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

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

The ADU House Plans contain all the necessary information for the contractor to kickstart the building process. We have meticulously crafted our ADU designs to provide comprehensive guidance. With our detailed drawings, you or your contractor should not require any additional design assistance once you receive them.

STEP 1: Assess Your Lot To Determine If You Can Build And How Much

  • Assess your available space for an ADU by considering legal boundaries, zoning regulations, topography, nearby structures, and potential encroachments such as easements on your lot.
  • Understanding this information will help you determine the optimal location for your ADU.
  • Much of this information is available in your official lot survey, including your property’s zoning district. If you don’t have an official survey, search for the zoning map of your jurisdiction using the terms [“City of (your city name)” and “zoning map”]. Once you determine your residential code, search your local zoning ordinance using [“City of (your city name)” and “zoning ordinance”]. This will help you understand applicable development regulations, including permissible location and maximum size for your ADU.
  • You can also choose to have any of these tasks completed by us or your general contractor!

STEP 2: Select an ADU design that you love

Consider the size you want, bedrooms, bathrooms, if it fits within your buildable area, design and aesthetics

Browse our catalog for pre-designed ADUS.

STEP 3: Reach out to General Contractors and Hire One

  • First, reach out to multiple general contractors and present your desired ADU design and project objectives. Consulting with several contractors is vital as pricing may vary significantly among them.
  • Shortlist your options to about three contractors and request cost estimates. Consider factors such as experience, pricing, timeline, communication, and the workload of their team.
  • For further guidance on finding a general contractor, refer to the FAQs section.
  • Select a contractor when you’re ready to commence the project. Securing a contractor early on is advantageous due to fluctuating material costs, labor availability, and high demand. Your GC not only transforms the drawings into a physical building but also serves as the ADU project manager throughout. 

Once you’ve hired a contractor, they will manage the remaining steps. However, we’ve listed them here to help you understand the build process.