All-Inclusive ADU Package
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We work with the Banks to get financing.
We deal with your City for permits and inspections.
We design the perfect ADU to meet your needs.
We handle every part of the construction process.
The All-Inclusive ADU Building Package will make your ADU project as easy-as-possible. We are a Design-Build firm with 33 years’ experience. This means our firm is both the Architect and the General Contractor for construction projects. We specialize in managing every part of the building process to increase efficiency and reduce stress.
We provide financing through our trusted financial partners to offer a complete ADU solution. You don’t have to deal with banks or your city. You don’t have to worry about hiring an Architect and a General Contractor. We do EVERYTHING from start to finish to build your ADU. Request your estimate today!
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)
There has never been a better time to build an ADU if you are a residential property owner in California. A major shift in laws and regulations supporting the development of Accessory Dwelling Units is creating a boom in construction. Rapid growth in ADU building project is sweeping across the state and especially in Los Angeles County.
Accessory Dwelling Units in California
California passed a number of important bills in 2016 that opened the door for homeowners interested in building an ADU on their property. In Los Angeles County these ADU friendly legislation efforts resulted in a major increase in ADU construction. In 2018, 20% of housing permits in LA County were for Accessory Dwelling Units.
The State wanted to do even more after seeing this type of potential from ADU initiatives because the state has a serious affordable housing crisis. This is a smart move by California because faster ADU development will increase investments from the private sector needed to help solve the housing shortage. Increasing the value of single family lots through ADU construction will also increase property tax revenue.
In October 2019 California took a major step forward by passing Assembly Bill 68 to cut red tape and speed up ADU construction permitting. According to the new California ADU laws, landlords and homeowners can now add two more units on any residential lot. A triplex with that includes an ADU and a Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) will now be legal on every residential lot in the State.
New Laws Support ADU Construction
Faster Permit Process
If you apply for a permit to build an ADU, your local government cannot spend more than 60 days deciding whether to issue a permit. This means the permit time for ADUs has been cut in half. Municipalities could take up to 120 days to review ADU applications before Assembly Bill 68.
Less Restrictions on Parking
In the past it was common for local governments to reject ADU permit applications based on the parking requirement they created. Assembly Bill 68 makes it possible to avoid this problem. Now property owners do not have to accommodate for a parking space if the ADU is built half a mile or less from public transportation.
Size and Space Approval is Easier
ADU size and space requirements have been adjusted by Assembly Bill 68. Building conditions are more favorable when considering square feet of the unit, the height of the unit and distance from the property line.
More ADU Options for Homeowners
Assembly Bill 68 makes it legal to build both a regular-sized ADU and a Junior ADU. A Junior ADU is a spare room, garage, attic that is attached to the single-family home. With the addition of an efficiency kitchen the Junior ADU can be rented by the property owner.
Types of Accessory Dwelling Units
Detached ADUs are commonly known as Mother-In-Law Suite, Guest Cottage or Granny Flat. This is a stand-alone structure detached from the main house on your property.
Attached ADUs are living units attached to the primary structure on the property. Attached ADUs are normally built on the side, rear or above primary structure.
JADU (Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit) is typically a Garrage Conversion, Interior Conversion or Attic Conversion. An existing space is customized to be occupied as an independent living unit.
Increased Property Value
Building an ADU will almost certainly increase the resale value of your property. A majority of potential homeowners are willing to pay more for homes with an ADU because there are so many benefits. Below are some of the benefits of having an Accessory Dwelling Unit on your property.
Caring for Family Members
An ADU can be a perfect housing option for an elderly family member. Many families prefer this over a nursing home. The Grandmother or Grandfather can maintain their independence while staying close to you. This is often an option they prefer as well. Safety along with significantly less cost are more reasons to consider an ADU for an elderly family member.
Private Guest House
An ADU is perfect if you have frequent house guests. Friends and family staying with you can be close while allowing for more space and privacy. Your private guest house will make visits more affordable and more convenient than staying in a hotel. You can offer more flexibility to your friends and family so they can arrive or leave without worrying about hotel reservations.
Long-Term leasing to a renter is a big reason many property owners chose to make the ADU investment. You will gain a valuable way to earn extra income that can contribute to your household budget. But there are lots of other options. Short-Term rentals are often in demand when someone needs temporary housing in your local area. Many business travelers prefer different accommodations other than hotels. You might be able to rent your space to vacation travelers on different rental websites. If you live in a major city or near a tourist destination this can be a great way to earn extra income.
Space for Adult Children
Boomerang kids come back to live at home after finishing college or during a transition stage of life. Having an ADU can help you decrease cost and increase safety for an adult child living at home. Other advantages include a greater sense of independence along with giving the family members more space. Most kids returning home after college will be much happier in your ADU rather than moving back into their childhood bedroom.
Home Office Space
A home office is even more important since COVID-19. Having the ability to work from home effectively is a big advantage if your office is closed. Or if your employer allows you to work at home a few days a week, an ADU can be ideal. ADUs are perfect for the business owner that needs a dedicated work space at home. Gain more privacy with less distractions so you can be more productive. Design the space to have everything needed for your ideal work from home environment.
Flexibility in Your Life
Having an ADU on your property gives you more flexibility. For example, if you experience a financial hardship or just want more cash you could rent your home and live in the ADU. Or you could need a home office on short notice depending on your job situation. Maybe an unexpected event creates a need to have family living close. Having a versatile space on your property could provide some valuable options and flexibility in the future.
Start Your ADU Project
Are you thinking about building an ADU on your property? Getting started can feel overwhelming. We can help you build the ADU that’s right for you and make the process as easy as possible. Our firm DAVID SMITH design-build will handle everything from concept to competition. We take care of permitting, design, planning, construction and financing. There has never been a better time than now to build your ADU.