Building a Granny Flat Addition in Your San Diego, CA Home

March 7, 2018 Published by Leave your thoughts

Some of the most popular, on-the-rise home additions in San Diego, CA are called “granny flats,” or small living spaces on an existing property than can house a family member or renter. Granny flats make use of excess space on your property and can increase the home’s value, in addition to other benefits. With this trend on the rise, many homeowners are contacting remodeling contractors and inquiring about how to get started.

Building granny flats can be a complicated process, due to the high attention to detail required for designing and the municipal restrictions and zoning laws that need to be navigated. Once completed, however, you are able to enjoy additional beautiful space on a property you already own. If you’re interested in learning more about or building a granny flat, read on and then call your local home remodeling expert to get an estimate.

What is a granny flat?

A granny flat, also called an accessory apartment or accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a self-contained living space usually intended for one or two people. Granny flats can be attached or detached from your single-family home; they are sometimes built in tiny-home style in the backyard, or included above a detached two-car garage.
Granny flats got their name because these living spaces have often been used by homeowners to house and look after their aging parents. However, these spaces are also ideal for housing nannies, young adult family members desiring more independence and external renters.

Granny flats can have a very flexible design. Some include a full kitchen, living room, bedroom and more, depending on its size, while others may only include partial kitchens or be designed in more of a studio apartment style. The versatility granny flats offer to homeowners have made them one of the most sought-after interior remodeling additions in San Diego, CA.

Designing a granny flat

Designing and building a granny flat on your property can be challenging. Municipal restrictions, building codes, zoning laws and more may pose obstacles in the building process. However, if you select the right home remodeling contractor, these issues will be taken care of promptly.

You can work with your contractor to create a granny flat design that works for your needs. Some of the most popular designs for granny flats have an all-in-one space that includes the kitchen, dining room and living room; this helps open up the floor plan of these already-small areas. High ceilings and large windows can also help open up the space.

Benefits of granny flats

Building a granny flat and other additional dwelling units can provide you with numerous benefits, including an increase in home value due to the additional floor space. You can also use granny flats to boost your income by renting the space out to someone like you would an external property.

If you house a family member in a granny flat, you might be able to benefit from additional security by having more people on the property, as well as shared household duties such as childcare and lawn care.

Mr. Construction is your go-to remodeling company

If you’re interested in building a granny flat on your property, call Mr. Construction. Our full-service construction company has over 25 years of experience creating home additions in San Diego, CA. We also do general contracting and high-quality home remodeling, so contact us to receive a free estimate!

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