What Is an ADU?

Associated Construction Santa Barbara offers an alternative to traditional residential development. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are a great option for homeowners who want to maximize their property’s potential. An ADU is a separate living space built on a residential property that can be used for a variety of purposes. It can be used as an extra bedroom, a home office, or even a rental unit. ADUs can be either attached or detached from the primary residence, and they typically have their own kitchen, bathroom, and living area.

Benefits of an ADU

  • Affordability
  • potential for generating income
  • utilization of underutilized spaces such as garages
  • Opportunity for extended family to stay close while maintaining independence.
  • increased availability of affordable housing in towns, potentially reducing commuting needs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Santa Barbara ADU Construction

At Associated Construction Santa Barbara we are experts in helping clients navigate the complex process of building an ADU, from obtaining permits and designing the unit to managing the construction process.

Our team is highly experienced in all aspects of construction and can provide a wide range of services to meet your unique needs. We are committed to providing high-quality workmanship, exceptional customer service, and take pride in delivering projects on time and within your budget.

We work closely with our clients to ensure that their ADU meets all local and state regulations. We understand the complexities of the permitting process and are committed to making sure that your project meets all legal requirements.

Whether you are looking to build a new ADU or renovate an existing one, Associated Construction Santa Barbara can help you create a space that reflects your lifestyle and enhances your property.

Santa Barbara ADU and ADJU FAQ

What Are The STATE STANDARDS For ADU/JADU Construction?

ADUs, also known as granny flats, in-law units, backyard cottages, or secondary units, are subject to specific regulations. A detached ADU may not exceed 1,200 square feet or 50% of the primary residence’s living area. They can be attached, detached, or repurposed existing structures. A Junior ADU is a part of an existing building footprint, such as a garage ADU, and must not exceed 500 square feet. A single-family zoned property can have one of each.

What to know about Parking Requirements and Setbacks?

Regarding parking requirements and setbacks, one parking space is needed per unit or bedroom, whichever is less, if the property is situated over half a mile from public transit. However, ADUs do not require parking if they are created within an existing space in the home or an accessory structure, such as an existing detached garage. Setbacks must be at least four feet from the side and rear property lines. If an existing structure is demolished and replaced with an ADU, the current setbacks must be maintained.

Cities have 60 days to approve or deny ADUs after receiving an application. Previously, the period was 120 days. Homeowner associations (HOAs) are not permitted to prohibit ADU or JADU development. Impact fees range from $2,000 to $7,000 on average.

Are ADUs a Good Investment?

ADUs can be a good investment for several reasons. First, they provide additional living space on your property, which can increase the value of your home. Second, they can provide rental income if you choose to rent out the ADU. Third, they can provide a solution for multi-generational living, giving you the option to have family members live on your property while maintaining privacy.

How much does it cost to build ADU in Santa Barbara California?

The cost to build an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) in Santa Barbara, California can vary widely depending on a variety of factors such as size, design, materials used, and the specific location of the property. Additionally, local building codes and permit fees can also impact the overall cost of construction. However, as a rough estimate, the cost to build an ADU in Santa Barbara can range from $200,000 to $500,000 or more, depending on the factors mentioned above. It’s recommended to consult with one of our licensed contractors to get a more accurate estimate based on your specific needs and the local building requirements. Give us a call today.

What is the difference between a guest house and an ADU in California?

In order for a structure to be classified as an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), it must include both a complete kitchen and a complete bathroom. Conversely, a guesthouse is not permitted to have a full kitchen, and is only required to have very basic bathroom amenities. The reason for this distinction is that a guesthouse is intended to serve as a temporary dwelling for visitors of the main residence.

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