What is an ADU?

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), also known as a “granny flat,” “in-law suite,” or “secondary suite,” is a self-contained living space that is either attached to or located on the same property as a primary residential unit. ADUs are smaller, secondary living units that typically have their own entrance, kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping areas. They can take various forms, such as a converted garage, a separate structure in the backyard, or an addition to an existing house.

ADUs are often used to provide additional living space for family members, guests, or as a rental property to generate extra income. They have gained popularity as a solution to address housing shortages and provide affordable housing options in urban areas. ADUs can offer a flexible living arrangement while making efficient use of existing properties and infrastructure.

Local regulations and zoning ordinances vary, so the rules regarding the size, design, and use of ADUs differ from one jurisdiction to another. Some areas have specific guidelines for ADU construction, including requirements for setbacks, parking, and occupancy. As a result, it’s essential for homeowners considering the construction of an ADU to research and understand the local regulations and obtain any necessary permits before proceeding with the project.

Derek Sherrell, That ADU Guy

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