ADUs, or Accessory Dwelling Units, have always been an excellent way to add a smaller home (400sq.ft. – 1,200sq.ft.) to a single-family zoned parcel, whether for a family member, to use as a long-term or vacation rental (restrictions apply) or to downsize and move into yourself in order to rent out the main house. In the recent few years, however, their popularity has particularly been on the rise due to unprecedented housing crisis fueled by wildfires, high housing prices in general as well as loosening of prerequisites by local permit authorities. ADUs have been known by many names: granny flats, in-law units, backyard cottages, secondary units and more. No matter what you call them, ADUs are an innovative, affordable and effective option for adding much-needed housing in California.
What is an ADU?
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ADU Adds Value
A recent study concluded that ADUs generally contributed about 25% to 34% of each property’s assessed value. Furthermore, adding an ADU demonstrated an average of 51% increase in resale value.
Save Money Based On Size
Depending on how large or small of an ADU you’re allowed to have within your property’s building envelope (determined by setbacks, distance from the main residence, distance from septic system and other physical constraints, etc.) and what your preferred ADU size is – local jurisdictions offer various levels of concessions with their impact and hookup demand fees, which in turn saves you extra money in the scope of the overall project. Please check with your local jurisdiction for details.
Featured (And Most Popular) ADU Designs
4591 Sonoma Hwy
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
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