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ADU or Accessory Dwelling Units – also known as secondary unit, in-law or mother-in-law unit, granny flat, or carriage house – serve the purpose of creating more independent, smaller space in already built structures, homes, or workplaces. ADU contractors are in demand for the way they can enhance space by converting it into rental units, secondary rooms, backyard sheds, garage units, entertainment units, guest rooms, office space, etc. There are over 50,000 people in California’s Placentia with over 63% houses that are owner-occupied and about 16,000 households. ADU contractors and companies in Placentia can be consulted when the need for additional rooms arises. These contractors, according to the budget and the space to be established, make suggestions that best suit the needs of the clients.

While ADU contractors are eventually going to take up the project, it is wise to know certain things before you make a decision. Clients have the liberty to choose the location of the ADU as depending of the conditions and budget, it can be established in numerous ways. Let’s have a look at some of these ways.

1. Detached ADU

Detached ADUs are physically separated from the primary building, acting as stand-alone. These can be built if the client wants more personal space. For example, families looking to rent out the ADU would want more privacy for themselves and the renter. In that case, the ADU may be more complicated and costly, with bathroom and kitchenette also included in the unit. Similarly, families may decide to build an ADU in order to accommodate independent living, joint family system, and elderly people who want to avoid old homes. In order to save money, children may live in with their family in a separate unit, with the option of paying rent to the parents. Detached ADU can also help in decluttering space in the form of store rooms, backyard sheds, etc. so that items that are not used too frequently can be safely stored and accessed. They may also be used to create separate entertainment units in the form of pools, gym, yoga centre, play area, etc., to add a luxurious appeal to homes.

2. Attached ADU

Attached ADU is adjacent to the primary building with the option of direct or separate entrance, depending on the privacy needed. These are ideal for those clients looking to accommodate nanny, house help, or guests. Such ADUs may or may not have separate bathrooms, depending on the space available and the extent of independence and privacy to be given to the ADU inhabitants. This is also ideal for creating library, study room, music room, play area, etc., where elderly supervision is required. Moreover, attached ADUs may be useful for creating space for garage if the primary building does not have one. The garage, in that case, could have an internal entrance from the primary building.

3. Attached (Above Garage) ADU

ADUs can also be built above the garage structure, often ideal for storage purposes or in cases of limited space, for independent living. Since such a structure requires staircase, it may become a bit costly, but nonetheless, it can create greater space for storage or living. Much like an attic, the attached (above garage) ADU is helpful in keeping items locked and out of reach until the need arises.

4. Interior (Basement) ADU

Basement ADU serves the purpose of creating space and additional rooms for the family occupying the home. It would be inconvenient to build an interior (basement) ADU for renting purposes or as storage since underground construction is quite costly. However, this is a good option for those who need more space within the confines of the primary building or those who only have the basement to utilize. Building these ADUs requires a lot of attention towards the stability of the primary building, the water seepage factors, among many other requirements.

5. Interior (Converted Garage) ADU

People who do not require a garage often convert it into interior (converted garage) ADU which may not cost a lot as the structure of the building is already developed. The contractor would merely have to upgrade the quality of the structure and make segregations according to the requirement of the client and the purpose of the ADU. These sorts of ADUs are constructed for rental purposes or for creating independent space for members of the household. With little changes, such a garage may be converted into a storeroom as they do not require much attention to detail. Moreover, this is a budget-friendly project as the major costs would be covered by the presence of an existing structure to work with.

6. Interior (Upper Floor) ADU

The interior (upper floor) ADU is ideal for transforming the house from a one-storey building to a two-storey one, or from a two-storey building to a three-storey one, depending on the regulations pertaining construction in the residential area. Building such an ADU comes with its challenges. If there is no access to the roof through the primary building, a new staircase would have to be built, either from the inside of the primary building or the outside. Such a project requires high precision and hence the clients should choose a contractor who has had experience building something of the sort.

Keeping in view the various ways of building ADUs, it is important to consider some things because you eventually make a decision:

  • Evaluate the budget you have and tweak the envisaged ADU accordingly
  • Identify the requirement of building an ADU and also think of possible ways of transforming the space according to future needs
  • Familiarise yourself with local codes and ordinances governing property and ADU building
  • Think about any other alternatives that may reduce cost
  • Talk to a contractor who has had similar projects as the one you wish you hire them for
  • Communicate your concerns and envisaged ADU
  • Get quote from multiple contractors and compare
  • Finally, make your decision keeping in view profit and loss, if any

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Does Placentia allow ADUS?
ADU stands for “Accessory Dwelling Unit” and the JADU is a “Junior ADU” in Placentia. The name ADU is the official name the State of California gave when they mandated that Placentia must allow them to be built. It’s also another name for “grandma unit” or “guest house” and more. -click here for all ADU rules
What is a Garage Conversion?
In the city of Placentia there are many houses that don’t have a large back yard, so the state mandates that Placentia and all cities allow garage conversion (JADU or Junior ADU) to be built. Placentia can’t make you add more parking due to this. Build a small home in your garage legally. -click here for all ADU rules
What make an ADU legaly in Placentia?

Every ADU built in Placentia needs to have a minimum of a small kitchen with a fridge, range (or cook-top), cabinets for storage, sink and a certain amount of countertop space for food preparations. Placentia also requires a hood and fan with ducting to the outside for the kitchen. Then you also need a full bathroom (tub or shower or both) and a sleeping area of no less than 7′ x 7′.

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How much does an ADU cost in Placentia?

There is not magical short answer due to the fact that an ADU in Placentia requires it to function as a small home requiring all the utilities, living spaces and more. Some ADUS pull all their power, water and sewer from the main home when others are a full stand-alone unit with their own utility bills. This will change the pricing dramatically.

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Does my ADU need to be detached in Placentia?

In Placentia you can do either, attached or detached. If it’s attached to your home, you have to have a separate entrance for the ADU and no access from the house into the ADU. You can also convert your garage to an ADU.

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What is a JADU?

Basically in Placentia, a JADU is the same as an ADU but it’s limited to 500 square feet or less. Most of the time they are built in small backyards or as a garage conversion, or converting existing rooms in your house.

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