For many, 2020 has been a year of challenges, fears, and frustrations mixed with some breaks and sprinkled with a bit of joy here and there. One thing is clear, many homeowners found that more space is key. That’s why building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) could be the most important home renovation right now
Not only does building an Accessory Dwelling Unit give you more space for loved ones to live nearby but it also can increase your home’s property value and the resale price.
Why Build An Accessory Dwelling Unit?
It’s rare that a homeowner can’t find a use for an extra room but some wonder is an Accessory Dwelling Unit necessary and does the cost to build it make sense.
Accessory Dwelling Units can be garage conversions, above the garage additions, attached or detached units from the single-family residence. They’re cost-effective, can provide a rental income, and are much less expensive than buying and moving into a bigger home.
“The increase in popularity with the ADUs, more commonly known as a Granny Flat, stems from a 20 percent hike in rents since 2010 and an increase in housing has convinced homeowners to remodel versus move,” says Steve Walton, Senior Design Consultant, Marrokal Design & Remodeling.
Building An Accessory Dwelling Unit Over The Garage Or Converting The Garage
Converting a garage from scratch or making modifications are two ways to convert your garage. However, garage conversions require upgrades to meet building codes and to make the space comfortable and self-contained.
In some cases, building an Accessory Dwelling Unit over the garage works even better. The self-contained dwelling unit sits atop a single-family residential home and is perfect for loved ones or tenants to live in.
Since California laws have made building an Accessory Dwelling Unit easier, things like getting water and utilities such as a gas line for the stove or water heater to the ADU can often be piped or tapped from the home’s current utility connections. Typically, ADUs don’t require separate service meters because they are not considered new residential uses. Plumbing lines are often tied into the existing sewer lateral.
The Remodeling Process Of An Accessory Dwelling Unit
During the planning stages for an Accessory Dwelling Unit, the team at Marrokal will learn about your needs and uses for the extra space. They’ll make recommendations based on remodeling best practices and what’s most suitable for your home. They will present multiple concepts and ensure that the design-build process will meet your budget.
Final Rendering And 3D Video
Homeowners don’t have to imagine what the new Accessory Dwelling Unit will look like. The design plans actually come to life with very realistic renderings and a 3-D video that showcases the remodeled home. The 3D video makes home renovation come to life.
To ensure complete satisfaction, Walton says, “We really try to hand-hold our clients through the entire process.”
Want to learn more about building an Accessory Dwelling Unit? Join us for our free remodeling seminar, Everything You Need To Know About ADUs. Have a question or want a free consultation? Call us today at (888) 214-1544 or contact us here.