Historically, after the events of World War II in the western regions of the United States, the problem of settlement density has worsened. Since then, services for setting up additional living space to existing square feet have been particularly popular in California.
If we omit the legal and technical details, the accessory dwelling unit is an additional building that is installed close to the main house. In different states of America, this procedure is regulated with its own features, but we will look at them in more detail in this article later. In addition, we will learn more about how the add-on of ADU is happening in terms of rights, what steps need to be taken to install accessory dwelling units, and why in general, you may need to expand the square feet of your property line in West Sacramento.
Any remodeling is a complex procedure that involves the work of several specialists at once: builders, engineers, designers, architects, etc. Over a long period of the existence of their organization, they have managed to gain a lot of experience in this business to share it with you.
To make it easier for you to find contractors, we have identified a list of key steps by adhering to which you will achieve success in building an ADU.
To avoid all these steps from the previous paragraph, you can immediately trust the company A+ Construction & Remodeling in West Sacramento. We have been operating in the remodeling and building market for many years, and during all this time, we have collected a bank of positive feedback from our customers. Our secret of excellence is a critical assessment of our work and taking into consideration customers’ comments. We know a lot about business and high-quality construction, and if you entrust us with the building of your accessory dwelling unit, you will definitely not regret it.
Regardless of the specific form of the name, the accessory dwelling unit is a smaller version of a full-fledged apartment with a separate bathroom, kitchen, and sleeping place, which is built on the same territory with an existing property line in order to expand the living space.
We will study ADU in a logical order, so It is better to start from the very beginning – motivation. Why might the average West Sacramento resident need remodeling? What are the main ADU’s benefits? And, finally, – why should I spend an already limited area of the side yard on some kind of superstructure? Let’s consider several possible reasons:
In the era of digitalization of many industries, a large number of people are integrated into a remote work format. It is very convenient in terms of being able to work right out of bed but think about something else – your own equipped space for business matters right in your backyard. An absolutely great investment! Firstly, this way, you will be able to protect yourself from all household problems and noises at home, and you will no longer need to worry about a baby in a diaper bursting into your camera during a working Zoom call or someone turning on a blender in the background. Secondly, according to statistics, people who physically share space for work and leisure have a higher level of productivity. ADU will allow your brain to have its own office and devote itself to work to the maximum!
There is an unofficial name for accessory dwelling units, which sounds like «Granny Flats». The reason for that is a tradition in which grandparents from the other city who come to stay usually live there. So it is, a detached ADUs could be a great option in order to please all family members and preserve the personal boundaries of everyone inside the building. In addition, there are cases when you need to move elderly parents to your home to take care of their health according to medical indications, and then the granny flat will become an opportunity to equip all the necessary devices right in one room to ensure the safety and comfort of your relative.
By analogy with grandparents, ADU can accommodate any guests who have visited your house. The fact that the ADU is equipped with a separate bathroom, a kitchen area, and a sleeping place will make anyone feel cozily at your house. Maybe then distant friends will come to visit you more often.
In the conditions where your ADU meets all the stated requirements (we will talk about them a little later), you as a homeowner have the right to rent this room out and get a rental income. Then you will get the opportunity of passive income, and some person will get comfortable housing next door to you. The rental of this construction will be especially popular if your plot is located in a picturesque place. For instance, this can be a great option of apartment for some single-family stay who wants to visit Sacramento on vacation.
The sphere of remodeling and creation of ADU is very popular among many business companies because it has great demand in the city among customers (three-generation or single-family) and brings big profits. A large market borns fraud cases, so always check compliance with all work requirements for single unit dwelling: on your part from the roof color to the square foot of the bathroom, as well as compliance with all official requirements. You can learn more about them in the next section of this article.
As for territorial features, the state of California is statistically famous for its difficulties in repairing or rebuilding houses. In addition to the material issue and the choice of the type of ADU, you may face the question of compliance of the conceived plans with the necessary requirements for building accessory dwelling units from the authorities of Sacramento. In this section, we will dive into a detailed study of them. You can get more specific and personalized information about each of these items and others by visiting the Symbium Build website.
This parameter is calculated based on the size of your construction area and the type of ADU that you will build: attached or detached. More detailed: for detached ADUs no bigger than 1,200 square feet, for attached ADUs, the total size of the structure (with the ADU included) is no more than 3,6 square feet.
Your ADU must be at least one floor with a height of 16 feet or more. There are no maximum height requirements.
This item is about bringing the ADU in a smaller distance to your front property line. Here it is necessary to consider the aspect from two angles. For detached and attached ADU format, a certain distance of no less than 4 feet from your property’s side yard is required, but the location of conversion and junior ADUs directly depends on the possibility of high-quality placement of fire safety devices, such as fire alarms.
It depends again on the type of ADU, but also on how much area of your side yard accessory dwelling units already has.
The first step is to check whether your side yard is suitable for special exemption from the parking requirements. If you don’t get into it, then for attached and detached ADUs, there is only 1 parking space required. For the other two types, similar requirements are not provided at all.
At the stage when you realize that your plan to create an accessory dwelling unit meets all the fixed official setback requirements, you need to think about several more aspects that will be important from the time and financial management point of view.
For those who are faced with ADU construction for the first time, it is worth saying that the process of building accessory dwelling units can occur in two ways: in advance according to a given template at the factory, then to transport and fix it on your side yard, or we simply bring all the necessary materials and start the ADU construction procedure right on the spot. Also, it may be that special items will need to be ordered from another country, and it will take several additional weeks.
In addition, you as a property owner need to keep in mind the complexity of the design of your ADU, starting from the development process and discussion, ending with the implementation. All these steps should be taken into account when planning the time that you will be willing to spend on the whole procedure in order to set competent deadlines.
Naturally, with the increase in square meters, the amount of taxes paid for living space will increase too. The added value of the accessory dwelling unit plays a role here. Otherwise, simple arithmetic: we take the cost of your ADU, multiply it by your property tax rate, and get the same increase in tax payment that will come to you with the advent of the accessory housing unit.
As in any other monetary aspect concerning ADU, we cannot talk about specific figures here because the cost depends on a huge number of individual factors. Nevertheless, we have the opportunity to rely on averaged data. Statistics, in this case, tell us that your property value will increase by 100 times the ADU’s price for one month’s rent.
Depending on the characteristics and methods of building units, it is customary to divide them into three groups:
It will be difficult to name a specific number because it directly depends on many factors. For example, the area of the planned ADU project, the type (different prices for attached ADUs, detached ADUs, garage conversions, and junior ADUs), ADU design and decoration of the premises, the cost of materials, and the price for the work of a specific construction team. By the way, our company A+ Construction & Remodeling in West Sacramento, offers our clients some of the lowest prices in this niche of the services market, despite the fact that our team employs exceptionally highly qualified specialists who will cope with any task.
Of course, yes, our services are available to any client, and we will try to realize any, even the most incredible, ideas of our clients. However, regarding this issue, it is worth remembering several important aspects concerning the building permits established for the specific region – West Sacramento. These requirements and their cost can be found in more detail in our article above.
There are not so many requirements for the ADU in this particular region, but it is extremely important to comply with them as state law. These include the maximum size, which should be within 3,6 square feet; rear yard setback requirements (the distance of the new ADU from the rear property line); fire safety and the number of parking spaces that homeowners have near their front property line and others. There are no special requirements regarding minimum lot size and maximum height in West Sacramento.