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Hidden Costs of an ADU

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) have become increasingly popular in recent years in the Pacific Northwest. Often perceived as an affordable housing solution, ADUs have complexities and costs that often surprise homeowners. Initially, ADUs seem like a cost-effective way to add living space, whether for family, rental income, or other purposes. However, the reality of constructing an ADU involves navigating a series of expenses and regulations that can quickly escalate the overall cost.

Building-Permits-300x171To begin with, there are the upfront costs, which include not only the construction itself but also permits, design, and sometimes utility hook-up fees. Depending on the location, these fees can vary significantly but often represent a substantial portion of the budget. Local regulations and zoning laws can also introduce requirements that add to the expense, such as parking spaces, setbacks, and maximum size limits. These regulations can necessitate additional spending on planning and compliance, further inflating costs.

Moreover, the construction process itself can uncover unforeseen expenses. Issues such as site accessibility, the need for site preparation, and potential complications with existing structures can all lead to cost overruns. Additionally, the desire or requirement to include high-quality finishes and features to make the ADU comfortable and livable can also drive up the budget. While ADUs remain a valuable option for expanding living space and potential income, it's important for homeowners to enter the process with open eyes and a well-researched budget that accounts for the myriad of potential costs beyond just the construction.

Next, consider the hidden cost an ADU might have on your property taxes. In many cases, adding an ADU to your property will increase the assessed value of your home, which can lead to higher property taxes.

utilities in a home-1Another factor to consider is the cost of utilities. Adding an ADU to your property means that you will need to provide additional water, electricity, and gas to the unit. These costs can add up quickly, especially if a complete rebuilding of a main system is needed in order to accommodate the needs of the ADU.

Compared to building a new ADU, remodeling your home is a more cost-effective option. You can save on construction costs by reusing the existing structure of your home and avoiding the need for a new foundation and other costly infrastructure. Moreover, you can avoid the fees and permits required for new construction, which add to the overall cost of building a new ADU.


Remodeling your home also you to customize your living space to suit your needs and preferences. Whether you need more space for your growing family or you want to add a new room for your hobbies, a home remodel can provide you with the extra space you need. Additionally, remodeling can increase the value of your property, making it a wise investment.

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Overall, remodeling your home is an excellent option for homeowners who want to upgrade their living space without breaking the bank. It is a smart investment that can increase the value of your property while providing you with the extra space and functionality you need.

Book a call and have someone from VanderBeken Remodel call you!When it comes to achieving a successful home remodel, selecting the right remodeling company is crucial. At VanderBeken Remodel, we are incredibly proud of our team of highly skilled professionals who bring with them a wealth of experience in the industry.


Another thing that sets VanderBeken Remodel apart from other remodelers is that we work within a fixed-investment model.  This means you can sit back and relax, because what you agree to in the beginning is what it will cost in the end.