ADU's in ATlanta, GA
If you love your existing Atlanta home and neighborhood, but need more space, what are your options if you don’t want to move? As homeowners look for ways to expand and improve their living spaces, a new trend has emerged that provides an attractive solution for many homeowners.
An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) can be a great way to create new space without having to move. And according to a recent NAHB report, it’s gained a lot of traction. Approximately 20 percent of all remodelers surveyed say that they worked on ADU projects that converted an existing space into new living space. Another 18 percent worked on an ADU that was a new addition.
What Is an ADU?
According to the American Planning Association, “An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a smaller, independent residential dwelling unit located on the same lot as a stand-alone (i.e., detached) single-family home. ADUs go by many different names throughout the U.S., including accessory apartments, secondary suites, and granny flats. ADUs can be converted portions of existing homes (i.e., internal ADUs), additions to new or existing homes (i.e., attached ADUs), or new stand-alone accessory structures or converted portions of existing stand-alone accessory structures (i.e., detached ADUs).
What makes an ADU such an increasingly popular option?
An ADU Can Meet a Variety of Needs
There are many different reasons why homeowners in Atlanta (and other places) may need more space. Some may have aging parents who no longer want the responsibility of maintaining a larger home—but still, want a level of independence. They want to be near family, but they also want their privacy.
Some homeowners have grown children who are just getting started with their careers. They may not be ready to take on the burden of a mortgage, yet. Or they may be facing the possibility of a transfer early in their career. They still need a space of their own while they begin building their futures. An ADU provides space for them to be independent while saving toward a house of their own.
Other homeowners may have a family member with a disability who would benefit from having other family members around—but wants to have a certain degree of autonomy and independence.
In some cases, a homeowner may want a separate space for a hobby such as painting, woodworking, or pottery that is best pursued in some degree of isolation. And with so many of us working from home, there are plenty of homeowners who want or need a dedicated home office that isn’t just a spare bedroom with a desk in it.
For people who entertain overnight guests frequently, an ADU is a great way to provide the warmth and hospitality of a home while providing plenty of privacy and quiet. Here’s a helpful article that looks at some of the additional benefits (and options) of an ADU for your Atlanta home.
What things should you keep in mind for the interior of your ADU? Keep in mind that many of these units may be small. That doesn’t mean they can’t be comfortable, but you’ll want to choose some of the elements carefully.
Give special attention to the windows you choose. One option is to place your windows higher so that they let in more natural light. In addition to allowing more light in, higher windows also allow the light to penetrate deeper into the living space (while preserving privacy).
If you have the option, consider using vaulted ceilings. Even though this may not add square footage, the visual impact makes the space feel larger.
Take advantage of open space design. Because space is at a premium, you’ll want to avoid wasting space with unnecessary walls or hallways. Keeping things open creates a feeling of more space. Consider that when building closets as well. A walk-in closet may be great for your master bedroom, but for a guest house or an office space, floor space is a bigger consideration.
Is an ADU Right for You?
How do you know if adding an ADU is the right call for your Atlanta home? One of the best things you can do is to enlist the help of a design-build remodeler to help you evaluate your needs and options. We tend to look at space and options a little differently and we may see opportunities that aren't immediately apparent to you. We invite you to contact us and tell us a bit about what your needs are. Then we can help you consider the best options to achieve your goals—whether that’s building an ADU or better using the existing space in your home.