ADUs are a popular addition in the City of Long Beach and the surrounding areas because they can add a lot of value to a home. Any real estate agent will tell you that homes in Southern California with extra living quarters are in high demand!
ADUs go by many different names—mother-in-law units, granny flats, or rental units—but they are all basically referring to the same thing. An ADU is an independent residential unit located on the same lot as a detached single-family home.
Whether you have an unused accessory building already on your property that you want to convert to an ADU, or you want to build an ADU from the ground up, Grisafe Architecture can help!
Key Features of a Great ADU
- Full kitchen and bathroom
- Extra storage
- Small outdoor area
- Accessible hallways and bathrooms
- Privacy from the main house
- Dedicated parking area
Why Choose Grisafe Architecture to Design Your ADU?
At Grisafe Architecture, we’ve worked with many Long Beach homeowners to design ADUs. We start the design process by finding out the intended purpose for your ADU. Is it for an elderly family member? Will it strictly be used by guests? Are you looking to rent it out? The answer to these questions will go a long way in determining the direction of the ADU design. For example, if you are building it for an aging family member, you may want to include things like a roll-in shower, low thresholds, and wider-than-standard hallways and doorways. If it will be a rental unit, you’ll want to consider things like more durable finishes and features that will allow to charge a higher monthly rent, such as a small second bedroom or office, or a dedicated parking space. If it will be used exclusively as guest quarters, you may not need a full kitchen or a lot of closet/storage space, but you may want to add built-in bunk beds or give it a more hotel-like look and feel.
Throughout the entire design process, you will be as involved as you want to be! We highly value input from our clients and truly consider them partners in the design process. We want the end result to reflect your style and meet all of your goals.
The ADUs we design are both beautiful and functional. We are very intentional about making sure your ADU is cohesive in style with the main residence on your property. The last thing you want is for it to feel like an afterthought. A successful ADU looks like it was always there.
Our Long Beach architecture firm can handle the entire permitting process on your behalf. We have great relationships with the city planning departments in our area and are very familiar with the codes surrounding ADUs. For any anomalies that come up, we have a code specialist in house. Our projects typically move through the approval process in a timely manner, with few to no revisions needed.