ADU Explained

If you live in California, you are probably noticing the term ADU popping up more often. ADUs are gaining traction all across the U.S. but have specifically begun to boom in California. However, many people still are not aware of what exactly an ADU is. So, here is an ADU explained for people who may not know much about them yet.

What Is An ADU?

An ADU, also known as an accessory dwelling unit, is a small residential unit that is built on a single-family home lot that already has a primary home on it. These types of dwellings have been around for hundreds of years but are not legal in all states yet.

ADUs are also known as:

  • Accessory apartment
  • Granny flat
  • Guest house
  • In-law suite

Types of ADUs

There are four main types of ADUs

  • Garage ADUs
  • Attached ADUs
  • Internal ADUs
  • Detached ADUs

A garage ADU is also known as a garage conversion. It is when you take a pre-existing garage and turn it into an ADU.

Attached ADUs share a wall with the primary dwelling and internal ADUs are inside the primary dwelling. Detached ADUs are their own standing structure separate from the primary dwelling.

Benefits of ADUs

There are a number of reasons why you might want to build an ADU. For starters, they improve the property value of your plot. Also, they offer a chance to bring in extra income if you choose to rent it out.

If you do rent it out, you will be helping combat the housing crisis by offering affordable housing to lower-income individuals. This is because ADUs are so small, there are not as many costs associated with living in them that the renters would have to pay, thus lowering their rent.

They also offer great places for aging parents to live who don’t want to lose their independence entirely. With that being said, they also make great places for growing kids who are ready to experience some independence, but not be too far from their home.

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