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Do you love your home but just need more space? Do you love your home’s location and neighborhood but your house isn’t big enough now that you’re working from home? Do your aging parents need a little extra help but you don’t want to put them in an expensive retirement home? Do your grown kids need an affordable, independent living space? An ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) may be the solution you’re looking for! The role of ADUS in enhancing property is both aesthetically and functionally. Here’s how:

Modern, Quality Construction

There’s a lot of questions surrounding ADUs. First of all, ADUs are permanent homes that sit on a foundation and are built on a property that has an existing traditional home on it. This is so the ADU can connect to the water lines, sewer lines, and other established services needed. Secondly, ADUs can be studio, one, or two bedroom units and range from approximately 600 square feet to 1,200 square feet. Additionally, ADUs have been called granny flats, backyard homes, and in law units. They are not “tiny homes” because this category of home isn’t on a permanent foundation and usually is built on a trailer.

Another important aspect of ADUs is that in many circumstances, they are prefab homes that are built in pieces in a factory and are assembled onsite. This allows for the homes to be more cost effective for the consumer and built more quickly. You might compare this to a custom, one-of-a-kind home built on a lot versus a new build community. Creating a custom home requires an architect, unique materials, and tends to take quite a bit longer to build. A home in a community has usually around four floor plans, a select number of materials for you to choose from (like countertops, flooring, and cabinetry), and takes less time to build because the process is streamlined. 

But just because an ADU is built in a factory and arrives on a big rig doesn’t mean it isn’t amazing. Today’s ADUs have quality finishes that are both environmentally friendly and stylish. The role of ADUs enhancing property and functionality is easy with beautiful models that are available in materials that complement the existing structures and surroundings.

ADU Functionality

ADUs provide countless opportunities for you and your family. Here are some of the most popular ways that people are harnessing the role of ADUs in enhancing property aesthetics and functionality:

  1. Home for Aging Parents: I’ve had many conversations about this lately with my friends. We’re all in our forties and fifties and somehow the roles have started to change in our relationships with our parents. This is a really hard journey because, like parenting, every family is different, there’s no real way to emotionally plan for it, and every circumstance is unique. My friend Chris is thinking about building an ADU but he’s been looking at it from two different angles: 1) his mom lives alone and is healthy for the most part, but she does need companionship, rides to the doctor, and just an extra set of eyes to make sure she is safe. An ADU would be a great solution for a live-in healthcare worker or even adult grandchild. 2) Chris is also debating on a second idea which is to build the ADU in his backyard and his mom can be close by. ADU’s are about a third of the cost of a traditional home and much more cost efficient than purchasing one of the large, expensive homes in his neighborhood. 
  2. Home for Grown Children: Consider these two statistics – the average home in California in 2024 will cost you about $830,620 according to the California Association of Realtors. This means that fewer than 1 in 5 homebuyers in California (around 16%) can afford to buy a median-priced existing single-family home and the average first time home buyer is 36 years old! Yikes! 

As mentioned previously, an ADU costs about one third the cost of a traditional home and you can even sell it separately from the original property as a condo! This means that your kids can get their foot in the door (quite literally) to investing in real estate for a fraction of the cost. 

  1. Rental Unit: ADUs have become popular as rental units as California continues to struggle with affordable housing and lack of housing. ADUs provide additional, ongoing income. Some people are even living in their ADUs and renting out the main home for a bigger return! Check with your local government, but if you live near a college, beach, ski resort, or amusement park, your ADU might also be perfect as a short term Airbnb rental. 
  2. Home for Sale: The role of ADUs in enhancing property value is another benefit for homeowners. More liveable space and the potential for rental income may make your property stand out and you just might be surprised at your return on investment.
  3. Home Office: A home office increases the role of ADUs in enhancing property functionality. Since COVID, more people have enjoyed the convenience and cost effectiveness of working from home. No commute. No high gas bills. No avoiding weird Larry at the coffee pot. This could also be a good tax write off, so discuss this topic with your tax professional! 

Are you thinking about how the role of ADUs in enhancing property aesthetics and functionality could benefit you? Call ADU Warehouse today! We would love to show you the ADUs we have built, our multiple floor plans, material options, and where your ADU would function best on your property. Furthermore, we work with lenders who can share the many financing opportunities available, our real estate professionals will tell you the current value of your property and the estimated value with an ADU added on, and we have property managers that can share how to rent out your unit. We even help to file the permits, connect you with reputable landscapers, and insure your new structure. ADU Warehouse is your one-stop-shop for all things ADU!

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