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Goodbye carport, hello ADU: A tiny parking spot is reborn as a stunning live-work studio

A 380-square-foot ADU with plenty of storage offers flexibility for a Los Angeles couple and their extended family, including working from home and housing. A 380-square-foot ADU with plenty of storage offers flexibility for a Los Angeles couple and their extended family, including working from home and housing. FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS Read original article here Denial of responsibility! Techno Blender is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source…

A prefab ADU extends the floor plan of a historic L.A. house

Living in a 1,400-square-foot home, Xiyin Tang and Paul Laskow wanted more space for their growing family. Now, they have it: A 320-square-foot prefab accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, that extends their floor plan while preserving their historic 1936 Streamline Moderne home. The couple purchased the historic-cultural monument in the Fairfax District for $1.5 million in the summer of 2020 after it had sat on the market for several months. The three-bedroom, two-bath home was designed by architect William Kesling as a…

What can go wrong when building an ADU?

We’ve all seen the stories about egregious delays and cost overruns affecting seemingly every public construction project, large or not-so-large. But anyone who’s done major home improvement work will tell you that delays and budget-busting surprises plagued them too.ADU experts agreed that the key to avoiding unexpected delays and cost increases is to have your contractor thoroughly inspect your property up front to see exactly what work will be required. Building officials say it’s also crucial to work with someone who…

Finding the right contractor for your ADU

In many ways, an accessory dwelling unit is as complex and demanding a construction project as a full-sized house. So even if you have a clear vision for what your ADU will look like, all the way down to the sink fixtures and the recessed lighting, you’re still going to need to hire some help to bring it to fruition.For starters, you’ll need a site plan that complies with local land use and design rules. You’ll also need to build the unit in compliance with state safety, fire and green building standards, then meet the…

How to come up with the plans to build an ADU

What do you want your ADU to look like? You’ve probably been thinking about this ever since you started toying with the idea of building one. But now that you’ve decided to take the leap and you’ve figured out a way to pay for the construction, you’re confronting the question in earnest. There are all sorts of related issues too. What sort of ADU could fit in your backyard, and where would you put it? What kind of home could you make out of your garage? How many rooms can you squeeze into a limited amount of square…

A run-down garage in Los Angeles is reborn as a tiny, light-filled ADU

Bridget Bousa knew from the start that she wanted a functional home and not just a temporary guest house when she added an accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, in her backyard.When the first-time home buyer purchased the 1925 three-bedroom, two-bath home in the Fairfax district in 2021, she loved everything about the charming storybook cottage except the garage. “The garage was falling apart, and the foundation was messed up,” Bousa said. “I couldn’t park my car in there. I knew when I bought the house that I wanted to…

How much does it cost to build an ADU?

Once you’ve decided to build an ADU, the real fun starts: finding a way to pay for it.That won’t be an issue if you’ve got enough money in the bank to buy a Ferrari — go ahead and start interviewing contractors. Everyone else will have to line up some kind of financing to cover not just the price of labor and materials, but also planning and permitting costs.“We see very few ADUs completed for less than a couple hundred thousand dollars at this point,” said Alex Czarnecki, CEO of the design-build firm Cottage. He said…

How to decide whether to build an ADU

Accessory dwelling units are one of the hottest items in California’s housing industry, inspiring a slew of companies to try their hand at designing and building them. So amid the hype, you may be asking yourself whether you should ride the cresting wave and put an ADU on your property too.Less than a decade ago, a better question would have been, “Can I even get a permit for an ADU?” And in many communities, the answer would have been “No” — local land-use rules, building requirements and permit fees were designed to…

Learn the pros and cons of building an ADU in California

Maybe you feel like you’ve outgrown your home but can’t afford to buy a larger one. Maybe you need an extra bed and bathroom for your aging parents or a daughter just out of college. Or maybe you just need some extra income.These are a few of the reasons why Southern Californians are racing to build accessory dwelling units — small, fully equipped homes on the same lot as a larger house (usually, the house they live in). In 2021, ADUs accounted for 15% of the housing units approved in California — a stunningly high…

ADU tips for Los Angeles residents

Now that the housing crisis in California has made density a virtue, the ability to build accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, on single-family lots is opening up a new way of living for many Los Angeles residents.But building an ADU isn’t easy, with numerous permitting delays, headaches and surprises. “ADUs are tricky and require professional expertise to strategically work through a variety of complex issues,” says architect Melissa Shin, who has built several ADUs throughout Los Angeles. Common dilemmas include difficult…