Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) seem to be popping up everywhere these days. High land costs, permitting concessions and potential to generate some serious income have made them quite popular among homeowners and want-to-be-homeowners.

Are you considering adding an ADU on your residential property?

In our last two articles, we’ve talked about what are ADUs and why homeowners love them. Today, we would like to wrap up our discussion on ADUs by sharing some tips and pointers that may help you in their design and construction process.

Different cities, different rules

Okay, first things first, different cities have different rules for designing and constructing ADUs. Bakersfield has different ADU planning and zoning requirements. Columbia has its own. Same applies to San Gabriel. And so on. Before starting your ADU design and construction project, it’s essential that you check what the ADU construction rules are in your town or city. lists complete set of ADU regulations according to jurisdictions, so you may want to check it out.

Understand WHY you want to build an ADU

This is something we can’t stress enough. You must be very clear from the start why you want to build an ADU on your property. Do you plan to use it as a flexible living or office space? Are you investing in it so that you can rent it out for stable passive revenue? Will the unit be used to provide a home base for your ageing parents? Whatever the reason is, you should be clear about it, as it will dictate your budget requirements and design aspects of the project.

Keep your budget in mind

An ADU can be cheap or expensive. It depends on your budget and the purpose you expect the unit to serve. Even with an identified set of needs, you can tailor the design of your ADU to incorporate different features and amenities. The more budget you have, the more flexibility you’ll have in terms of design and integrations. Therefore, it’s very important to know how much you can afford to invest in your ADU practically. If you’re planning to apply for a loan to fund the construction, make sure you have loan funds before starting the design and construction process.

Hire a specialized architect

Even though this tip sounds a little self serving, but hiring a specialized architect in the ADU design process really helps. Consider us your best friends.  We know what makes sense and what doesn’t. We can get you the required permits and create a design in compliance with your local ADU building codes. We can provide you with research. In short, we can make the ADU design and construction process easy, convenient, hassle-free and affordable for you.

We hope these tips and pointers about designing and constructing an ADU were helpful and interesting.

If you’re looking for an ADU-specialized architect in San Gabriel, California, feel free to reach out to us at any time for an initial consultation.

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