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Designing Your ADU


An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is an excellent way to add living space to your property. ADU’s were already increasing in popularity before the pandemic, and interest has soared since. ADUs provide additional space for an office, gym or rental, and can have many uses, including work space, play space, guest house, rental unit or additional living space for in-laws, adult children, nannies or caregivers.

An ADU is a living space which can be one of the following:

-Interior: Within the primary residence, often a converted space in an attic or over a garage.

-Attached: An addition to the house.

-Detached: A separate structure such as a garage or carriage house.

ADUs can be created by converting existing spaces or can be new builds. Projects often include significant electrical, HVAC and plumbing work.

ADUs can be designed with flexibility in mind; neutral colors and significant lighting allows you to easily change the functionality of the space.

A popular reason for adding an ADU is for having family members close, such as aging parents. ADUs are often built by older Americans for caregivers. Older Americans often use ADUs designed with mobility in mind allowing them to age in place. ADUs can also allow empty nesters to downsize in their own community rather than having to move and adjust to a new neighborhood. Often, a family member will live in the main portion of the house and the older family member in the ADU.

Many homeowners add ADUs to create a source of rental income to help pay the mortgage and other household expenses. An ADU increases the value of a home immediately.

Local building codes are typically a concern for homeowners when considering an ADU, but in recent years, many cities have lowered their restrictions.

When it comes to budget, homeowners often believe building a small addition to their existing structure or a small building on their property is inexpensive. However, small structures typically cost more per square foot than large structures, as many construction items don’t change proportionately with the size. With a smaller structure you still need engineering, permits, grading, etc. along with the actual construction of the structure.

Executive Remodeling is a full-service general contractor in the Twin Cities which can help you design and build your ADU. We have over 60 years of industry experience. We offer the additional following services: kitchen remodels, basement remodels, bathroom remodels as well as other types of additions. We will work with you on your design and help you achieve your desired results. We strive to make your experience with us a positive one.


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