Adding An ADU To Your Property

Are you interested in adding an accessory dwelling unit to your property? If so, our team is here to help. An ADU will provide you with additional living space that can be utilized by family or rented out for additional income. The key to a successful ADU build is having the right designs that meet local regulations and allow for the best utilization of the space you have.

 

At Peak Architecture, we have years of experience navigating local building codes. Based out of Basalt, we offer ADU designs for Aspen, Snowmass, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs as well. Each location has unique requirements for the addition of an ADU and we can help you understand the legality of your build. Talk to us today about how an ADU might be the perfect addition for your property.

Why Build An ADU?

An ADU is, simply put, an independent residential dwelling unit that exists on the same lot as your current single-family home does. An ADU could be a stand-alone structure or it could be an addition to your home, such as a flat, apartment, or basement unit that can be utilized as an independent living space.

 

An ADU is worth considering for a few reasons, including the following:

  • As a rental: Make money off of your property by renting an ADU out to tenants. This provides you with a steady stream of income.
  • For your family: Do you have an elderly parent or family member who needs to be close by? An ADU can allow you to keep tabs on your loved one without living in the same space.
  • As a vacation space: Whether you rent it out or you allow friends to utilize the space, having an ADU on your property can allow people who want to soak up the Colorado mountains visit you without invading your space.

 

Because an accessory dwelling unit stands alone and offers a complete living space, it is an extremely flexible investment. You can utilize it as a rental for now and then one day turn it into a place for your retired parents. You could allow your recently graduated kid to enjoy their own living quarters and then one day turn the structure into a vacation home. Talk to us today about designing the perfect ADU for your needs.

How Regulations Play A Role

While ADUs are extremely flexible in their use, there are regulations in each city and county that determine a lot about the building process. It is important that you understand local regulations and follow them during the design process.


For example, in Glenwood Springs, they have the following regulations for ADUs, as found on their city website:

 

  • The unit is not less than 300 square feet and not more than 850 square feet AND it does not exceed 49 percent of the floor area of the primary dwelling
  • The unit, if detached, is compatible with the primary dwelling
  • There is 1 off-street parking space provided on site for each bedroom in the unit
  • The unit complies with Building Code requirements
  • The unit complies with all setback and height requirements of the zone district in which it is located

 

Each town has a different code, which is why working with a team like ours at Peak Architecture is a must. We know specific guidelines for every town in the area and we will help you navigate these during the design and construction process. We place a strong emphasis on clear communication, so you are never left in the dark during any portion of the process.

 

Interested in building an accessory dwelling unit? If so, we invite you to reach out today to learn more about how we can help you design an ADU in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Aspen, or Snowmass.