5 Misunderstood Facts About Accessory Dwelling Units
When you think about the future of residential living, what comes to your mind? Many Americans would say flexible spaces that are eco-friendly and convenient. The “American Dream” 2.0 is centered around working from home, flexible spaces, and live-in grandparents. While many people see ADUs as a more innovative way to create affordable housing and increase density on land already used, there are still some common misconceptions about ADUs.
1: ADUs Are Bad for the Environment
2: ADUs Are Eye Sores
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Most ADUs are beautifully constructed and equipped with modern amenities. Perfect for home offices, live-in guests, and monthly rentals, ADUs can give your home a modern flair while granting you extra space and an alternative source of income. What’s more beautiful than that? Additionally, most ADUs are constructed in backyards and have little impact on your home’s street view.
3: ADUs Cause Parking Problems
There is zero evidence that ADUs cause parking problems. According to a study conducted by the City of Portland, the nation’s ADU leader, ADUs were responsible for 744 cars in the city, while single-family homes were responsible for 266,440. Additionally, the average single-family home accounted for 1.53 cars, while the average ADU accounted for 0.93 cars. As the old adage goes, numbers don’t lie.
4: ADUs Will Bring Noisy Construction to Your Neighborhood
Many ADU contractors build their tiny homes off-site. This allows for zero construction noise and no frustrated neighbors. However, it is recommended that you keep your neighbors informed about your ADU construction process. Many might even find it interesting, and if there is any unwanted noise on ADU delivery day, keeping them informed can help lessen any disturbances.
5: ADU Residents Don’t Pay Taxes and Drain Community Resources
Contrary to the assumptions of this myth, ADU residents pay taxes that support local infrastructure like schools, roads, and parks. According to a recent study by Berkley, a $100,000 ADU generates an additional $80,000 of indirect spending in a city’s local economy when most purchases are made locally. The findings from this study prove that ADU’s can help to improve a community’s local economy, not harm it.