Constructing An Accessory Dwelling Unit On Your Property
Constructing an accessory dwelling unit is one of the biggest investments that you can make to your property. While these structures can significantly improve the functionality and versatility of your property, there are many best practices that you should consider following as you are preparing the designs for this new addition to the property.
Be Mindful of the Placement of the Accessory Dwelling Unit
The location where the accessory dwelling unit is to be placed is an important consideration. These are somewhat larger structures, and this can lead to them needing to be placed in an area where they will be safe from interfering with the foundation of the primary home as well as respecting the boundary lines of the lot. Furthermore, there are some communities that will require these additions to be built a minimum number of feet from the sidewalk or the adjacent properties. After reviewing these requirements, you will be better able to choose a location where the accessory dwelling unit can be legally placed. In addition to avoiding violations, this can also help with creating a design that will maximize the available space for this new addition.
Maximize Natural Light Sources to Reduce Electrical Demands for the ADU
Reducing the power requirements of the accessory dwelling unit can be a beneficial step for helping to lessen the complexity or the cost of connecting it to the power grid. One way to help reduce the amount of power that the structure will need can be through limiting the need for artificial lighting. In particular, the installation of large windows can be a way of providing the interior with ample amounts of light while reducing the power the structure will need. You may be able to further reduce these demands by equipping the interior of the accessory dwelling unit with LED lighting fixtures.
Include Ample Storage in the Accessory Dwelling Unit
A common design mistake that is made when preparing to add an accessory dwelling unit to the property can be failing to provide enough storage. Without sufficient storage, it can be difficult to keep the interior of this space organized. When looking at options for maximizing storage capacity, it may be advisable to have enough storage built-in. One of the more space-efficient options can be to add a walk-in closet that has ample shelving and hanging areas. One of these closets can make it possible to store all of your items without it becoming excessively chaotic or crowded.
For more information, contact a residential construction service near you.