Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), Granny Flat, Casita, Secondary Dwelling Unit, Secondary Apartment.
We’ve had a lot of interest from clients who are considering adding a secondary unit to their properties. We’ve assembled some quick notes to help you through the process.
I want to build an ADU! What do I need to know?
The good news is the City of Austin has relaxed the rules to make adding an ADU to you property easier!
Minimum lot size has been reduced to 5,750 square feet, with SF-3 zoning.
Parking regulations have been relaxed if you are within ¼ mile of an area served by public transit.
Unit size has increased to either 15% or 1,100 square feet of FAR, whichever is smaller.
Ask yourself - Why do I want to build an ADU?
I want a steady rental income to offset my current mortgage.
I want to Air B&B and make a killing during special events!
I need a place to move my elderly parents.
I’d like a small office outside the confines of my home.
How do I know if it is allowed on my property?
How much can I build?
Technically either 15% or 1,100 square feet of FAR, whichever is smaller.
The base building and impervious cover is still 40 and 45% respectively, so-
I have trees on my property, close to where I’d like to build- is that a problem?
Do I need to provide parking?
How much will it cost?
I’ve considered modular construction, what do you think?
While modular can work in certain situations, its been our experience that it is not for everybody and:
It depends. Why are you considering modular construction?
Do you live in an area with a scarce labor supply?
Does it have a certain allure for you? If so, please explain.
I’ve seen a modular company plan that I like, but I want to make modifications.
I’ve heard it’s much cheaper than site built construction.
If you’d like to discuss your project, we’d love to hear from you.
We can provide a low cost project review in which we will put together a brief feasibility report for your project, based on your initial input. Download your “project worksheet” information here.