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Did you know Alon Design and Remodeling is one of the top ADU builders in the country? ADUs are an increasingly popular option when it comes to building your home. They create extra space and increase value, so it’s no wonder that more and more homeowners are getting them installed. Not to mention that they can even provide income if you rent them out.

ADU stands for Accessory Dwelling Unit, but they don’t always have to be living spaces. Sometimes people use ADUs as bonus rooms in their houses, putting offices, studios, and anything else in that additional space. But they can also always be used as a living space, as they come with bathrooms and kitchens built-in.

As the years have gone by, more and more people have decided to hire an ADU builder and attach ADUs to their properties. Sometimes these are additional buildings, and sometimes they are converted garages or basements. But however the ADU is built, homeowners enjoy their new space.

But is an ADU right for you? How do you know that you’ll enjoy the benefits of hiring an ADU builder for new construction or converting an existing structure? There are many things you can do with an ADU and many reasons you may build one, so here’s an overview of the ADU process and how to determine if you need to call us and get one.

What is an ADU?

ADUs are additional units added to your residence that can be used as living spaces. They’re fully livable with bathrooms, kitchens, lighting, and everything else someone would need to live in them on their own.

These aren’t the same as standard room additions – they’re more complex. The ADU builders need to equip them with everything you need to live exclusively inside them.

There are a few advantages to having an ADU on your property. You can house family members inside or rent them out to someone that needs somewhere cheap to stay. Providing affordable housing through an ADU is a good public service.

ADUs consume less energy than houses, meaning they’re better for the environment. You pay less on utilities, too. They increase your property value as well. All of this helps balance out the cost of hiring an ADU builder.

If you have a friend or family member who needs a place to stay and you don’t have enough room in your home, why not build an ADU for them? Having an ADU made for your loved ones is a great way to help them out and have them close by at all times.

What are my ADU options?

When hiring an ADU builder, there are a few ways to go about the project.

First, start with determining your budget. Get a quote on the likely price of your project and decide what you can and can’t live without. A lot of different factors go into ADU pricing, so weigh all of your options.

Consider where you are building this ADU. Do you have room in your backyard for an entirely new unit? Even if you do, you may still find it easier to build an extension on your home for the ADU, as this often means you can share wires and plumbing. You might also convert a room you’re not using, like your basement or garage.

How many bedrooms does your ADU need? Is it just a single-bedroom situation, or do you plan to rent it to multiple people? You may assume by default that you’ll have one person to one ADU, but think about getting a multi-bedroom ADU. Even if you only rent it out to one person, they could use that space for something else.

Beyond that, you have many options with the specifics of how the ADU will look. After you have the basic floor plan down, think about the roofing, the interiors, and the exteriors, whether or not you need solar panels and any other complete remodeling aspects that may come up when talking to your ADU builder.

What is the process for building an ADU?

When getting an ADU built, the plan must first be in place. You must set out your budget, and what you intend to have done should be well understood. This process tends to be thorough, taking around one month to complete. You need to know exactly what you need from your ADU builders before the next phase begins.

Preparedness is a must because the next phase is the permit phase. ADU builders need special permits to undertake this kind of construction. The process of finishing all of the paperwork can take 2 to 4 months.

After all of the proper paperwork is in order, construction itself can finally begin. The site gets prepared, and the foundation is started. This phase can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months. It constitutes the bulk of the process.

Finally, the finishing touches are added to the unit. Everything gets fully installed. This process may take a few more additional months, but after that, you should have your complete ADU installed into your home. Overall, it’s a pretty straightforward process – planning, permits, building, and finishing.


What does ADU mean in construction?

ADU stands for Accessory Dwelling Unit. It indicates a unit that can house an individual or group independently from the rest of the residence.

What are the pros and cons of ADU?

Living in ADUs is often cheaper and has lower utility costs. Hiring an ADU builder for your home increases its value and allows you to rent it out.

What is the difference between an ADU and a guest house?

Guest houses are often not as fully-stocked as ADUs. For example, when building guest houses, professional workers typically don’t have to construct new kitchens. They may not even have new bathrooms. ADUs, on the other hand, can be lived in entirely and have all of the required amenities.

Why do people build ADUs?

ADUs are great when you need someone to live in your home, whether a family member or a friend. You can also rent them out to people who need a cheap place to stay, increasing your income while adding value to your home.

Does ADU increase value?

Yes. Hiring an ADU builder is one way to increase the ROI of your home. It increases the habitable square footage of your property, which is a significant factor in value.

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