One of the most asked about home improvement projects in San Diego is the Accessory Dwelling Unit or ADU.
An ADU is essentially a tiny home complete with a kitchen, bedroom(s), and bathroom. Many also have washers and dryers installed. Their compact size is perfect for a single-family home lot. Some homeowners can have an ADU and a Junior ADU on their property.
The ADU is one of the most asked about home improvement projects because it can be used as a rental property or a home for loved ones who want independence but still need to be close by.
Many ways to design and build an ADU — the most asked about home improvement projects
Marrokal Design & Remodeling offers free home remodeling seminars on ADUs, kitchen & baths, and outdoor living areas. If you’re considering adding an ADU to your property, it’s a good idea to do your homework so that you can understand the design-build process.
There are several things to consider before building an ADU on your property. It’s important to look at how the ADU will be used. Do you want it to be attached to your existing home, such as over the garage with a separate entrance? How will you pay for the ADU? Many financing options are available and in our remodeling seminars, we show you how a loan and the cost of the design-build can quickly return a positive ROI when you rent out the ADU.
Style, Design, Efficiency Of Your ADU
You’ll also want to consider the design style. Since the ADU will be very close to your existing home, the architecture should be the same or compatible. You might also like to include energy-efficient appliances and wiring to make the ADU a smart home.
Another reason the ADU is one of the most asked about home improvement projects is because of rising home and rental prices and the housing shortage in San Diego. Putting a little extra monthly income in your pocket can really add up year over year.
Average Rent For ADUs
The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in 2021 increased by 11% compared to last year and the median home price throughout San Diego County increased by approximately 28% in 2021.
With this in mind, the ADU as a rental property could be a great way to supplement your monthly income. You can’t use an ADU in San Diego as a vacation rental; they require a minimum 30-day lease. Oftentimes, renters love the ability to live in a small compact yet efficient space. ADUs can command (depending on size and location) between $2,000 to $2,800 a month for a one-bedroom and $2,800 to $3,800 a month for a two-bedroom. That easily can help pay for the design-build cost of an ADU.
If you’re interested in learning more about ADUs, join us for a free online home remodeling seminar.