You Do ADU
Homeowners share advice on building an accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, in Southern California. They cover planning, building, financing, construction and more.
Why do so many projects take months longer than expected and go over budget? ADU experts say it’s often because of problems on your site that could have been averted with better preparation.
When taking on a project of this size and complexity, you’re going to need to hire professionals -- contractors, architects and others. Here’s how.
One of the first decisions to make about your ADU is whether to use a common design or make yours unique. That will help determine which pros to hire.
You’ll probably need some kind of loan to help pay for an ADU. Your options will depend on your income, your home equity and your current mortgage.
The first question to ask before deciding on an accessory dwelling unit is, ‘What am I trying to accomplish?’ Then check whether an ADU is the way to achieve that goal.
You Do ADU, a six-part series, will guide you through the decisions about whether and how to build an accessory dwelling unit in Southern California.