Are you planning to build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) this spring? Also known as mother-in-law apartments, granny flats and secondary dwelling units, ADUs are home additions built within your property. They can be renovated from an unused garage or basement, or can be built as room additions connected to your main home. They can even be built separately in your home’s backyard if you have the space!
But did you know that ADUs can also be good for the local environment?
Making Your ADU More Sustainable
ADUs are one of the most environmentally-friendly housing options because of their efficient use of land. However, the use of quality materials and existing infrastructure also contribute to their sustainability. Since ADUs use fewer materials, they don’t make a big impact on natural resources and manufacturing/shipping costs for the products.
You can design your ADU according to your personal preferences or for a senior adult in your family so that they have more independence at home. You can even consider having an ADU as additional rental income. After all, they are designed to have all the basic features like a full kitchen, bath, bedroom and living space.
Other Environmentally Friendly Benefits
- Small Size and Efficient Energy Consumption
Compared to the main home, ADUs consume less water and electricity. This is also true for modular ADUs, which are pre-built under strict supervision to ensure they meet local building codes and energy efficiency standards.
- Affordable Housing for Aging in Place
Building an ADU for your aging parents is a much better option than having to pay fees for a nursing home. You can design your ADU with aging-in-place and universal design concepts in mind by adding features like ramps and zero-step doorways and hallways to avoid injuries. You even add more accessibility features for those with limited mobility!
Planning an in-law suite addition in your home? Design Build Remodeling Group of Maryland can help you with it by offering a wide range of solutions. To learn more, give us a call at (443) 300-2268, or fill out our contact form to schedule a conversation.