Considerations for Building an ADU

A guest house or an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), are popping up everywhere these days. For good reason, too. These small buildings added onto properties provide a whole host of benefits for the homeowner and are incredibly diverse. This luxury construction can provide extra rental income, offer a less-expensive housing option or provide a home for a relative. While you may be tempted to add one to your home to keep up with the times and reap all the benefits, there are some considerations you should first take into account.

Different Cities, Different Rules

When it comes to most real estate factors, different cities have different rules. Before plotting the space for your new tiny house, check with your city’s planning and zoning department to determine what those rules are. Although it’s not always necessary to hire an architect or engineer in the design process, it’s often a good idea. Involving professionals means that all of your boxes are checked and everything is carried out in accordance to structure safety.

Gather the Numbers

While cities have been proactive in setting rules and regulations for ADUs, banks have not yet figured out a standard way to finance them. This can be an issue for homeowners who are not yet able to finance a new ADU on their own. Ensure that you have a realistic budget in hand and stable finances behind you.

Work Out the Kinks

If you’re turning the ADU into a rental property, you’ll need to know where you stand when it comes to landlord-tenant responsibilities. You’ll also need to decide on parking spaces and preferences as well as account for expenses such as hazard insurance premiums.

Are you thinking of adding a guest house to your home? 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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