Adding an ADU to your home can come with many benefits, however before you start building, there are a few things you should know. Designing an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) for your property requires careful consideration to ensure it meets your needs, complies with local regulations, and maximizes both functionality and aesthetics. Whether you plan to use it as a rental property, a guest house, or a space for family members, keeping all the relevant factors in mind during the design process is crucial.
We understand this might sound daunting, but that’s where we come in. Our team of designers understands the challenge and can use state of the art 3D technology to create a design that allows you to fully visualize the plans. Contact us any time to learn more about adding an ADU to your property in 2023, and keep reading for more things to keep in mind along the way.
Things to consider before adding an ADU
Determine the Purpose
Before you set out to design an ADU with us, determine the purpose of it. Will it be a rental unit, a guest house, or a living space for family members? Understanding the intended function will help you make design decisions that align with your needs, prioritizing the features that are most important for your unique plans. Consider the number of bedrooms and bathrooms required, living space layout, and any specific amenities necessary for the intended use.
Choose the Right Size
Evaluate the available space in your backyard and determine the appropriate size for your ADU. The size should align with your needs, local regulations, and the overall aesthetics of your property. We can help you carefully consider the layout, ensuring efficient use of space and creating a functional and comfortable living environment.
Seamlessly Blend with Your Home
The aesthetics of the design of your ADU should blend seamlessly with the primary home on the property. This is the best way to make sure your ADU adds to the beauty of the property and does not stick out in a bad way. It is also helpful when you decide to sell your property to have an aesthetically pleasing ADU that looks beautiful with the main house.
We will help you design your ADU to complement the architectural style of your main house and the overall aesthetics of your property. Cohesiveness in design enhances the visual appeal and value of both structures. Consider factors such as rooflines, exterior finishes, materials, and color schemes to achieve a harmonious and visually pleasing result.
Natural Light and Ventilation
When it comes to adding an ADU, we recommend incorporating ample natural light and ventilation into the design of your ADU by utilizing large windows, skylights, or glass doors to bring in natural light and create an open and inviting atmosphere. Proper ventilation will help maintain indoor air quality and promote comfort. We can work together to consider the orientation of the unit and the placement of windows to maximize natural light and airflow.
Keep Privacy in Mind
Ensure privacy for both the ADU occupants and the main house residents. Strategically position windows and outdoor spaces to minimize overlooking and create a sense of privacy. Consider the use of landscaping, fences, or screens to provide visual separation and create individual spaces. The more you can make each feel like it is entirely its own residence, the better. If you aren’t sure how to accomplish this, or any other important element in the design, don’t worry; that’s where we come in.