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Could An ADU Be Right For You?

It’s no secret that housing prices in Fairfield County are through the roof these days—no pun intended.  Recently, we’ve been receiving requests from many local home homeowners looking to combat this challenge by hiring us to design one of the hottest new trends in building – Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).


With many local municipalities loosening the zoning restrictions recently, these pint-sized living spaces, also known as granny flats, in-law suites, or backyard cottages, are capturing the attention of homeowners everywhere, and it's not hard to see why. Let's explore why ADUs are becoming the go-to solution for families looking to accommodate aging parents and adult children, all while maintaining harmony and independence.


What is an ADU?

Imagine a charming cottage nestled in the backyard, complete with its own kitchen, bathroom, and living space. That's the magic of an ADU. These self-contained units can take many forms. Solar powered, net-zero energy or a more traditional type of ADU, but they all share one thing in common: they offer a cozy retreat for residents seeking privacy and independence.


Small Footprint, Powerful Design

Despite their small size, ADUs offer immense flexibility in terms of architectural design. From sleek modern designs to charming traditional cottages, ADUs can be tailored to match the style and aesthetic of the main home, creating a cohesive and visually appealing property.


Architecturally, we are getting creative with ADU layouts, maximizing every square foot to create a functional and comfortable living space. Features like high ceilings, large windows, and open floor plans help to create a sense of spaciousness, while clever storage solutions and multifunctional furniture make the most of limited space.



What Makes ADUs Unique?

What sets ADUs apart is their versatility. They can serve as a home for aging parents, offering the comfort and security of familiar surroundings while keeping them close to family. At the same time, ADUs provide adult children with an affordable housing option, allowing them to spread their wings without straining their budget. It's a win-win situation that fosters intergenerational connections and strengthens family bonds.


Visualizing the ADU

Envision a picturesque cottage nestled amidst lush greenery, with a quaint porch beckoning you to step inside. There, you’ll find a cozy living area bathed in natural light, a well-equipped kitchenette perfect for whipping up a quick meal, and a comfortable bedroom where you can retreat after a long day. It's a haven of tranquility and comfort, offering the best of both worlds – the privacy of a standalone home and the warmth of family nearby, along with the versatility of shared property—lowering the cost of a new build on separate property.


Creating an Income Stream

But ADUs aren't just for family living. They also present an exciting opportunity for homeowners looking to generate extra income. By renting out the ADU to tenants, homeowners can supplement their mortgage payments or save for future expenses.


(It's important to note that most towns do not allow short-term rentals such as Airbnb, but require a minimum lease of 6 months to a year.) However, keeping this in mind, an ADU can be a smart investment that not only adds value to the property but also provides a steady stream of income for years to come.


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