Why Build an ADU? For the Joy of Creation

While there’s plenty of practical rationale to building an ADU, what truly makes the endeavor worthwhile is the act of creating something enduring.

Explaining the financial rationale behind building an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is rather straightforward; it’s an investment. The logic goes, “By constructing an ADU in your backyard, you’re not merely expanding your property’s footprint, but you’re substantially boosting its market worth. Prospective buyers will appreciate the versatility that an additional dwelling provides – it’s extra space, or better, it’s a lucrative rental opportunity!” Surely, an ADU can serve as a guesthouse, home office, or creative studio, or simply a distinct sanctuary for contemplation while preserving the integrity of the main house.

Beyond the practical considerations, what really resonates with me, is something much more invaluable. It is the Joy of Creation.

Beyond the practical considerations, what really resonates with me, is something much more invaluable. It is the Joy of Creation.

Building is a primal act of shaping one’s environment. Upon completing a project like this, you can step back and declare, “I did this.” An architecture project resonates with stories, becoming a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Across human history, architecture has stood as a symbol of culture, mirroring societal values through the prominence of specific building types and the attention to detail in their design. It’s telling whether a society prioritizes knowledge, spirituality, or commerce and finance based on its architectural landscape. Are the city’s most prominent buildings banks and shopping malls, or are libraries grand and central? Do the government buildings resemble cathedrals, reflecting a reverence for secular values?

While you may not have the opportunity to have your main residence custom-built, you can certainly play a role in a smaller residential project like an ADU.

image = hands finishing concrete footing

It’s important to acknowledge that challenges will inevitably arise during construction. From navigating permits to dealing with unforeseen plumbing issues and budget constraints, hurdles are a natural part of the process.  However, it’s also important to remember that these hurdles come with an expiration date, and are all part of the journey.

Viewing them as a year-long puzzle allows you to approach them with patience and determination, knowing that once solved, you’ll look back with a sense of accomplishment.

While you may not have the opportunity to have your main residence custom built, you can certainly play a role in a smaller residential project like an ADU.

Challenges are transient storms; the satisfaction of creating something enduring is everlasting. From drawings on paper to a tangible structure you can walk through, work in, and sleep in, you can help build a physical and enduring object that you will be proud of and inevitably becomes a part of your story.

You can help build a physical and enduring object that you will be proud of and inevitably becomes a part of your story.

We provide comprehensive ADU plans, fully designed for both exterior and interior, ready for construction. With no need for additional architect involvement, you can seamlessly hand off the plans to your general contractor and witness your project come to life.