John DL Arendsen delivered a wonderful presentation on ADU's (Accessory Dwelling Units) speaking with authority and providing us with a wealth of knowledge. John is the founder and owner of Crest "Backyard" Homes. He specializes in the design, construction, installation and consulting for Accessory Dwelling Units. His expertise is valued and sought after. I appreciate John sharing his knowledge with us. Every state is different and I was astounded to learn in San Diego up to 6 ADU’s could be constructed on one property! I’m still trying to assimilate all the information he imparted and am glad to hear he will be back with more for us.
We are starting to see more ADU’s (Accessory Dwelling Unit) in Austin as our City Council pushes for higher density living and investors seek additional rental opportunities. The increasing popularity of multi-generational living offers more private quarters for parents, a relative or sibling living in an ADU. There are also many homeowners looking to rent to a college student or professional to offset the high property taxes. They are discerning building an ADU can be a valuable source of income. Some home owners view short term rental or a home office with privacy when considering an ADU.
My son John Dunham just listed and closed a home in Central Austin with a small constructed ADU, perfectly finished out and positioned in their back yard oasis. Many buyers clamored for this property but the appraisers still had problems on valuing the property.
The City of Austin is not easy to deal with because of all the local regulations which create obstacles to obtaining approval. The COVID restrictions have added another layer of impediments.
John's Zoom presentation showed us the possibilities of having an ADU on a developed property and can all understand why he gets so many kinds of requests. Picking and choosing through the list is necessary as some have unrealistic expectations and have no idea the price tag involved in building an ADU in San Diego. With the costs beginning in the low 6 figures it hinders many from moving forward.
He outlined there is so much to consider when discussing the possibility of an ADU. Having a septic system won’t work and in most cases you will need to upgrade the electrical amp service. John suggested fully scrutinizing a contractor offering services to construct an ADU. Do they have the licensing, networking and experience it takes to comply with the local regulations? Do they have the right insurance and how many claims have been made on their company? Public records are a great source of information and time should be taken to research.
I’m not familiar with hybrid units (part modular and park stick construction) but John said his son is a contractor and works in this construction arena.
If you haven’t attended a ActiveRain Weekly ZOOM Meeting in the past please make an effort to log on Tuesdays to the Active Rain Zoom presentation.
We are so fortunate to have such talented members in ActiveRain willing to share their expertise. Knowledge is power and where else can you learn so much on one site!
Check out George Souto's post on our Zoom upcoming Tuesday meeting (January 19) at 12 pm EST. As always a big Thank You Debe Maxwell, CRS for your leadership in making this weekly event happen!