Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) are only just becoming realized as a viable way to create a second smaller dwelling on an existing property. The independent dwelling has its own bathroom and kitchen and can be established as an attached or detached unit. There are many benefits, especially in communities where affordable housing in limited. ADU’s also allow an increase in the community housing supply without further land development.
ADU’s can be a means to creating a close, but independent living space for a senior wishing to age in place. Many young adults need a respite while transitioning from school or a job. An ADU can also be a means of additional income for the homeowner.
Many towns have established their own ordinances for ADU’s which do have square footage limitations. Both permits and financing are often much easier to acquire. Accessory Dwelling Units are an affordable, practical way to create additional space.