Depending on where you live, you may or may not be acquainted with the term “ADU” popping up more and more in conversation. In California, there’s seems to be a gold rush for ADUs, or Accessory Dwelling Units. If you live in the area and would like to get one of your own, keep reading! In this blog, we’ll talk about what these trendy builds are, who they’re for and how you can get one in Cali.  

What is an ADU? 

An ADU, short for Accessory Dwelling Unit, is a small home that can be built on the same lot alongside another, larger single-family home. Other names for an ADU include backyard house, guest house, personal Bread & Breakfast house, casita and In-Law Suite. With all these names, you’ve probably guessed that these units have an extremely wide range of usage, and you would be right! ADUs can be used as a long-term or short-term rental unit, separate office or studio space, a decked out at-home gym, a kids playroom, a comfortable option for an aging parent or in-law, and SO much more. What’s important to remember is regardless of how it’s used, legally an ADU is part of the same property as the main home. Here at Champion® Homes, we take pride in building high-quality ADUs with our innovative offsite building process.  

Who Are ADUs For? 

It’s no secret that ADUs are increasingly popular because they are so versatile. First things first: where are you located? Champion builds ADUs for homeowners in the state of California. Next, you’ll want to make sure your lot is eligible for ADU construction under local zoning laws. Laws vary by location, so check with your local municipality to access the zoning code that’s applicable to your home.  

After that, you’ll also want to make sure someone is actually occupying the main home. It might seem like a no-brainer, but laws are serious about the fact that you can’t live in an ADU unless someone is currently living in the primary dwelling.  

Then, you’ll want to make sure your lot size will work for what you’re planning to build. Permissions on this can also vary from area to area, so you’ll want to see if the lot size you plan to build on will work for what you plan to place. One of the many benefits of purchasing a Champion-built ADU is many of our models are perfect for narrow lots, giving you more bang for your buck. To learn about ADU requirements in the state of California, click here

How Do I Get an ADU? 

So, you’ve learned more and you’re ready to get into the ADU world, huh? With our offsite construction methods, Champion Homes is likely your best choice for finding a well-designed, durable and attainable accessory dwelling unit. Our ADU units can be built and installed rather quickly!  

Looking to learn more about ADUs? Visit the landing page for more information and a contact form.

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