The best way to increase the value of your home is by adding functional living space. An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is an additional living space on a single-family lot with bathroom and kitchen facilities. ADUs can be either attached or detached from the existing home and are not considered separate properties. They have the same owner as the primary residence. There are numerous benefits of accessory dwelling units for homeowners.
Benefits of Accessory Dwelling Units
1. Increased Property Value
Any time you add functional square footage to your home, you can expect its value to increase. When it’s time to sell, an ADU can give your home a competitive edge with potential homebuyers who will value the additional living space an ADU offers.
2. Rental Income Opportunities
If you are looking for additional income sources, adding an ADU could be an excellent income-producing venture. It’s important to check on the local codes and zoning laws in your city and neighborhood to find out what types of rentals are allowed. Some cities and neighborhoods restrict ADU rentals to relatives or long-term tenants, not short-term rentals such as Airbnb. Consider how much privacy you want in your home and for the users of the ADU before deciding on the type that will work best for your needs, especially if you are planning on using it for rental income.
3. Low-Cost Housing for Family Members
Multigenerational living continues to rise, and having an ADU is a very attractive feature for homeowners and potential buyers. A separate living unit affords people of all ages increased privacy and independence. ADUs are perfect living areas for an elderly relative or single adult who doesn’t want the expense of a single-family home. An ADU is also a desirable living arrangement for a college student home on break but who wants more privacy than living in the family home.
4. A Dedicated Guest Space
If your home is a common travel destination for family or friends, an ADU is a perfect guest space. With separate bathroom and kitchen facilities, your guests are nearby but can come and go as they please without interrupting your family’s routines.
5. Flexible Living Space
Working from home with other family members can be complicated if there is no dedicated, distraction-free space to ensure productivity, making ADUs an attractive home office space. ADUs also make ideal workout spaces, yoga or art studios, or an additional living or entertaining area.
6. A Sustainable Housing Solution
An accessory dwelling unit may be ideal if you’re interested in an eco-friendly approach to housing. These structures tend to use far fewer resources than a traditional new build. They don’t take as much time, space, or materials to build. Given their smaller size, they require less energy to heat and cool. Choosing energy-efficient building materials, appliances, and lighting will reduce energy usage even more.
Is An ADU Right For You?
There are numerous benefits of accessory dwelling units to consider. An ADU may be the right choice if you need additional living space for an elderly relative or want a dedicated home office. ADUs offer valuable living space and can be the perfect solution for multigenerational families living together.
Local city and county zoning ordinances are the first things to investigate. It’s also important to consider the size of your lot and the feasibility of adding a separate or attached dwelling. That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced building contractor early in the planning process. They can help you evaluate whether an ADU is a good fit for your property.
ADUs can be designed to accent your existing home’s architecture and not look like an afterthought that detracts from your home’s curb appeal. Talking with an experienced building contractor early in the planning stages is important to determine the available options.
Choose the Right Contractor
When you hire an experienced contractor, they will guide you through all the building process steps. From obtaining the required building permits and inspections to designing and constructing your ADU, professional contractors will take the stress out of the project. The addition of a custom-designed ADU will add value and beauty to your property.
Talk to neighbors and friends about any construction companies they have used. Check online referral sites like HomeAdvisor, Angi, and Houzz. After you narrow down your choices, contact each for written quotes and verify that they are licensed and insured. A professional contractor will be happy to offer references you can call, and you should be able to view some of their completed projects. Hiring an honest and professional contractor will ensure your project is completed on time and within budget.
Why Choose RT Construction?
RT Construction has completed residential and commercial projects in Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas with precision and quality for over 25 years. We take pride in our work, and your satisfaction is guaranteed. The RT Construction Process ensures that our residential and commercial clients receive the best value and excellent customer service. We are licensed, insured, and bonded for your protection. Contact us online or call 636-317-5636 to schedule an inspection and free estimate.