Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
Welcome to our ADU information page! We have gathered our information and plans related to ADUs and compiled it all here! Granny Flats, Mother-in-law quarters, tiny homes and backyard units are all considered to be Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).
Jackson & Sands Engineering, Inc. provides plan designs, engineering, and planning consultations to help get you started with building an ADU, regardless of where you are located within California.
We’re excited to help you with your housing solutions. Drop us a quick note today and let us know where you live and what types of housing opportunities you are searching for.
Plans Available for IMMEDIATE Download!
We have dozens of plans with multiple options developed to help reduce the time and effort required to get YOU an ADU! Options include different sizes, roof styles, varying architectural features, Universal Design layouts, and more! Furthermore, these plans can be adapted to your local jurisdictional requirements.
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Why an ADU
Generally, ADUs can provide an economical housing solution to many of your housing problems!
ADUs can serve multiple purposes, from providing housing opportunities to aging family members while still maintaining privacy to providing long term (and in many jurisdictions short term) rental income.
ADUs can provide as much living space as apartments or condominiums, and can be well suited for all age groups, from young adults to seniors and everyone in between! Additionally, ADUs have become popular with empty nesters ready to down size, but not ready to leave their beloved property and/or neighborhood.
ADUs can provide much needed passive income by creating rental units on property you already own!
How to Start your ADU today!
Download our accessory dwelling unit plans and see if there’s a perfect match for you. If there’s not, that’s OK! We can develop a custom plan for YOU! Set up a FREE, no obligation appointment with us to discuss your backyard cottage or ADU project.
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Articles Related to ADUs
Here at Jackson & Sands Engineering, Inc, we have developed many resources for you in your pursuit to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit, ADU, granny flat, backyard cottage, etc. We have answered many FAQs on the subject matter, including questions about solar and size of ADU requirements. We have added a guide to walk you through what size ADU you could place on your property. If you’re new to building and landlording, we have some great advice for what to expect in contracting . We even sat down with a real estate professional to discuss the value an accessory dwelling unit or granny flat could add to your property. If you had considered adding an ADU to your property in the past, and was told you could not, legislation that went into effect in 2020 could allow you to add that backyard cottage now! We have defined some ADU terms and provided information on what the energy code requires of your mother-in-law quarters.
- ADU FAQs Article on some FAQs about ADUs and how to get started.
- Discussion with a Real Estate Attorney about contracting with service professionals, contractors, and tenants.
- Discussion with a Real Estate professional that touches on how ADUs can affect a property’s value.
- Another round of information regarding ADUs, such as definitions, types of ADUs, and more.
- Article that touches on thecurrent energy code and how it affects ADUs.
- Article on some of the California legislation that took effect Jan 1, 2020.
Permit Ready Plan Programs
Jackson & Sands Engineering, Inc. is proud to be a part of the permit ready programs various jurisdictions are putting together. We are the trusted designer for Jurisdictions such as the City of Chico, Placer County, and the City of Citrus Heights, and many more to come! If you are building within one of these jurisdictions, check out our designs on their websites and see if there’s a plan right for you!
Additionally, many more jurisdictions are actively working on providing their residents similar plans and programs. Some of these jurisdictions include Placer County, Town of Danville, and the City of Chico.
Lastly, local Jurisdictions such as San Jose share which private companies have permit ready plans for you to browse and purchase from the vendor.
Please let us know if you know of other local jurisdictions that have already implemented a program or are currently working on it.