Yesterday we had a meeting in our office with a new client who needs some work done on his house as well as a smaller new building. What he needs is an “accessory dwelling unit”, but normally people call it “granny unit”. When he said granny unit, I thought to myself, “Why aren’t they ever called grandpa units?”. This afternoon I looked it up on Yahoo Answers, and the reason for that term is because women tend to live longer than men, therefore in most situations your grandmother or mother would need a dwelling unit. Pretty funny how that one came about!
If you are in need of more space whether it is for an extra person or for your favorite activities, an accessory dwelling unit may be right for you! Many people own large enough lots where an additional building would make sense. Usually they are around 450 square feet in size, but that could change depending on your lot. To cut down the cost, many companies these days have designs for pre-fabricated buildings that they can quickly build and deliver to your site. This would be a much more cost effective solution than purchasing a larger home, and it would also add value to your property.
As you consider adding something like this to your property, always consult with an architect or planning professional to check your local zoning regulations. This would determine what is allowed and what is not for your lot. Anyone in the San Luis Obispo area is always more than welcome to drop by our office (1239 Garden Street) to discuss this further. We are usually stocked with lots of delicious fruits and candies.
+ M. Farid Shahid
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