With an increasing demand for housing in the Bay Area and homeowners need for creative second incomes, ADUs create flexibility for middle-income renters who don’t qualify for below-market-rate housing and can’t afford a market-rate apartment. That said, ADUs often fill a much needed gap in the affordable housing conditions of Californian cities. Although ADUs are both ‘adaptive reuse’ and ‘urban infill’, they are such an important modern city housing solution they deserve their own explanation. Thereby, ADU’s satisfy our social mission interests by empowering home owners to become ‘mini-developers’ to create income streams on their own properties while also adding much-needed housing to the cities current fabric with little development cost to the city and associated infrastructure.
We assist owners in all aspects of ADU development from permitting and design all the way through building and commissioning. We often will help homeowners create small pro forma’s and financial docs as design-tools to understand the budget and payoff projections for their project to assist the complete project financial stability. By assisting with financial projections, in addition to architecture and construction budgeting, not only can we create a sound financial investment for our clients, but we channel a less-conflicted process of design and construction that fleshes out issues in the design stages rather than during the construction process.
With ADU code in constant flux in majority of cities around the US, Design Draw Build’s design teams are on top of the array of new ordinances and city rules for ADUs to create solutions for every site that fit the needs of an ever changing city permit environment. See new California Prop. http://www.hcd.ca.gov/policy-research/docs/2016-12-12-ADU-TA-Memo.docx.pdf to incentivize more ADU construction in CA.
- Rental ADUs
- In-law units
- AirBnB Rentals
- Downsizing/Retirement ADUs
- Sustainable design
- Existing building footprint design/”grandfathering”
- Detached ADUs
- ADU code facilitation
Although ADUs are small in size, their scope of services can be equal to a typical new build project. Generally speaking, the ADUs we design and build (particularly the stand-alone variety) range between 250-400 per SQ FT for finishes, fixtures, and building components, jurisdiction, and site slope.
A stock answer for any size project is “It depends.” Although ADUs are small in size, their scope can be about equal to a typical new build project. Generally speaking, the ADUs we design and build (particularly the stand-alone variety) start at a couple hundred thousand dollars in construction cost, cost typically range between 250-400 per SQ FT for finishes, fixtures, and building components.
- Research your property, home history, zoning, and historic neighborhood designations.
- Look up your local jurisdiction’s ADU code. If they do not have official city code, read your state’s ADU code. (California’s ADU code)