Can you turn your high ceiling into an ADU?
This is an interesting thought. Let’s think this through to see what might be possible. For over a decade and a half we have been designing and building high ceiling conversions in the empty ceilings in California. These are also known as loft additions. But they are limited to merely open lofts. Anytime type of room can be built in these wide open spaces.
If you have a high volume or vaulted ceiling, typically an open-to-below space from the second floor, you may be able to convert that space into an ADU. That’s the head on approach, but are there other options? Yes…read on.
There are new laws effective in 2020 that apply to accessory dwelling units across California. Due to the affordable housing shortage in California the State has mandated new rules for ADUs and now JADUs. An ADU stands for accessory dwelling unit. JADU stands for junior accessory dwelling unit. These are separate dwelling units that can be designed and built complete with bedrooms, bathrooms, living spaces, laundries and kitchenettes. In essence these are secondary homes that may be permitted on lots zoned as single-family residence.
TRULOFT in a specialty (niche) service that converts high ceilings into new rooms. How can a homeowner benefit by combining a loft addition with an ADU or JADU conversion?
It may be entire possible to convert your high ceiling into a new ADU or JADU. However, that would typically call for a new set of stairs to access the new second floor unit if this was being designated as a rental unit to outside tenants. Although this may be possible, the design might not be appealing for two entries without paying for a lot of extra work to make it happen properly and to code. With a creative design plan the TRULOFT team can review your property to see if you can convert another part of your house into a JADU, for example, with a separate entry and use the high ceiling to build a new replacement room for the main residence. This way your house doesn’t have to shrink in size just because you want to convert part of your home into an ADU or JADU.
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