It can be a home office, children’s study, extra living space or an income-producing rental. The accessory dwelling unit, better known as an ADU, has been popping up on Bay Area properties more and more.
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An answer to an affordable expansion of living space or an affordable housing alternative, the popularity and demand for ADUs has seen phenomenal growth, propelled as well by the COVID-19 pandemic that made working and learning from home the new normal.
According to Sam Ruben, chief sustainability officer for the Oakland-based Mighty Buildings, a premier constructor of ADUs throughout California, the increase in the demand for ADUs is also due to the streamlining of the permitting process for the units and requiring communities to allow them, albeit with some restrictions.
“The state and many cities have embraced ADUs as low-hanging fruit in the effort to solve the housing affordability crisis,” he adds.
Former city of San Leandro council member Ed Hernandez was instrumental in reducing ADU permit costs and fees in San Leandro and is now focused on driving housing solutions. He is collaborating with Mighty Buildings to stimulate ADU adoption and is promoting them through his real estate brokerage and an East Bay Times Small Business grant.
“Of utmost importance,” Hernandez also calls housing “critical to our well-being.” He adds, “With looming evictions due to pandemic reasons, there needs to be more housing solutions to help prevent homelessness.”
Mighty Buildings has created unique 3D printed prefabricated units and can help meet this increasing demand, particularly the portion which cannot be met otherwise due to a lack of skilled labor and the volatile cost of traditional building materials.
Consider the space required for the addition of an ADU on your property. Typically a 5-foot setback from the fence and 5 to 10 feet of space between structures are required. ADUs can range from 350 square feet to just under 1,200 square feet.
When Chris McGougan of San Leandro was considering a home nearby for his parents, he opted for the turnkey solution that an ADU by Mighty Buildings could provide. His backyard proved ideal for the 700-square-foot unit with one bedroom and one bathroom.
“After engaging an architect and working through about 80 percent of the plans to build a traditional unit, I paused because I was looking for the right contractor to do the work and was a little overwhelmed with the process. I looked around and found Mighty Buildings,” McGougan says.
What impressed him the most, he says, is the turnkey solution. “They took the project from soup to nuts, and I didn’t have to manage the project from the site assessment and the permitting process to the delivery and installation.”
It takes about two weeks to manufacture the modular units. A foundation is poured and the units are dropped onto the foundation and welded into place. This particular unit arrived with luxury vinyl plank flooring, 8-foot ceilings, Andersen sliding French doors, a kitchen appointed with a refrigerator, a microwave/convection oven, induction cooktop, dishwasher, and cabinetry with built-in pull-down shelves …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment