ADU COLLECTION

Unlock More Space: Transformative ADU Plans that are GC-ready.

Explore our collection of  intelligently-designed & fully-detailed 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom ADU plans, crafted for easy construction, ready for your GC to build.

Selection of Our ADU Plans & Designs

LUMINARY

800 SF, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

Luminary is a modern backyard tiny house. It meets the demand for dual bathrooms, boasting two bedrooms and full bathrooms. The expansive common area showcases ten-foot ceilings, ample light from large and clerestory windows. The kitchen integrates built-in appliances and contemporary finishes. The design is highly buildable with 2×6 advanced framing, a slab-on-grade foundation, and a compact 32×26 footprint.

ASCENSION HOME MODEL XL

800 SF, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

City of Raleigh Pre-Reviewed

A detached ADU design, pre-approved by the City of Raleigh. This 2-bedroom, 1-bath unit spans 800 gross square feet with an additional 75 square feet of outdoor deck space. Its open and airy ambiance is enhanced by generous windows, a 9-foot ceiling height, and a spacious kitchen. The 24-foot width by 32-foot length footprint makes it suitable for most lots, and it is available in two colors.

ENDEAVOR

800 SF, 1 bedroom, 1+ bathrooms

Conceived as a luxuriously livable in-law suite, Endeavor is a modern farmhouse ADU design featuring one bedroom and an extra-large bathroom, thoughtfully designed with a separate toilet room for easy guest access. Ideal for aging-in-place and entertaining, it draws inspiration from Scandinavian farmhouses and seamlessly integrates into the Carolinas with its distinctive high-pitched gable roof. The common areas showcase cathedral ceilings and numerous windows, creating a remarkably airy and light-filled atmosphere. With a gable roof and slab-on-grade foundation, it’s easily buildable, and its 26-foot width by 34-foot length footprint accommodates most lots.

ASCENSION HOME MODEL L

630 SF, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom

City of Raleigh Pre-Reviewed

A 1-bedroom, 1-bath detached ADU design that has received pre-approval from the City of Raleigh. This thoughtfully crafted design encompasses 630 gross square feet and includes a 75 square feet outdoor deck area. The smart layout, generous windows, and a nine-foot ceiling height create an open and inviting atmosphere. With a 24-foot width by 24-foot length footprint, it seamlessly fits within most lots. Choose from two available colors to suit your preferences.

What Sets Our ADUs Apart?

In the realm of small-scale construction such as tiny homes or accessory dwelling units (ADUs), budget considerations are shaped by the principles of economies of scale. Therefore, to ensure affordability, our focus is dedicated to optimizing buildability for our Tiny Homes.

Each tiny home in our collection is distinguished by top-tier materials, well-chosen mid-range budget appliances and fixtures, fiberglass windows, and overall, high-quality finishes both inside and out. At small-scale construction, finishes actually play a marginal role in affordability.

Our commitment to design excellence and robust construction is founded on the conviction that, even at the modest scale of 800 square feet, investing in an architect’s expertise brings significant returns.

Opting for enduring quality in your ADU ensures decades of satisfaction, sparing you the hassle of frequent maintenance and replacements. In essence, we design homes with a focus on leaving a lasting legacy.

When you purchase our ADU house plans license, you receive a comprehensive set of drawings, including interior design, and detailed product selections such as energy-star appliances, finishes, plumbing fixtures, lighting, HVAC equipment, and more.

Eliminating the need for additional design input, it’s ready to be handed off to your general contractor for building.

What You Get With Your Purchase

When you acquire a license for our ADU plans, you’ll receive digital House Plans, also known as Construction Documents.

Construction Documents encompass the written and graphic materials crafted by the Architect to articulate and convey the design, structure, and physical attributes of a building project. These documents are essential for obtaining building permits and serve as the required documentation for managing the construction contract between the owner and the General Contractor. Our ADU House Plans comprise a comprehensive construction document set, ready for your contractor to execute into a physical building! The document set includes, at a minimum, the following:

  • Roof framing and floor framing plans and schedules indicating the size, section, and relative locations of all structural members in the ADU.
  • A preliminary foundation layout including foundation walls and footings.
  • Sections and details demonstrating how all architectural and structural components come together
  • Structural connections and fastener schedules
  • Floor plans, framing elevations, building elevations, building sections, ceiling plan, power plan
  • Enlarged plans & elevations indicating the design of the kitchen and bathroom
  • Schedules specifying door panels, window types, light fixtures, appliances, stock casework, exterior finishes, interior finishes, building insulation types, recommended joint sealants, door hardware types, cabinet hardware, plumbing fixtures, toilet accessories
  • Typical architectural details of how various components such as doors, windows, finishes, millwork should be assembled
  • Enlarged wall sections indicating assembly of exterior finishes, building insulation, flashing, structure, and interior finishes
  • Architectural roof details
  • Interior partition types
  • Air sealing details
  • Interior design elements such as interior doors, floor finishes, wall finishes, and casework specifications
  • Designed elements such as: canopy design, guardrail and post design, decorative bathroom details such as glass shower panel installation, recessed medicine cabinet, recessed appliance installation, joint details, finish termination details.

Constructing a building is a complex process that requires the coordination of numerous trades and components. While it can be a meticulous service, having the right set of construction documents makes the building process not only rewarding but also somewhat easier. Additionally, unlike most house plans that lack interior design details, we have gone above and beyond to provide thoroughly-detailed, ready-to-build documentation. This requires no further involvement on our part and minimal effort on your end!

    • a digital file of the 34×22 inch Construction Documents set in PDF Format: (CAD files available for additional fees)
    • 30 minute consultation directly with the Architect
    • 30 minute drawing hand-off discussion between the Architect and your General Contractor
    • Architect Availability  (within reason) to answer questions your GC or you may have

    Upon acquiring a license for our designs and construction documents, you’ll need to sign our (five-page) Terms & Service agreement. This document outlines critical aspects, including the ADU Plans Scope of Work and Deliverables, Architect’s Responsibilities, Recommended Responsibilities for the Purchaser, Usage Rights of the Documents, Indemnification, Limit of Liability, and various other provisions.

Assess Your Lot
Understand what size ADU you can build and where you want to place it
Select an ADU Design!
Choose an ADU design you love and fits on your lot
Hire a General Contractor
Your GC will be your ADU project manager until completion

Initially, the process may seem daunting, but there’s no need to feel overwhelmed!

Your actual role throughout the project is minimal. You can think of your involvement as a three-step process once you have decided to build an ADU.

Cost to Build Your ADU

While we have put forth every effort to design an affordable small home, the final pricing is subject to various factors, particularly the variability and approach of contractors, along with market fluctuations.

As of January 2024, the estimated cost to build an ADU in Raleigh, North Carolina ranges from $240 to $350 per square foot. In different jurisdictions, construction costs can escalate to $500 per square foot. Considering the market’s material price volatility, variations in construction labor, diverse site conditions, utility connections, inflation, and General Contractor factors like the number of projects, GC profit, and overhead, we strongly advise bringing on a general contractor early for current construction estimates.

It’s crucial to recognize that each contractor and subcontractor may price a project differently. We recommend obtaining estimates from at least three different contractors for comparison. Keep in mind that ADUs typically cost more per square foot than regular-sized homes due to economies of scale. With smaller square footage, the same amount of labor needs to be distributed over a smaller area, making small homes comparatively more expensive on a per-square-foot basis (but not overall).

Recently, we’ve observed a variability of 25-40% among contractors in some cases. Stressing the importance of speaking with multiple contractors cannot be overstated.

The most effective cost-cutting strategy for a small home involves designing an efficient structure (foundation, exterior walls, roof), reducing construction time, choosing reputable material manufacturers that warranty their materials.

Given the home’s size, opting for cheap finishes will not significantly impact the overall price, but can actually impair the long-term value.

Where you should expect to see savings in our ADU designs over the average ADU build:

  • Soft Fees: Traditional design fees, typically 10% to 25% of total construction costs, are avoided by using pre-designed ADU plans. This not only saves four to six months of design time but also results in savings of $30,000 to $50,000 in design fees.
  • Manufactured Foundation System for some of our ADU designs and ADU plans: This system requires minimal excavation (moderate site grading for drainage and minimal excavation for utilities only), saving several weeks of construction time.
  • An efficient structural design leads to quicker construction by facilitating easy installation and simplified material sourcing.
  • Long-term Energy Savings: Achieved through a tight building envelope and the use of energy-star appliances.
  • No Large Machinery Needed: Design considerations for potential narrow or limited access to the backyard mean that all materials can be placed and installed by hand or using small machines such as jackhammers.
  • Longevity & Durability: Our homes are designed for lasting durability, featuring high-quality finishes like fiberglass windows, standing seam roofs, and engineered wood floors. This design approach contrasts with generic builder homes that may require frequent maintenance and premature finish replacements.

Custom Solutions & Additional ADU Services

Should you desire personalized design solutions to your ADU plans, you can engage us for supplementary services. None of this is obligatory, feel free to rely on your General Contractor for any of these additional services.

  • Remote Site Consulation

  • Customization to a PreDesigned ADU

  • Feasibility Report for a Custom ADU

  • ADU Custom Interior Design

Frequently Asked Questions

Discover what ADUs are, explore their construction costs, and learn about the process to build one. Our comprehensive FAQ page answers common questions about ADUs

  • How long does it take to build an ADU?

  • Why go with a GC rather than a Builder?

  • How can I find a General Contractor?

  • What are the benefits of the ADU Fast Track program?

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