I’m in the process of adding a guest house in my backyard. Even though I just want to do a simple design, the quotes I was getting for my building plans where ranging from $7k to $11k, which didn’t seem very affordable. Since it was way out of our budget, we decided to buy plans online from ADU Building Plans. Very professional. They handled the small changes we wanted to make very well. We’re really happy with the plans we purchased!
An accessory dwelling unit, usually just called an ADU, is a secondary housing unit on a single-family residential lot.
- ADUs are accessory and adjacent to a primary housing unit.
- ADUs are significantly smaller than the average US house.
- ADUs tend to be one of two units owned by one owner on a single-family residential lot.
- ADUs tend to be primarily developed by homeowner developers.
- A large range of municipal land use and zoning regulations differentiate ADU types and styles, and dramatically affect their allowed uses
- Vast numbers of informal ADUs exist compared to permitted ADUs.
What are the benefits of ADUs?
- ADUs are an affordable type of home to construct in California because they do not require paying for land, major new infrastructure or structured parking.
- ADUs can provide a source of income for homeowners.
- ADUs allow extended families to be near one another while maintaining privacy.
- ADUs can provide as much living space as many newly-built apartments and condominiums, and they’re suited well for couples, small families, friends, young people, and seniors.
- ADUs give homeowners the flexibility to share independent living areas with family members and others, allowing seniors to age in place as they require more care.