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Prefabricated ADU

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a small, independent residential housing unit built on an existing residential property. ADUs are typically between 350 and 1,200 square feet and usually found in the backyard. They have utility connections and are separate (or have a separate entrance) from the lot's primary home. In some cases, cities may allow a homeowner to appropriate a section of their home to use as an ADU. The most common ADU's in North America are secondary suites, accessory apartments, and in-law units.

When looking to buy an ADU, there are two main types, attached and detached.

ADUs stand to play an increasing role in national housing needs, especially with the emerging housing crisis in major metropolitan areas. But is every property eligible or a fit for an ADU? The lot and the amount of space you have to work with is a critical component of whether an ADU is suitable for your property. Municipal codes, zoning, and bylaws also need to be considered. Municipal considerations periodically change as more cities adopt ADUs.

These details will help you to identify the type of ADU that is appropriate for your situation. It's recommended to work with an ADU designer or manufacturer familiar with the requirements and regulations in your area.

ADUs require fewer natural resources like lumber as they are much smaller in size than the main residence. For this reason, ADUs also require less energy to build and maintain.

As the big-city housing crisis continues to escalate, ADUs offer an alternative housing supply with low ongoing maintenance costs.