The Key Benefits of Building an ADU on Your Property

Given today’s unique living conditions, it’s no surprise that more homeowners are looking for ways to increase a property’s value, floorplan area, and even extra income. Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on your property lets you achieve just that.

An ADU is a small, self-contained living unit, built on the same lot as an existing home. With various designs available, an ADU can serve as a rental unit, a guest house, or even a home office. By building on the existing space available, you add another livable area to your property without the expense and hassle of purchasing a new home or relocating.

This additional space has been found to increase the value of your property and provide a significant source of rental income. According to a study by the National Association of Home Builders, an ADU can increase a property’s value by up to 25%.

Whether you are a homeowner looking to generate rental income or a family looking to add an independent living space, an ADU could be the perfect solution. G.J. Gardner Homes is here to explore building an ADU, and how it can help you maximize the benefits of an existing property.

What is an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit)?

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is like its name suggests: an extra unit built on the land of an existing home. You will find them in the form of a granny flat, carriage house, or even a tiny home. ADUs come in a versatile range of designs to accommodate a wide range of needs, from housing for aging parents to investment property.

The growing design range of ADUs lets you customize the property depending on the specific needs of the homeowner and the unit’s intended function. Fortunately, ADUs can be designed as standalone units with their own entrance and kitchen, or they can be connected to the primary residence via a shared wall or other common area.

The building process of the ADU will come down to the difficulty of the design but in most cases, it’s a convenient and efficient build. G.J. Gardner Homes’ team makes building an ADU a seamless and stress-free experience.

Why should you put an ADU on your property?

ADUs have grown significantly in popularity in recent years, as they become more accessible, convenient, and lucrative.

This year has seen more municipalities relax their regulations around ADUs, making the process even more available for homeowners across the country. The rising prevalence of ADUs lets more American reap its significant range of benefits.

Most notably, ADUs offer an affordable way to add living space to your property without the need for expensive and time-consuming renovations. This living space can be used by the homeowners as an extra bedroom, office, or play area, or rented to tenants and gain the major advantages that come with each.

Additional rental income:

Building an ADU on your property is a fantastic way to generate extra income. Renting out the ADU lets you earn additional monthly income, which can help cover mortgage payments, bills, and other expenses.

Increased property value: 

An ADU can add value to your property, making it more attractive to potential buyers. By increasing the overall square footage of your home and amenities, your property grows more valuable in the real estate market.

Enhanced privacy: 

An ADU can provide a separate living space for family members or guests, allowing for greater privacy and independence. This additional space offers a perfectly private home office, art studio, or guest house.


An ADU can provide a flexible living space that can be adapted to a variety of needs. Whether it’s for aging parents, adult children, or guests, an ADU can be designed to meet the unique needs of each individual.

Sustainable living: 

Building an ADU can also promote sustainable living. Through a smaller living space, you can reduce your carbon footprint for a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Through their range of designs, ADUs can be customized to include energy-efficient features, such as solar panels and high-performance windows as well. 

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Building an ADU is a smart investment for your home now and in the future. Whether you’re looking to generate income or add extra living space, an ADU is a versatile and affordable solution you can customize to your unique needs.

If you’re interested in building an ADU on your property, the friendly and experienced team at G.J. Gardner Homes is here to help. With years of expertise in custom home building, we can guide you through the design and construction process to create an ADU that meets your unique needs and enhances the value of your property. Contact us today to learn more about how we can bring your vision to life.