An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a self-contained additional structure on a property, located either within or adjacent to a traditional house. These structures serve many purposes, including home offices, in-law quarters, or studio spaces. An ADU may be the perfect solution to meet a need of additional space at your home.
Before you begin planning and designing your ADU, it's important to note both the benefits and the requirements of this type of space.
- Make sure to check with your municipality before construction. Every locality has different requirements for this type of construction and you want to ensure you are in line with restrictions and building codes.
- Understand the space's intended function before you begin. For example, if you are choosing to use this space as an art studio you will want to make sure there is plenty of natural light from windows and skylights.
- Align the ADU's exterior design with your existing home. This structure should appear as an extension of your home and be in line with its design style and materials.