What you need to consider before adding an ADU to your home.

Accessory Dwelling Units, ADUs, continue to rise in popularity across the country. Under new California state law, the term ‘accessory dwelling unit’ describes a small, self-contained residential unit located on the same plot of land as an existing single-family home. While an ADU is typically considerably smaller in size, it provides all the basic amenities found in primary dwellings, such as a kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

If you’re thinking of adding an ADU to your home, there are some important factors to consider first.

Your location matters.

As with any major change to your property or land, it’s wise to consult city rules, regulations, and ordinances first. Recent California legislation now prohibits mandated discretionary review of ADU applications by local governments and encourages the construction of ADUs. Even so, it’s important to arm yourself with the knowledge before breaking ground on an ADU. From zoning rules to regulations in your area, ensure you know the laws.

DIYers should beware.

Whether you want to install a granny unit, in-law suite, or another form of an ADU, it is highly recommended that you work with a professional. In short, going about it alone could result in wasted time, money, and simple mistakes. Hiring the right design and construction crew will ensure that you have all of your bases covered when it comes to structure and safety requirements.

Add in design elements.

Over the course of a lifetime, most people accommodate a range of ADU residents. Whether you’re planning to make space for an elderly family member, college student, or out-of-town guests, it makes sense to incorporate universal design principles. Just a few include:

  • No-step entries and non-slip floors
  • Motion sensors for outside entry lights
  • Easy-open handles on doors and drawers
  • Wide doorways for wheelchair access
  • Easy access smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide detectors

Are you ready to get started? Schedule a consultation with our team at Levi Design Build so that we can go over your vision and ideas. Even if you don’t have all the details ironed out yet, we can work together to draft a plan of action. Contact us today for your Californian home construction needs!

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