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ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT (ADU)

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What are ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) and JADU (Junior Accessory Dwelling Units)?

ADUs

An ADU, or accessory dwelling unit, is a secondary living space on a property that can be used as a separate residence. ADUs are often converted from existing structures such as garages, attics, basements or proposed single dwelling unit, attached or detached garage.

JADUs

Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs) are allowed to be created within the walls of a proposed or existing single-family residence and shall contain no more than 500 square feet. JADUs offer additional housing options. They may share central systems, contain a basic kitchen utilizing small plug-in appliances, may share a bathroom with the primary dwelling, all to reduce development costs. JADUs present no additional stress on utility services or infrastructure because they simply repurpose existing space within the residence and do not expand the dwellings planned occupancy.

What are some of the benefits of having an ADU?

1. Increased home value

ADUs can significantly increase the value of your home. A recent study in Portland, Oregon found that ADUs added an average of 20% to the resale value of a home, while detached ADUs added even more—an average of 34%.

2. Additional income opportunities for homeowners

ADUs provide an opportunity to generate rental income, which can help offset the costs of owning a home. In some cases, ADUs can even be used as long-term rental units, providing a source of income for retirees or other homeowners who may not otherwise be able to afford their mortgage payments.

3. Opportunity to age in place

ADUs can provide a place for aging parents or other relatives to live, while still allowing them to maintain their independence. ADUs can also be adapted to accommodate people with disabilities, providing them with a safe and comfortable place to live.

4. More affordable housing options

ADUs can help make housing more affordable by increasing the supply of available units. In addition, because ADUs are often smaller than traditional homes, they tend to be more affordable to build and maintain.

5. Increased flexibility in the housing market

ADUs provide homeowners with increased flexibility in the housing market. For example, ADUs can be used as short-term rental units, making it easier for homeowners to move if they need to. ADUs can also be converted back into traditional living space if the need arises.

Overall, ADUs offer many benefits to both homeowners and the community. They provide an opportunity to increase home value, generate rental income, provide more affordable housing.

ADU design services at SNBM Design Studio

When most people think of an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), they think of a small, cramped living space. However, with the help of SNBM Design Studio, you can create a comfortable and stylish ADU that perfectly suits your needs. Our team will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your design is just right. Let us help you make your dream home a reality!

SNBM is a full service design studio that specializes in ADUs. We are located in Orange County, California.

Call us at 949-396-0810 or visit us at www.snbmdesignstudio.com

The process of building an ADU or JADU at SNBM Design Studio

Schedule a free consultation

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site visit

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Schematic design

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Plan check approval

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Construction

Begins

Design approval by client

PC responses

Construction drawings

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Plan check corrections

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City review

  • What are ADUs?
    Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) have been known by many names: Granny flats, in-law units, backyard cottages, secondary units and more. No matter what you call them, ADUs are an innovative, affordable, effective option for adding much-needed housing in California.
  • What are JADUs?
    Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs) are allowed to be created within the walls of a proposed or existing single-family residence and shall contain no more than 500 square feet. JADUs offer additional housing options. They may share central systems, contain a basic kitchen utilizing small plug-in appliances, may share a bathroom with the primary dwelling, all to reduce development costs. JADUs present no additional stress on utility services or infrastructure because they simply repurpose existing space within the residence and do not expand the dwellings planned occupancy.
  • What are the benefits of ADUs?
    ADUs are affordable ADUs are easy to construct ADUs provide a source of income ADUs allow extended families to be on the same property while keeping privacy ADUs provide as much living space as many newly-built apartments
  • What is the ADU/JADU design process at SNBM Design Studio LLC?
    We have pre-designed floor plan options for both ADUs and JADUs Simply contact us and let us know which ADU or JADU plan you are interested in We will schedule an on site meeting with you to get the necessary measurements We will start on plans and follow up with the city to get the permit approval General contractor will pull the permits and starts construction of the ADU or JADU We will coordinate with G.C. on any questions they might have during the construction of the ADU or JADU
  • What are some of the benefits of having an ADU?
    Increased home value Additional income opportunities for homeowners Opportunity to age in place More affordable housing options Increased flexibility in the housing market
  • How do ADUs work in California?
    In California, ADUs are generally governed by local ordinances. This means that the laws regarding their construction and occupancy may vary from city to city. Generally speaking, they must meet all of the building codes that apply to other dwellings in the area, including those related to safety, health, fire protection, energy efficiency, and accessibility.
  • What are the benefits of having an ADU?
    ADUs can provide numerous benefits to homeowners. They can be used as a source of additional income if rented out or used for other purposes. It can also provide more living space for an elderly relative, an adult child returning home, or other family members. Additionally, ADUs are often cheaper and quicker to build than traditional homes, making them an attractive option for those looking to expand their living space but who don’t want the hassle of building a full-on home. Lastly, ADUs can help improve communities by providing much needed housing options and increasing density in certain areas.
  • How do I get started with building an ADU?
    If you are interested in adding an ADU to your property, the first step is to check with your local city or county planning department for any restrictions or regulations that may apply. Additionally, it’s important to research and understand all of the costs associated with building an ADU such as permits, fees, and construction materials. Also, you should consult a qualified contractor or architect to ensure the project is done safely and correctly. Finally, make sure that you have all of the necessary financing in place before starting any work. Once your plans are approved and all preparations are complete, it’s time to get started on building your ADU! With some planning, research.
  • How much does it cost to build an ADU?
    The cost of building an ADU can vary greatly depending on factors such as the size and complexity of the project, materials used, labor costs, and more. Generally speaking, the cost can range anywhere from $25,000 to over $150,000. Additionally, there are also many other fees associated with building an ADU such as permits, fees, and more. It’s important to carefully consider all of the costs associated with a project before starting any work. Overall, ADUs can be an attractive option for many homeowners looking to increase their living space and provide additional housing options in the community. If you are considering building an ADU, make sure that you research the laws in your area and understand all of the associated costs. With some careful planning, you can have your dream ADU up and running in no time!
  • How long does it take to build an ADU?
    The time it takes to build an ADU depends on factors such as the size and complexity of the project, permits required, availability of materials, labor costs, and more. Generally speaking, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months for a typical ADU construction project. Additionally, there may be delays due to unforeseen circumstances or complications that arise during the process. It’s important to plan ahead and budget for any delays or additional costs that may be incurred during construction.
  • What are the requirements for an ADU in California?
    In California, ADUs are regulated by the state’s Building Standards Code. Generally speaking, all ADUs must meet or exceed requirements including those related to safety, health, energy efficiency, and accessibility. Additionally, there are several local ordinances that may also apply to an ADU construction project so it is important to research what your specific city or county requires in order to ensure that your project complies with all regulations.
  • Are there any other resources I can consult for more information on ADUs?
    Yes, there are several resources available to help you learn more about ADUs. The California Department of Housing and Community Development offers a comprehensive guide on Building Accessory Dwelling Units, which provides information on laws, regulations, financing options, and other helpful resources. Additionally, local planning departments also often provide detailed instructions related to building an ADU in their jurisdiction. Finally, consulting with a qualified contractor or architect can also be helpful in understanding the unique details of your project.

JADU (+/-200 S.F.)

Cost of design drawings      $2,465

JADU (+/-495 S.F.)

Cost of design drawings      $3,465

ADU (+/-200 S.F.)

Cost of design drawings      $2,465

ADU (+/-495 S.F.)

Cost of design drawings      $3,465

ADU (+/-748 S.F.)

Cost of design drawings      $4,488

ADU (+/-1152 S.F.)

Cost of design drawings       $6,912

ADU (+/-1176 S.F.)

Cost of design drawings      $7,056