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Our ADU Process 

What are ADU's?

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a secondary housing unit on a lot. It can serve a variety of purposes: rental income, housing for family members, or simply an extension of your own living space.

Common Types of ADUs


Detached ADUs:

These are stand-alone structures built on the same property but separate from the main house. Perfect for those who want a distinct space that provides privacy and independence.

Example: Imagine a cozy backyard cottage that serves as a guesthouse, rental property, or even a quiet studio for work or art. A serene oasis just a few steps away from your main home yet offering all the amenities of an independent house.

Attached ADUs:

These units are a direct extension or addition to your existing home. Ideal for families wanting to keep loved ones close while providing them with their own space.

Example: Consider an added wing to your home, complete with its own entrance. It could be a space for your aging parents, ensuring they're nearby while maintaining their autonomy, or a private suite for a returning college student.

Garage Conversions:

This involves transforming your existing garage into a fully functional living space. It's an excellent choice for properties with limited space or those looking to utilize unused areas.

Example: Think about turning that cluttered, unused garage into a chic apartment. Perfect for short-term rentals or as a stylish studio apartment, complete with a kitchenette, bathroom, and open living space.

Our 9 Step Process

1. Initial Consultation

We begin with a consultation to understand your vision for the ADU, discussing designs, locations, requirements, and budget.

 4. Blueprint Development

 Develop detailed blueprints, turning your ideas into a practical plan.

7. Construction Phase Begins

Beginning construction with a focus on quality, adherence to timelines, and minimal disruption.

2. Site Evaluation and Feasibility Study

Conducting a detailed evaluation of your property to assess feasibility and compatibility with your ADU plans.

5. Finalizing Blueprints and Project Cost

Reviewing blueprints with you for final approval and providing a detailed breakdown of the project cost.

8. Final Inspection and Handover

Conducting a final inspection post-construction and handing over the completed ADU, ready for occupancy.

3. Zoning Clearance and Preliminary Approvals

Handling applications for zoning clearance and other approvals, ensuring compliance with local laws and building codes

6. Obtaining Necessary Permits

Acquiring all necessary building permits to ensure legal compliance and a smooth construction process.

9. Post-Construction Support

Offering continued support and assistance after the project's completion.

ADU Projects

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an ADUs cost?

The cost of building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) can vary widely, primarily depending on size, materials, labor, and especially the finishes you choose. On average, in our service area, homeowners spend between $225 to $500 per square foot for a complete ADU project. It's crucial to understand that this range is a general estimate.

The finishes you select can significantly influence the final cost. High-end finishes and custom features typically increase the price, while more standard finishes can be more cost-effective. We aim to provide a personalized, detailed quote that reflects your specific preferences, needs, and budget, ensuring transparency and avoiding any unexpected costs.

We offer free initial consultations to assess your project and help you understand all the factors that will affect your investment, including the potential impact of different finishes on the overall cost. This approach ensures you have a clear picture of what to expect before committing to the project.

Do ADUs require permits?

Yes, permits are required for ADU construction. We are familiar with local building codes and can handle the permitting process for you.

How long will the project take to build?

The actual build phase of our projects can vary widely depending on specifics. However, after permits are secured and designs are finalized, you can generally expect the building phase to last between 3 and 8 months. Rest assured, while we strive to complete your project in a timely manner, we never rush through our jobs. We limit the number of projects we take on to ensure that each one receives our full attention and meets our high-quality standards.

Does building a ADUs increase property value?

Yes, in many cases, ADUs can increase the value of a property. They offer additional living space, potential rental income, and flexibility, making the property attractive to a wider range of buyers.

 I Already Have Approved Architectural Plans. What’s the Next Step?

Great! With pre-approved plans, you're already a step ahead. Our process becomes more streamlined, focusing on the key stages to bring your project to life quickly and efficiently:


Consultation: We’ll start with a quick review of your plans.
Project Cost: Next, we’ll outline the costs clearly, so you know exactly what to expect.
Construction Kick-off: With the groundwork done, we’ll get straight to construction.
Updates & Completion: We’ll keep you updated until the final handover of your finished project.

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