The term ADU is gaining significant traction among contractors and homeowners, driven by the increasing ease of construction in states like California and Vermont. But what exactly is an ADU, and why is it capturing the interest of so many? Let's take a closer look!
What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)?
An ADU, or Accessory Dwelling Unit, is a secondary housing structure on an existing residential property. Commonly known as guest houses, granny flats, she-sheds, backyard studios, and more, ADUs vary in size, structure, and utility. They serve multiple purposes, including housing friends, relatives, or functioning as rental units.
Types of ADUs
A standalone structure, often referred to as a guest house or granny flat. It provides a separate and secluded living space from the main residence.
Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU):
Built within the existing residential home, a JADU involves converting a room or space into a private residence with its own separate entry and basic living requirements.
Garage or Above Garage Conversions:
ADUs created by adding living space above a home's garage or converting the garage itself into living quarters. This space can serve as an office, gym, or rental unit.
Bump Out or Addition ADU:
Involves extending a part of the home's foundation and roofline, providing additional living space without a full room addition commitment.
Benefits of Building an ADU
Increase Monthly Income:
Building an ADU can be a lucrative investment, serving as a rental unit to generate additional income. This not only supplements the homeowner's income but also addresses the need for safe and affordable housing.
Expand Living Space:
With the rise of remote work, having a dedicated space for an office or a studio to unwind after a busy day becomes invaluable. ADUs provide additional living space that caters to changing lifestyle needs.
Enhance Property Value:
An ADU adds square footage to the property, increasing its overall value. In a competitive housing market, having an ADU sets a property apart, offering both functionality and potential return on investment.
Accommodate Friends and Family:
As the cost of living rises, multi-family living arrangements are becoming more common. ADUs offer the flexibility to welcome friends or relatives while maintaining a comfortable distance.
Considering Building an ADU? DEEPBLUE SMARTHOUSE Can Help!
Deepblue simplifies ADU framing with pre-assembled steel frame kits. Shipped in ready-to-stand panels, these ICC-certified frames are backed by a 25-year warranty, ensuring quality and durability. DEEPBLUE SMARTHOUSE, with its mature expertise, can construct these houses seamlessly. If you're intrigued by the possibilities of ADUs, consider exploring the options with us!