Auxiliary Dwelling Units


Latest news:

February 10, 2016:
More ADUs are expected to be built and installed.


Accessory Dwelling Units:

The ADU acronym is essentially interchangeble when talking about Auxiliary Dwelling Units or Accessory Dwelling Units, and zoning or housing codes will specify whether or not you can add such a dwelling unit on your property. For accessory dwelling units, there may be questoins about whether the local sewage system can handle waste, whether there would be any infringement on a neighbor's property rights, and the unit's environmental impact. On top of that, you are dropping the thing onto your property with a big crane, so your neighbor will probably notice.

What are Auxiliary Dwelling Units (ADUs)?

New Solution for Senior Care and Living

Auxiliary Dwelling Units, known as ADUs in the building industry, are becoming a less expensive alternative to long term care for senior citizens who may need to live in single-floor residences with pre-installed medical equipment. Many of these homes have oxygen lines installed and have specialized electrical setups for other medical equipment. These homes may also include air conditioning and heating that are not present in older houses, and as a secondary advantage the independence of living in an ADU means that your relative will be able to control the thermostat to his or her liking. While these little cottages are commonly called "Granny Pods" they are attractive and are designed to work with equipment that may tax the wiring requirements of the average home.

If you have a relative who could use a little more medical attention at home, or who could live semi-independently if only there was a room with medical equipment, then ADUs provide an alternative that lets you have the room removed when the patient recovers or moves. Overall, the lower expense may also attract insurers who can see the cost savings inherent in reducing the need for long term facilities.

Notes and Special Information

Special note: Always consider all the costs, permits, and necessity to hook up electrical, water, and sewage connections for these homes, in addition to the need to put in a foundation or level spot for the home to sit.