What is accessory dwelling units (ADU)
An accessory dwelling unit is a really simple and old idea: having a second small dwelling right on the same grounds (or attached to) your regular single-family house, such as:
- an apartment over the garage
- a tiny house (on a foundation) in the backyard
- a basement apartment
The accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, is a popular and affordable housing choice that adds livable space to your property. It’s becoming an increasingly common option as cities across the nation become more expensive, populated, and urbanized. They allow for increased room, without the price-tag of purchasing a brand new home. ADUs come in a plethora of options, allowing you to tailor them to your specific needs. ADUs can potentially create you an extra source of rental income, increase property value, or serve as a guesthouse.
These are existing portions of homes that are transitioned to accommodate an extra person or two. Common internal ADUs have converted garages, basements, or even attics. These ADU conversions are the least costly as they require the least amount of construction. The price starts to increase when you want to add an extra bathroom or closet, however, useful additions can make an ADU more attractive to potential rentals.
Attached ADUs are typically newly constructed rooms attached to the primary home. Attached ADUs, also known as addition ADUs or ‘bump-out ADUs’, People add a room (and usually a bathroom) so an extra individual could live inside the house. Attached ADUs sometimes have their own entrance, so people living there have an extra sense of privacy and increased ease of access.
Lastly, the detached ADU is a private and extremely functional stand-alone structure. If you have yard space, they can be utilized for various reasons. Because of their flexibility, the detached additions are the most sought-after type of ADU. This is especially true if you are considering extra rental income. Detached ADUs are extremely attractive to tenants because they are essentially tiny homes, usually boasting a small kitchen, bathroom, and lounge area.
Do I need a permit to build a guest house?
Yes, you need a permit from your local jurisdiction to build habitable living space on your property. If the space is non-habitable and is under 200 sq ft, then sometimes you do not need a permit. But, in the case of building habitable living space, you’re always required to obtain a building permit.
Does an ADU require a kitchen?
Yes, ADUs must have a kitchen. In fact, the kitchen is the defining feature of an ADU that differentiates it from other additional habitable living space