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Accessory Dwelling Units: The Next Big Real Estate Trend

Posted by in Lifestyle | August 15, 2015

 

One of our ADU designs, the Santa Cruz Accessory Dwelling Unit with Garage, was selected and featured in a recent Fox News Real Estate article last month alongside a handful of other ADU designs by various firms emphasizing “stylish ADU units that friends and family will beg to stay in.” The article also stated that “ADUs can be eye candy” and “where once municipalities often discouraged ADUs, laws are being amended to encourage them now.” There is no question that cities all across the state are seeing an increase in permit applications for accessory dwelling units as state law and local ordinances are amended to help bring about a solution to the affordable housing shortage. Interest is also expected to grow this year as legislators and local cities continue to propose new, granny flat-friendly policies to accommodate the growing need for affordable housing.

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also commonly referred to as secondary units, in-law suites, granny flats, cottages, guesthouses, and garage apartments, are just a few of the many terms associated with an accessory to a primary residence. ADUs can be anything from a suite above a detached garage, a suite above or below the main residence, or simply a suite attached or detached to or from a main dwelling. In general, they usually have their own entrance, living space, kitchen, and bathroom. Sometimes even a garage or carport may be included much like our Santa Cruz ADU design.

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Popular Rooms to Remodel

Posted by in Lifestyle | March 15, 2015

 
You’ve just unlocked the equity in your home with a new home equity line of credit and you’re looking at the possibility of remodeling a few rooms or converting the garage space. You’ve even spent the last few months sifting through resources like Houzz, Pintrest, and numerous design magazines in hopes of finding that perfect design idea that compliments the style of your home while still meeting your basic needs. You’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and the task is starting to become a bit time consuming, but you’re determined to stay sane, organized, practical, and patient as you look for ways to transform your home. Sound familiar?

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Why An Accessory Dwelling Unit?

Posted by in Lifestyle | February 15, 2015

 
Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also commonly referred to as secondary units, in-law suites, granny flats, cottages, guesthouses, and garage apartments, are just a few of the many terms associated with an accessory to a primary residence. ADUs can be anything from a suite above a detached garage, a suite above or below the main residence, or simply a suite attached or detached to or from a main dwelling. In general, they usually have their own entrance, living space, kitchen, and bathroom. Sometimes even a garage or carport may be included. Regardless of their physical structure, size, or layout, the ADU has become a valuable resource for homeowners alike.

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Garage Conversion Plans

Posted by in Lifestyle | April 15, 2009

 
In search of garage plans, accessory dwelling unit plans, guest house plans, granny pad plans, and garage conversion plans? Look no further. The custom garage plans, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) plans, and garage conversion plans offered by the plan service at www.gfharchitecture.com come highly recommended for just about every imaginable use for a room addition to your existing home. Whether you live in a sunny or rainy climate, a home on acreage, or situated in a subdivision, gfh Architecture can offer new garage space and garage conversion ideas tailored to meet your specific needs. 

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