ADU in San Diego

How Does ADU in San Diego Work?

An accessory dwelling unit (ADU), granny flat, or “backyard home” is a legal and regulatory term for a secondary house that shares the building lot of a larger, primary home. The unit cannot be bought or sold separately, but they are often used to provide additional income through rent or house a family member. We build our ADU in San Diego with prefabricated construction to save time and money for clients. As ADU BUILDERS, we consider prefabricated construction less disruptive to homeowners and neighbourhoods as we can typically complete a project onsite in a few weeks once the home is built in our factory.

San Diego ADU Cost?

The cost of building an ADUs in San Diego should include design, engineering: structural and civil, permits, fees, land development, grading, utility installation, foundation, and construction of the ADU. If you build a prefab ADU all-in cost Starts at $175,000 and goes up from there depending on custom additions and square footage. If placing a Tiny Home on the property as an ADU cost can be considerably less, but permits may be challenging. 

How to Finance an ADU in San Diego?

 You do have the option of financing a prefab ADU in San Diego, but many will pay cash. If Cash is not an option, ADU financing is typically achieved through:

1. Home Equity Loan

2. Cash our refinance of the Primary residence

3. Home Renovation loan can be used to build a prefabricated (modular) ADU.

4. Tiny Home financing is available through several national banks.

Zoning of ADU’s in San Diego?

State laws have made it easier to build an ADU in every city in California. The City of San Diego ADU Ordinance states you can build an ADU from 800sq ft to 1200sq ft. ADUs can be built on single-family or multifamily residential zoned lots. ADUs are allowed in all residential zones. 

The City of San Diego ADU requirements for parking has been relaxed. Setback Side and Rear have been shrunk to 4’. Permit Fees have been reduced and, in some cases, waived. The bottom line is it’s a good time to add extra space as laws are in your favour. The San Diego ADU laws have been changed recently to allow more ADU’s to be built in southern California. The City of San Diego Pre-approved ADU plans can be found on our website or on the city website!

What is the Difference Between a Tiny Home vs an ADU in San Diego?

Sometimes Nothing! A tiny home, aka a park model, is technically an RV that cannot exceed 400 sq ft. Many cities like San Diego and Los Angeles allow tiny homes/ park models as ADUs. Many of the tiny homes we offer are built to both ANSI and CBC to satisfy local building officials – PLUS, we feel it provides a better-built home. We have many models that include lofts and porches that are not included in the livable space but extend the actual usable space. The ADU designs in San Diego can be very similar to that of a tiny home or a companion unit in San Diego if you wanted them to be. 

Why Choose a Prefabricated ADU?

Prefabricated ADU’s and Tiny Homes are built in a factory by a team that works together on a daily basis. Building a factory makes building an ADU in San Diego more cost and time-efficient. Bulk buying power, Smart designs, Save time, and money!

About MYADU4Less:

The Team MYADU4Less is managed by MYADU4Les which is unique in the industry as we are general contractors, ADU contractors in San Diego, licensed Modular Home Factory, licensed Manufactured Home dealer, licensed Modular Home dealer, Tiny Home dealer, Park Model dealer. Our team is led by 2nd generation contractor and has combined 100+ years of experience in the Prefabricated Construction industry. We are a ONE STOP SHOP – we handle everything: design, permits, site construction, home fabrication, transportation, installation and utility connect