Home remodeling can vary widely in scale and scope. From small projects like cabinet resurfacing to whole home additions, remodeling a home can be both rewarding and overwhelming. ADU stands for accessory dwelling units and building one in your home is an example of a remodeling project that can be stressful but beneficial at the same time.
The term “accessory dwelling unit” may sound like just a fancy way of saying home addition, but it’s actually more than that. In fact, home additions are a subtype of ADUs. Other ADUs include garage conversions and detached constructions. Let our remodeling experts at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Southeast Florida walk you through these three main types of ADUs and explain each of their pros and cons.
Existing Garage Conversions
Converting a garage is perhaps the easiest and most affordable type of ADU construction, especially if the garage is already at the front of your home. Bathroom remodeling is especially easy because front-facing garages often have clear access to the main water and sewage lines, a job that can drive home addition costs through the roof. The rest of the expenses usually go to architectural planning, engineering, electrical, and energy efficiency calculations.
Attached Home Additions
The main difference between an attached ADU and a full home addition is that ADUs can be built as a separate unit from the rest of the home. The main drawback of this type of construction is that it may render some rooms unusable while the build is on-going. These types of ADUs are a little bit more expensive than garage conversions mainly because they also include property surveys and soil reports.
You can think of detached ADUs as building a mini home because that is mainly what it actually is. This means you’ll also need to do some bathroom and kitchen remodeling, as well as finishing interiors on a second smaller home on your property. All this combined makes detached ADUs one of the most expensive remodeling projects you could ever take on.
At DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Southeast Florida, we can help you build whatever type of ADU fits your goals. Give us a call at (561) 935-3915 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate and start a conversation today. We serve homeowners in Jupiter, FL and other nearby areas.