Home for the Holidays: ADUs Are Perfect for Seasonal Guests

This is the time of year when many of us are welcoming overnight visitors from destinations near and far into our homes for the holidays. With an accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, on your property, guests can stay in comfortable and stylish surroundings while everyone also benefits from some down time and privacy. ADUs, once thought of mainly as “in-law suites”, are coming into their own as multi-purpose spaces for homeowners who want to maximize their available space. If you’re researching building an ADU to use as a guest house, here are some considerations to keep in mind. 

Location and Planning
An ADU can be attached or detached from your existing home. For an ADU you plan to use for guests, which approach you decide to take will be based on a number of factors including your home’s original design and layout, any ADU building restrictions in your area, how often you will welcome visitors, the mobility of your guests, and how much privacy you’d like to maintain. ADUs can be built in your backyard, attached to a portion of your home, or added above a garage.

Elements of an ADU
A typical “guest house” doesn’t often include cooking facilities beyond a mini fridge and a microwave, but an ADU does. An ADU contains everything you would need to live in the space long-term, including a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. If you decide to use an ADU as a guest house, you’ll have the added benefit of flexibility should you decide to use the space for a different purpose in the future, or whenever guests aren’t there!

Design and Build
For an ADU with the ultimate flexibility and added value to your property, it’s important to work with designers and architects who have direct experience in this aspect of home design. ADUs have their own specific parameters and regulations, which can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. You’ll want to partner with professionals who will build a structure that will endure with thoughtfully planned style and decor that will feel appealing for years to come.

When you’re thinking about how an ADU could add value to your property, our expert architects, designers, and construction professionals can guide you through the process step-by-step. Imagine your next holiday season with a beautiful dwelling designed to make your guests feel as if they’re staying in a home away from home!