You have probably heard of the term ADU by now due to its growing popularity. It seems everyone is becoming interested in having an ADU in their yard. However, since they are still relatively new to popularity, a lot of people have been asking: what is a detached ADU?
A detached ADU is a type of ADU that is a stand-alone unit. They are not attached to the primary house and are instead located somewhere else in the yard. It is one of the most recognizable and popular types of ADUs. Other types of ADUs include:
- Garage conversion
Detached ADUs are often the biggest type of ADU.
Benefits Of Detached ADUs
Detached additional dwelling units are great for people who are looking to have full control over the design of their units. You can control the shape and size of every aspect since you are building from scratch. Also, you can design with more privacy in mind if you plan to rent the unit out for additional income.
Detached ADUs are also great for multi-generational housing. You can house your aging parents without having them in close quarters with you. This provides them and you the independence and privacy you both crave.
Another great benefit to these ADUs is that they can be used as non-living spaces for things like home offices, yoga studios, personal gyms, and even pool houses.
They also add value to your property if you are considering selling in the future. This can increase your price tag by up to 30%.
How Big Are Detached ADUs?
Detached ADUs can be up to 1,200 square feet in the state of California. However, local jurisdictions are allowed to place their own ADU size limits, meaning that where you live may have a stricter size limitation.
No matter where you live, you can build a unit up to 850 square feet as long as you are not violating any other regulations. However, you can avoid development and impact fees if you build a unit under 750 square feet. The minimum size your ADU can be is 150 square feet.