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The Different Types of Accessory Dwelling Units: Which One Is Right for You?

Do you need more space but don’t want to leave your home? Are you considering remodeling your property to add an Accessory Dwelling Unit? If so, you’re not alone! ADUs are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. They can provide homeowners with additional living space at a fraction of the cost of traditional home additions. In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of ADUs and help you choose the right one for your needs.

There are multiple types of ADU, and each has its own set of benefits and drawbacks.

Detached units

Detached units are a separate structure on your property that is not attached to your house. Detached ADUs can be anything from a converted garage to a new addition built from scratch. The main advantage of a detached ADU is that it offers more privacy for both the occupants and the homeowners; however, they can be more expensive to build than attached units. If you’re considering adding a detached ADU to your property, it’s important to make sure that you have enough space for the new structure, and you’ll also need to consider things like zoning regulations and building codes in your area.

Attached units

An attached unit shares one or more walls with the main house. They are often converted from existing space in the home, such as a garage or basement. They are sometimes called “granny flats” or “in-law units” because they can provide a separate living space for elderly family members or adult children. An attached ADU is typically easier and less expensive to build because it doesn’t require the same level of construction as a detached unit; however they may be less private.

Basement units

Basement units are a great option if you have an unfinished basement that you’re not using for anything else. They can be a bit more challenging and expensive to finish than other types of ADUs, but they can provide a lot of extra living space.

Garage units

These are just what they sound like – converting an existing garage into a living space. Garage units are typically smaller than other types of ADUs, but they can still provide all the same amenities. When remodeling a garage into an ADU be sure to insulate well, and consider the layout of the space and how you can best utilize the available square footage to ensure comfortable living conditions. With some careful planning and execution, you can create a comfortable living space that meets  all your needs.

Now that you know the different types of ADUs, which one is right for you? It depends on your needs and budget. If you need a lot of space, a detached unit may be the best option. If you’re on a tight budget, a garage conversion or basement conversion may be the way to go. Whatever you decide, an ADU can be a great addition to your home and we would love to build it for you!

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