Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)
ADUs, also known as granny flats or in-law suites, are a great option for adding living space to your property. An ADU is essentially a secondary dwelling that shares the building site with the main house. It has its own kitchen, bathroom, living area, and separate entrance. With the right design, an ADU can be a wise investment in your property’s future. See if your property can benefit from an ADU.
ADUs offer many benefits…
- Extra rental income – The ADU can be rented out, providing ongoing rental income from your property. A major help with mortgage payments.
- Housing for family – An ADU provides living space for elderly parents, adult children, or other family that want some independence but still be close.
- Home office space – The ADU can be used as a quiet, separate office space for running a business away from the main house.
- Flexible space – An ADU can be used as a guest house, workout room, studio, or really any use that benefits from having its own entrance and facilities.
- Increased property value – Adding an ADU typically increases the resale value of a property above the cost of construction.
ADUs do have to meet zoning and building code requirements. These include setbacks from the property line, maximum unit sizes, utility hook-ups, and more. Be sure to check with your local planning department as ADUs are now encouraged by state law. Many jurisdictions now expedite permitting and even provide pre-approved plans.