ADU is an acronym for Accessory Dwelling Unit. Also called: Granny Flat, Backyard Cottage, DADU (Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit) and other terms.
TYPES OF ADU
Detached or freestanding. New construction on the site of an existing single family dwelling.
Within or expansion of an existing single family residence. Like a basement conversion or addition attached to an existing single family residence.
Conversion or expansion of an existing free-standing structure, such as a garage or out-building.
WHY BUILD AN ADU?
Call them in-law units, granny flats, or backyard cottages, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are secondary units that have their own address and can be rented out.
Building a new ADU in your backyard or converting your existing garage can give single-family homeowners more flexibility both spatially and financially.
FOR YOU. Extend your living space, have a studio, or rent out your front house.
FOR FAMILY OR FRIENDS. Host visitors, have your in-laws or kids move in.
FOR RENT. Rent out for extra income to long-term tenants.
BENEFITS OF AN ADU
FACILITATES “AGING-IN-PLACE” AKA DOWNSIZING AND “GENERATION SWAP.”
CAN PRODUCE INCOME WITH A RETURN ON INVESTMENT.
PROVIDES EXTRA, AFFORDABLE, HOUSING ON SITE SUPPORTING DENSITY GOALS.
LEVERAGES EXISTING PROPERTY ENHANCING VALUE.
Either way you use the space, your property value will appreciate immediately. An ADU can pay for itself in less than 15 years and provide you additional income for retirement.