work for us and income for homeowners, ADUs also partially solve the problem of housing affordability, not only for the owners but also for the tenants of this housing. UC Berkeley Center conducted governmental studies that indicate that further spreading of ADU is still needed to cover the affordable housing shortage, especially for those who’re low-income qualified. So, together with you, we help very low-income families find a decent and sufficient place to live.
So, if the short-term or long-term benefits of these buildings are what you are interested in, do not hesitate to contact А+ Construction & Remodeling!
Depending on the size, attractiveness of the design, and popularity of the area, the ADU price may vary significantly. That is why A+ offers a free estimate. However, if you calculate the average, taking into account the fact that an sq. ft. of an ADU may start at 100 dollars and go up to 400 dollars, a 1000-square-foot ADU may cost you $100–$400,000.
For the construction of residential premises both from scratch and when converting from a garage or other existing building, a construction permit is required. A+ specialists will help you trudge through sophisticated ordinance language and, as a result, consider all the features of the building inherent to your area to easily obtain all the necessary permits from your city government.
Taking into account the preparatory stage, which includes planning, obtaining permits, and a design project, the construction of a custom ADU can last about a year. At the same time, the size and complexity of the ADU are of great importance. So, junior ADU will typically take several months, while prefab ADU may take a couple of months.