This post was most recently updated on May 17th, 2023
Building an ADU yourself is a major investment. It takes a lot of time, research, and money. To save you on all three of those aspects, here are a few ADU development tips you need to know.
Don’t Skimp On Windows
Yes, you want to maximize the use of all space, horizontal and vertical, but don’t skimp on windows. Natural light helps rooms appear bigger and more open than they are. Building a tiny ADU unit with little to no natural light will make the unit feel dark and cramped. Needless to say, it will be a lot less home-like than if you give up a bit of vertical space to install a few windows.
Have A Laundry Unit
Many people think they don’t need to put in a washer and dryer when they build an ADU but regret it afterward. It is such a hassle to have to bring your clothes to the laundromat. They make stackable units and 2-in-1 units that can fit easily in closets or under tables. Save the future tenant some headache and just add the units in from the start.
Always Start With A Budget
You will most definitely overspend if you don’t set a budget from the start. A budget helps you know how much money you need to secure in financing and what you can and cannot afford. Not setting a budget could result in you running out of funding before your unit is completed.
Plan For A Lot Of Storage
You are going to need more storage than you think. Always try to maximize your space by adding furniture that doubles as storage and making sure there is sufficient space in closets and cupboards.
Plan For Contingency
Things are going to go wrong. Barely ever does a construction project go off without a hitch. Be prepared for mistakes by setting time and extra money aside to overcome them. Also, try to think about common stumbling blocks beforehand so that you are prepared when you run into them.
Don’t Second Guess Yourself
The biggest thing is to not second guess yourself. Stick with the plan otherwise, you will end up wasting more time and money than you need to. As long as you do your research first, you will be fine.