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Prefab ADU in Santa Barbara County

Abodu makes and installs prefab homes for play, passive income and possibility in as little as 6 months.

About Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County, known for its beautiful coastlines and wine country, is also becoming a pioneer in housing solutions. One such solution gaining popularity is the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), a versatile and often more affordable housing option. In particular, prefab ADUs are providing homeowners with a streamlined and cost-effective way to add space to their properties. Abodu, a leader in ADU construction, offers premium prefab ADUs tailored for Santa Barbara County residents.

Benefits of having an ADU in Santa Barbara County

ADUs offer several advantages for homeowners. They can provide additional rental income, accommodate family members, increase property value, and contribute to the community by addressing housing shortages. Moreover, as prefab units are constructed off-site and delivered ready to be installed, they promise a faster, more efficient, and less disruptive building process compared to traditional construction methods.

An Abodu One being installed with a crane.

An Abodu One being installed with a crane.

Santa Barbara County  ADU requirements

When planning to build a prefab ADU in Santa Barbara County, you must adhere to specific requirements. The Santa Barbara County Planning Department is the best place to learn about ADU requirements.


How much does an ADU cost in Santa Barbara County?

Abodu offers no-nonsense price transparency for their accessory dwelling units.

Building Permits

How do I get an ADU permit in Santa Barbara County?

The permitting process for building an ADU involves submitting detailed plans and documentation—such as floor plans, energy calculations, and engineering data—to the county planning department for review. The office will permit the homeowner or ADU company if the plans comply with local building codes and regulations.


What are the top ADU requirements in Santa Barbara County?

Since ADUs are functional living spaces separate from the primary residence, California law requires secondary units to have access to basic utilities like water, sewage, and electricity. Additionally, each city within Santa Barbara County Has specific requirements for ADU utilities like fire sprinklers and water meters.


How do I finance an ADU in Santa Barbara County?

You can finance prefab ADU projects through various channels, including home equity loans, personal loans, or savings. Some prefab ADU companies also offer financing solutions, making the process easier for homeowners.

FAQs: Prefab ADUs in [NAME]

Fee schedules for ADU permits in Santa Barbara County vary by city and unit size, but you can expect to pay a few thousand dollars. Find more information on your city's permitting page. Our Abodu Project Managers handle the permitting process for all prefab ADU builds.

California state law mandates a minimum distance of 4 feet between the ADU and a homeowner’s property line.

In Santa Barbara County, ADUs may not exceed a floor area of 1,200 square feet. Size requirements are based on several factors, including the lot size, so be sure to check local ADU regulations.

ADUs usually come equipped with several essential appliances, including, but not limited to:

  • Stove or cooktop

  • Refrigerator

  • Oven

  • Dishwasher

  • Washer and dryer

  • Water heater

  • HVAC system

These appliances enhance the comfort and functionality of any living space.

Planning a prefab ADU in Santa Barbara? Abodu is ready to help you navigate the process of adding a beautiful, functional ADU to your home.

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Upgrade your property with a custom prefab ADU by Abodu. We off full end-to-end service, including permitting, site work, construction, and delivery. Schedule a call or visit our showroom today.

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