Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
ADUs offer a flexible and cost-effective solution for those needing more space. They can be built on the same property as a single-family home and come in various sizes and shapes, providing a way to accommodate larger family living arrangements. ADUs can also help increase urban density while preserving green spaces.
What are the benefits of an Accessory Dwelling Unit?
An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), also known as “granny flats” or an “additional accessory unit,” is a secondary living space that is attached or detached from the primary dwelling unit. ADUs are a great way to unlock the potential of your home without modifying existing structures, yard use, or parking spaces and can be used for a variety of purposes.
Providing Options for San Diego Homeowners
Building an ADU in San Diego offers a variety of benefits, including increased rental income, additional living space, and increased property value. They can also be used to provide housing for family members or to create a more eco-friendly home.
Eco Minded Solutions offers San Diego Homeowners options when starting the building process. There are three kinds of ADUs:
- Interior – housed with the main dwelling (converted basement or attic space)
- Attached – built as an addition to the main structure
- Detached – a stand-alone structure located on the same property as the main structure
Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU)
San Diego ADU Regulations describe JADUs as small living units of no more than 500 square feet created in a bedroom of an existing residential home. They must include an efficient kitchen and a separate exterior entrance/exit from the main home. JADUs can have their own small bathroom, or share a bathroom with the existing home.
Navigating Local Zoning Laws in San Diego
The City of San Diego has specific zoning regulations and laws for ADUs. It is important to understand these laws before beginning any construction. Eco Minded Solutions helps navigate homeowners through local zoning laws, apply for a building permit, and ensure that your ADU meets all of the San Diego Housing Commission’s requirements. When you start an ADU project with us, you are receiving the support of an ADU contractor with decades of California building experience.
ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) FAQs
An ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) is a secondary housing unit that can be added to a property, either attached or detached from the primary residence. It’s a self-contained unit, sometimes coming with its own living, sleeping, kitchen, and bathroom facilities. ADU’s allow homeowners to customize this new space, making it as robust or simple as they want.
ADUs provide additional living space, potential rental income, increased property value, and housing flexibility. They can also be used for accommodating family members or guests.
An ADU can significantly increase the resale value of a property by adding additional livable space and the potential for rental income. The more livable square footage, the better your home value will be.
There are various types of ADUs, including attached ADUs (such as a basement or attic conversion), detached ADUs (standalone structures), and garage conversions.
Choosing the right ADU contractor ensures that the construction process goes smoothly, adheres to local regulations, and results in a high-quality finished product. The best ADU general contractors help you navigate every step of the building process. Our experts at Eco Minded Solutions will lead you all the way from the permitting process through to the final walk-through.
Look for a contractor with a proven track record in ADU projects, ask for references, and inquire about their familiarity with local ADU regulations.