The rise in property costs and lack of affordable housing in California has created a need for alternative solutions. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) have become increasingly popular across the state as an effective and affordable housing option. Let us look at how pre-approved ADU housing can help with the California housing crisis.
The California Housing Crisis
California faces a huge housing shortage, creating a vicious cycle that continually feeds into the problem. Due to the lack of affordable housing, rent and property prices are at an all-time high, making it challenging for the low-income population to afford housing. As a result, the state also has a significant homelessness issue.
Why Build Accessory Dwelling Units for Housing?
An accessory dwelling unit is a secondary housing construction built in a lot alongside a main house or other structure. These units can sometimes be referred to as granny flats, tiny homes or guest houses, and they can exist on their own as a smaller version of a primary house. An ADU usually has a kitchen, living area, bedroom and separate entrance from the main house, making it an ideal housing option.
How Pre-Approved ADUs Can Help With the Housing Crisis
To combat the housing crisis, state lawmakers have implemented several measures, including the Accessory Dwelling Unit Standard Plan Program, and lifted specific barriers that restricted the creation of ADUs in the past. The program enables developers and homeowners to build ADUs based on over 20 pre-approved plans, presenting an opportunity for increased affordable housing options.
Accessory dwelling units are an excellent choice for young people who are starting out and cannot afford larger single-family homes. They are also great for housing older family members. Many ADUs fall into the category of smaller housing that appeals to various price points rather than luxury living spaces. Adding ADUs to the rental market also opens up more housing options in California that combat increasing rental costs.
Homeowners who build ADUs on their properties can also benefit from the additional income from rentals and the increased property value while providing a strategic solution for the housing crisis.
Start Planning With Valley Home Builders
An accessory dwelling unit can create additional space on your property or enable you to house younger or older family members. At Valley Home Builders, we can help you construct an ADU that meets all your needs and design goals in the San Jose and Bay Area. We work closely with you from start to finish, offering expert advice and quality craftsmanship along the way.
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