Developing an ADU is very much like developing a house, only on a smaller scale. There are a lot of moving parts and for a successful development it’s important to have all your bases covered in the right sequence.

Trying to do one before the other will create delays, cost overrun and a lot of frustration. That is why we created a series of videos covering 7 essential steps of developing and ADU:

  1. ADU Costs and Budgets – set budget for your ADU based on information of various costs of development.
  2. ADU Feasibility – inquire ADU feasibility, create site map and research with your planning department.
  3. ADU Design Plans – create floor plans and 3D rendering to visualize and set expectations for your ADU.
  4. ADU Construction Plans – issue construction drawing plans and calculations based on your ADU design.
  5. ADU Construction Permit – submit your plans to your local planning department for review and approval.
  6. ADU Contractors and Estimates – create scope of work and solicit to receive estimates from contractors.
  7. ADU Construction – go through construction and inspections, receive certificate of occupancy.

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Remodeling: Why Choose Vinyl Flooring For Your Bathroom

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Going Green While Building Your ADU

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ADU in Los Angeles: A Complete Guide for 2021

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4 Common Renovation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them!

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9 Main Room Addition Mistakes to Avoid in Every Home Addition

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Garage Conversions: Dos and Don’ts

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Layout of A Granny Flat: Essentials Of The Unit

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