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An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is an attached or detached fully equipped residential living space located on an existing residential property.

LA’s current housing crisis has made the construction of accessory dwelling units extremely popular. This is due not only to homeowners wanting to increase valuable living space and their overall property value, but they also can provide a second income and affordable housing to the community.

In the past, many homeowners who have wanted to build an ADU have been prevented from doing so due to zoning laws, high fees, and regulations.

The State of California has recently passed laws and the 2020 Los Angeles ADU Ordinance that makes building accessory dwelling units much easier and affordable for homeowners with single or multi family properties. 

There’s a lot that goes into planning, budgeting, and building an ADU. With over 25 years of experience in providing various types of ADUs to Los Angeles homeowners, we are here to help guide you through the process.

ADU Benefits

Why Build an ADU?

  • Affordable to construct as they do not require paying for new land
  • Use as a rental unit will provide a new source of income
  • Increase Home Equity for property owners
  • Additional Living Space for housing family members

What Type Of ADU Design and Build?

ADUs go by many names including granny flats, in-law units, room additions, garage conversions, and backyard homes. There are many different options when it comes to ADUs and we are here to help you find the best adu designs suitable for your home. 

First, it is important to figure out the goal of your ADU. Is the main objective to increase your living space for family members or something you’re looking to rent out and earn monthly income? 

The time it will take to build an ADU will depend on if you are converting an existing part of the residence or doing new construction. The following are the types of ADUs in Los Angeles County and Southern California:

  • Interior ADU – These are built inside the primary residence, often in the basement or attic conversion, located within the existing home. Also known as a home conversion
  • Detached ADU – A standalone unit that’s built on the property, independent from the primary residence and usually located within the backyard.
  • Attached ADU – These are connected or attached to the existing home by at least one wall, serving as an addition to your current primary structure.
  • Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU)– An ADU that is no more than 500 square feet in size and that must be a part of the existing structure. These units may share bathrooms with the primary residence and only need to meet “efficiency kitchen” requirements.

ADU Vs Addition

What’s the difference between an Accessory Dwelling Unit and a Room Addition? An ADU serves as its own stand-alone home. It includes requirements necessary to live in such as a kitchen, bathroom, bed, and living space.

A room addition is when the home’s main residential structure is expanded and increased in square footage. This could include adding a second story to a home or increasing the size of a kitchen, bathroom, or any other room within the residence.

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Why Choose Us As Your ADU Contractor

We are a fully licensed and full-service ADU construction company with 25 years of work and results in Los Angeles county. Our team is equipped with the knowledge and experience to make the most of your property with an ADU.

We handle everything, from the architectural planning, design, and construction, and will also help you in meeting the requirements and permits that comply with all applicable building, zoning, and residential codes.

We will start with a free consultation to determine the restrictions and size of your ADU process. During this planning phase, we will consider your existing structure along with your budget.  This consultation is important to make sure we have all the details of the design you envisioned and also to make sure that your adu project is in ordinance with the Los Angeles guidelines.

For ground-up construction, blueprints with exact measurements will need to be created. The design and permit process will be the most tedious as the correct paperwork needs to be filled out to submit to the city.

After permit plans are approved, it’s time to start the building process. We will provide you with 3D renderings to make sure your ideas have been well communicated.

During the construction process, we want you to feel hands-off. We will provide quality work and great communication to keep you updated on the project. We will also help with finishes and inspections to make your completed ADU project stress-free.

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