Adding utility, space, and potentially income generation to a property.

With the new and relaxed laws in San Diego’s effect concerning Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s), these have become a trendy home improvement project.

By definition, an accessory dwelling unit attaches to home but does not provide additional square footage or incorporated storage space. More often, an accessory dwelling unit is a home addition that is built close up to the master bedroom space that is being refurbished, making it an extension of the master bedroom addition. This is most often seen in older homes, where a room was removed to increase the bathtub’s size. This is very common in condominiums and townhouses; homeowners replace a bedroom with a bathroom, knowing that there is no need for additional space. ADU’s are often built on top of a basement, which is another clever way of increasing square feet without adding more ground space in the house.

Having additional living space on your property can bring many benefits, ranging from mere convenience to additional income that can last for decades.

Typically, people build accessory dwelling units, also known as “ADUs” or “granny flats” on their property in order to provide a comfortable yet separate, private, and independent space for an aging parent. These units also give your property a space that can act as a small guest house.

The other motivation is financial. By building an accessory dwelling unit, you can have a rental space directly on your property. Depending on the area, you may be able to get an outstanding return on your investment, as small rental spaces are in high demand, especially in college towns or areas with many young professionals.

Some areas do have restrictions on short-term rentals, such as renting the property as a weekly vacation home. According to regulations from the San Diego County Planning & Development Services, an ADU cannot be used for short-term rental periods, which they define as less than 30 days.

Build an Accessory Dwelling Unit

Concrete is an excellent material to use for ADU’s, as it is powerful and does not require a lot of structural support. Before the advent of ADU’s, before the advent of wired climates, houses would often have huge utility closets in the basement, which extend down to the first floor. For those wanting to be like an ADU, installing a wood-floored closet above ground level to house various items is also an elegant way to emulate these analogs. Unfortunately, this was becoming common practice for those who wanted to stay home in their homes, at least for a shorter time span, as it appears that one could no longer put the weeds in the yard because they would have to run below ground constantly. The alternative seems to be having to store items above ground to dry or otherwise package them, after which transporting them to the basement required that one remain below ground.

When considering building an accessory dwelling unit, it is imperative to look at the current design of the home, which should be considered for his or her organizational purposes, as well as the ability of residents to move freely. A home landscape not only affects the feel of a particular room, but it is also imperative to designing a room for function. The landscape does not only include a building; it also includes walkways, decks, pools, gardens, and landscape furniture. If the landscape is not considered during the design and indeed during actual construction, then one runs the risk of wasting a lot of money, not to mention a lot of time. It is best that when considering the use of ADU’s, one begins with a kitchen or laundry/service room landscape plan, as these are the most common areas in which to locate the accessory dwelling unit. Aesthetics and usability should be considered far more important than home landscaping since these types of accessory dwellings will be springing up all over the place. Then one would have to hope that the rest of the design was smart, or else the whole endeavor will become a total waste of time and resources.

An interior designer or architect would be well advised to see what the options of design are, as well as estimated cost, the number of occupants needed, the clearance required of any non-IC-rated metal/asbestos present and their ramifications. An interior designer or an Architectural Fanmn will give the homeowner the options to build a recipe, a home plan project, which will involve obtaining a hoe-case, footing shoes, and building/construction practices, the desire to make everything “match.” This will, of course, require going over your favorite home.

With the “vast experience” that an expert architectural designer can provide, one can be assured of a project that will be “made” to the expectation level. Azure specializes in… inexpensive remediation methods to conceal, replace or move those unwanted items that may ruin an otherwise immediately finished project. An experienced Three-point consultation and free estimates will get you started. There is no obligation, but if you want your home or space to be perfect… it will be. Azure will stir up creativity, and even though it may cost some money, but will be unabated by the food!