Accessory Dwelling Units

Otherwise known as ADU’s, accessory dwelling units are becoming more popular for a variety of reasons. An ADU is defined as an additional dwelling unit on a family property. It may or may not be attached to primary building and are typically much smaller than the main family home. They’re equipped with their own kitchens and bathrooms, providing privacy to the inhabitant.

According to Imagine Energy, accessory dwelling units open up affordable rental units in what could be an expensive area. They also provide a higher resale value to the original family home. Homeowners have an additional source of income because of the ADU or could use them for aging family members or visiting relatives. ADUs minimize sprawl because they don’t require more land for a housing unit and are environmentally friendly.

An ADU can take many forms including a converted basement or attic, garage, carriage house, or freestanding structure. They are also called granny flats, second units, mother-in-law apartments, carriage homes or backyard cottages.

Anyone can make an ADU energy efficient by building with a tight envelope, adding solar panels, and reusing building materials. Using energy star appliances and eco-friendly lighting only add to the benefits.

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