What makes it an ADU?
Also known as in-law units or in-law apartments, these are fully functioning independent, living spaces built on the same land as your main home. They might be a converted basement or attic, a detached separate structure like a converted garage or a new-build small cottage. What they have in common is that they are secondary units to an existing property and they use the same utilities as the main home. Their size can typically vary from 600 to 1200 square feet. Although they have their own entrance, they are legally part of the same property as the main home and can’t be bought or sold separately.
For many families, an in-law unit is the perfect care solution for older family members who still value their independence. It’s the perfect blend of having company and support close at hand, whilst still having your own front door. For other families, the in-law unit can actually cater for the younger generation, offering hang-out space for teenagers or even a home for a young adult who can’t afford to buy or rent their own place just yet.