The Bay Area housing market has long been challenging for residents of Northern California: a lack of available housing, skyrocketing property values, and limited space make competition for homes fierce. In the East Bay’s Walnut Creek, long considered an ideally situated commuter city due to its easy access to BART, SR-24 to Oakland and San Francisco, and I-680, the median home price is over $1.5 million, and the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $2,698. Fortunately, changes to California’s housing legislation are now making it easier for homeowners to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their property to increase the supply of housing in desirable communities like Walnut Creek.
Constructing an ADU can be of personal benefit to a homeowner—for example, providing an independent living space for an elderly family member or a college graduate returning from school. Others add a detached or attached ADU to their home as an extension of their primary residence, as a more affordable way to create a home office, studio, gym, or entertainment space than trying to buy a larger house in the overheated Bay Area market.
In other cases, homeowners add ADUs to their property for financial reasons, such as rental units. Because ADUs have separate bathrooms, kitchens, and entrances from the main dwelling, this is a feasible way of generating income. However, homeowners should clarify restrictions around short- and long-term rental regulations in their neighborhood before proceeding, as local ordinances may restrict certain rental uses of an ADU.
Regardless of the intended purpose of your ADU, it’s an investment that adds value to your property when done correctly. Although an ADU cannot be sold separately from the main dwelling, a well-constructed ADU adds considerable resale value to your home.
If you already have approved architectural plans in need of a reliable contractor to execute them, Hometelligent has the experience and the expertise to get the job done correctly, on time, and within budget. If you have a vision of what you want but not a plan, we can connect you with our network of architects who can help.
With decades of experience as ADU contractors in the Bay Area, Hometelligent is committed to delivering top-quality work, clear communication, and a smooth construction process. Our track record of successfully navigating Contra Costa County ADU construction requirements and that of other Bay Area communities, including, Walnut Creek, allows us to ensure your project doesn’t get hung up on avoidable bureaucratic snags. If you need help with an ADU project, contact Hometelligent here.
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