How much does an ADU cost to build?
Up-To-Date Accessory Dwelling Unit Construction Pricing
Truplans Inc is working with several licensed construction companies and is authorized to forward pricing, on their behalf, to homeowners for accessory dwelling units and junior ADUs for their projects. You can receive a basic ball park estimate by providing general information about your project online. Then you can also receive a more detailed official estimate when a property evaluation is conducted.
Truplans Inc can also provide the onsite home-evaluation for design and planning ideas in the process.
If you would like an estimate for an ADU project please contact TRUPLANS INC using the button below. This will link you to the form to request an estimate for construction of an ADU project in Southern California.
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.
Contact the TRULOFT team to schedule a review. Call or fill out the form below.
TRULOFT is a co-op of four companies;
TRUPLANS – expert loft addition design & structural plans
TRUADDITIONS CORP – expert loft addition construction
CA LOFT – Lofts by Aaron and Luis Inc - expert loft addition construction
HUGE GRACE INC – strategic property development
ADU BASIC e-book
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Welcome to TRUSPEC-A-D-U by TRUPLANS INC.
NEW CALIFORNIA ADU LAWS
New laws recently passed in the state of California make it easier for homeowners to build additional dwellings on their property even if their home is zoned as a single-family residence. These dwellings may be attached or detached to the existing home and are called accessory dwelling units. An accessory dwelling unit or A-D-U is also frequently referred to as a granny flat, in-law suite, or a backyard home. A-D-Us can have living quarters, bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchenette and laundry room that are separate from the main residence.
In the past, A-D-Us were primarily permitted for family members. Now with the new A-D-U laws there are also provisions for homeowners to rent these units to outside tenants which can provide an additional source of rental income.
The new laws are in response to the ongoing affordable housing shortage in California. Effective in twenty-twenty homeowners and property developers may be able to build a new structure, convert an existing structure or modify a part of a residence into an A-D-U, Junior-A-D-U or both.
In the past two A-D-U construction categories presented the majority of building options; the custom A-D-U and the prefab A-D-U.
Custom refers to a structure that it is uniquely designed and built to fit the homeowner’s design preferences and property size.
Prefab is short for prefabricated which mean the structure is made in a factory off site and then assembled on the property.
Either option is not cheap. One might imagine that prefab accessory dwellings would cost much less than custom, but this is not always the case. In fact, prefab A-D-Us can cost much more per square foot than even custom built accessory dwellings.
There is a third category introduced by TRUPLANS INC. In addition to serving clients with both custom and prefab ADU options TRUPLANS has introduced a third A-D-U category called prespec. The prespec A-D-U is a cost effective option to both custom and prefab and is being introduced under the TRUSPEC-A-D-U brand and trademark.
TRUSPEC-A-D-U is an accessory dwelling unit that has been fully pre-designed, pre-specified and pre-packaged making them more adaptable & more affordable than custom or prefab.
Just like a homebuilder will construct several different models within a tract of homes, TRUSPEC A-D-U is pre-planned with a handful of models that are ideal for each area. This method of tract style A-D-U models along with adaptable exterior building features lends itself to being cost effective to build and yet customizable to make them more agreeable with homeowner associations.
We invite you to order your free e-book titled, “ADU Basics” a short guide to accessory dwelling units in California. Look for the free order form below this video.
For more information about California ADU Legislation go to:
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
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Accessory dwelling unit or ADU construction cost can easily be estimated. TRUPLANS INC has been working with homeowners and contractors for years providing accurate pricing for custom accessory dwelling units. Whether it is for a new accessory dwelling unit or legalizing an existing structure we can help.
What categories of ADU projects do we estimate?
There different types of ADUs; custom, prefab, prespec, mobile and modular homes. They are also referred to sometimes as a granny flat, in-law suite or a backyard home. Truplans Inc provides planning services for all cetgories, however, we only estimate construction costs for custom and/or prespec ADUs. In the future we may provide prefab ADU construction estimates as well.
How Can a Planning Company (TRUPLANS INC) Provide ADU Construction Estimates?
Our team has been providing construction estimates since 2004 for multiple contracting companies. In 2020 we currently provide an authorized estimating service for several contracting companies today. Since we know your project initmately we are able to provide accurate estimates for accessory dwelling units as well as other types of construction. However, we do not provide competing bids between the contractors we provide this service for.
Overview of Prefab and Custom ADU construction estimates;
Prefab ADU and Custom ADU cost
The cost of custom accessory dwelling units will vary widely depending upon;
TRUSPEC-ADU is an ADU brand introduced by TRUPLANS INC and is categorized as a prespec ADU system that removes some of the variables associated with both custom and prefab ADU choices.
A Prespec ADU is a feasible price option for accessory dwelling unit’s plans and construction for a completed, fully equipped finished product. The only thing you really need to supply afterwards is your own choice of paint options and furniture.
How Much Does an ADU cost?
1. ONLINE ESTIMATE REQUEST (fairly accurate) - fill out the online estimate request form.
2. HOME EVALUATION (most accurate) - click or call TRUPLANS/TRUADDITIONS 714.289.4652