Building an ADU can be a difficult task. You need to know how to go about it the right way in order to have a well-built product that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. That is why we have put together a few tips on how to build your own ADU.
Always Budget First
Before you begin any step of your ADU development, you need to create your budget. The budget will help you stay on track and not overspend. It also helps you figure out how you are going to pay for your entire project.
ADU development costs can be pricey and add up quickly if you don’t know what you’re doing. The last thing you want to do is get halfway through your project and realize you don’t have enough money to finish.
Always Budget For Setbacks
In even the most well throughout plans, setbacks happen. If you do not budget for a few mistakes and setbacks, you could end up not having enough to complete the project.
Don’t Cut Costs On Windows
Many people try to cut costs and save wall space by only installing a couple of windows into their ADU. There are two things wrong with this mindset though.
For starters, no one wants to live in a small dark unit. Natural light brings hominess and comfort to a compact space. You need it to make it feel bigger and more desirable to live in.
Second, by cutting costs on windows in the development stage, you are increasing your electrical bill later on when tenants have to keep their lights on all the tie because there is barely any natural light.
Always Install Laundry
Another place people try to save space and cut costs is by not including a laundry area within the unit. They deeply regret this later on as tenants or themselves start to complain about how annoying it is to have to go to a laundromat.
If you are looking to save money and space, you can always buy a two-in-one washer and dryer. The machine is a washer and dryer in one compact unit that fits nicely under countertops or tucked away in closets. Plus it is a rather affordable option that saves the tenant time and money.