What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit? How McKeen Construction is a Community Partner in ADU's

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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs): A Solution for Modern Living

In recent years, there has been a growing trend in the housing market that seeks to address various challenges faced by homeowners and communities alike. One such innovative solution is the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), and McKeen Construction is at the forefront of creating these versatile living spaces. In this blog, we'll dive into what ADUs are and how they are transforming the way we live while showcasing how McKeen Construction is a dedicated community partner in making ADUs a reality.

Understanding Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

An Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADU for short, is a self-contained living space that typically includes a private kitchen, bathroom facilities, and sleeping areas. What sets ADUs apart is that they are often located on the same property as an existing house, making them a unique and versatile addition to any home. Here at McKeen Construction, we specialize in creating these additional living spaces that can serve a variety of purposes.

Advantages of ADUs: Meeting Diverse Needs

The surge in ADU popularity is not without reason; these versatile living spaces offer a range of advantages that appeal to a broad spectrum of homeowners and communities:

  1. Multi-Generational Living Potential: ADUs allow families to live together while still maintaining independence. Whether it's elderly parents, adult children, or extended family members, everyone can have their own space while being close by. 
  2. Fulfilling Community Needs of Affordable Housing: As communities grapple with affordable housing shortages, ADUs provide an excellent solution. These units can be rented out, helping homeowners generate passive income while also addressing local housing needs.
  3. Flexibility for Space: ADUs offer flexibility in how you utilize your property. Whether you need a home office, a rental income source, or a place for guests, ADUs can adapt to your evolving needs.
  4. Increased Property Value: Adding an ADU can significantly boost the value of your property. This is an investment in both your current living situation and your future financial well-being.
  5. Rental Unit for Passive Income: Renting out an ADU can be a lucrative source of passive income, helping homeowners offset their mortgage payments or save for other financial goals.

Types of ADUs: How to Incorporate Them into Your Home

ADUs come in different forms, each with its own advantages and considerations. When it comes to incorporating ADUs into your home, there are three primary types:

  1. Attached: This involves expanding your current home's footprint to allow for an attached structure. This type of ADU can seamlessly blend with your existing home and is perfect for those looking to create additional space without sacrificing their current living arrangements.
  2. Detached: Building a new unit that is independent of the existing home, such as a garden suite, offers complete privacy and a sense of autonomy. This is an ideal option for homeowners who want a separate living space.
  3. Conversion: Converting an existing space, such as a garage or basement, into a secondary dwelling can ensure a sustainable and efficient use of available space.

At McKeen Construction, we understand the transformative power of ADUs. We are not just builders; we are community partners dedicated to enhancing the way you live. If you're considering incorporating an ADU into your property or have questions about how ADUs can benefit your community, contact us today. Together, we can explore the endless possibilities of ADUs and make your vision a reality.