What’s A Granny Unit?
A granny unit, also known as an accessory dwelling unit, has recently become a popular home addition trend. But what are these “units”? They are small homes that are located on the same lot of a single-family home. These homes tend to be smaller in size so you won’t have to worry about them taking up too much space. There are many different names to describe these homes, as you already know granny units, guest house, in-law apartments, and more. These homes can be attached or detached from the main house as well as interior such as a basement or attic. This gives the homeowner a few options to work with.
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Due to various restrictions put on building these granny units, Senate Bill 1069 was passed to make it easier and less expensive to make these additions. According to mercurynews.com, “water and sewer agencies would be prevented from charging hookup fees for ADUs [Accessory dwelling units} built within an existing house or an existing detached unit on the same lot.” Government agencies that previously would require the addition of a covered parking can no longer do so for some granny units, particularly those already on a property with a main home.
There are many benefits to adding a granny unit to your home/property. These units are usually very affordable and are a great housing option especially for those just starting out. Don’t plan on living in your granny unit? Renting it out is an excellent way to make use of the unit and help with finances. Another benefit to these homes is that they are great for families with aging relatives. They allow you to be close enough to help out and still give your relatives their own space.
Granny units are a great option to consider and they’re just so darn cute!