ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) are Becoming Popular in Washington State

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is like a mini house. It sits on the same land as a bigger house but is its own little home. It has everything you need to live: a kitchen, place to sleep, and a bathroom.

In fact, in places like Seattle, ADUs are becoming quite common. They are a smart way to add more living space. Walking through neighborhoods, you might see new ADUs almost everywhere.

The Seattle Times says more ADUs are being built than big houses! Why? They solve big problems like high costs and not enough room. Plus, they’re quick to set up. Using manufactured homes for ADUs is a great idea. They’re affordable, fit well in small spaces, and can be ready fast.

Can a Manufactured Home be an ADU and Vice Versa?

ADUs, or Accessory Dwelling Units, are small homes on the same property as a main house. There are two types: attached (AADUs) and detached (DADUs). An AADU shares a wall with the big house. It’s easier to reach but a bit less private. People often choose this type for older family members or to make their house bigger. A DADU, on the other hand, stands alone. You can place it anywhere on your land.

In Washington State, the rules for ADUs are pretty clear. If you want an AADU, your land must be at least 5,000 square feet. For a DADU, you need more space, at least 10,000 square feet. Any ADU can’t be bigger than 700 square feet or 60% of your main house size, whichever is smaller. Also, it only has one bedroom.

Why these rules? They help keep neighborhoods looking nice and safe. By setting sizes and spaces, everyone’s home fits well together, ensuring no one’s house becomes too crowded or out of place.

The Rising Costs of Traditional ADUs

We won’t beat around the bush. Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit in Seattle isn’t cheap. A traditional one attached to your house costs around $100,000 on average. If you want a detached one, it jumps to about $230,000. Some say the cost is nearly $250 for every square foot. This includes designing, building, materials, and getting permits.

Why so much? Well, designing your Accessory Dwelling Unit takes expert help. Then, there’s the cost of materials and paying workers to build it. Don’t forget the fees for permits. All these add up quickly.

These costs might worry homeowners who want to add an ADU. Yet, adding one can also increase your home’s value. How much? It varies. In places like California, an ADU could immediately raise your home’s worth by $200,000 to $500,000. That’s a big chunk of change. Over time, as your property’s value grows, this boost could be even bigger.

So, even if the building price seems high, an ADU can be a good investment. It can give you extra space now and more money later.

Manufactured Homes as an Economical ADU Solution

Manufactured homes offer a wallet-friendly choice for ADU construction. Unlike traditional builds, these homes are made in a factory setting. They follow strict federal and state rules to ensure safety and quality. You can have them as your ADU, whether they’re modular, single, or multi-width. However, know that if there’s an ADU, the main house needs to be site-built or modular.

Why consider manufactured homes? They cost way less per square foot than building on-site. The Manufactured Housing Institute found that these homes are about half as expensive per square foot as regular houses. For modular homes, a study by the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, showed they can be over 20% cheaper to build.

Choosing a manufactured home for your ADU can save you a lot of money. It’s a smart way to add space to your property without breaking the bank.

The Benefits of Choosing a Manufactured Home for Your ADU

Choosing a manufactured home for your Accessory Dwelling Unit brings big benefits. First, these homes are made in factories, so they’re built faster than traditional homes. This also means less mess and noise at your place.

Then, there’s the choice. Manufactured homes come in many styles and layouts, so you can pick one that fits your needs and looks good with your main house.

Also, building in a factory is cleaner for the planet. You can add a variety of energy-efficient options, too. This means a lower utility bill, plus less waste and and a better use of materials. Plus, factories can control how much stuff they use, which helps even more, preventing how much waste shows up in our landfills.

Another plus is that these homes can be made for people with disabilities. They can have wider doors, ramps, and other things that make living easier for everyone. This makes manufactured homes a smart pick for your ADU.

How ECM Homes Can Help

ECM Homes is your go-to for finding the perfect manufactured home for your ADU. We’re known for quality, good prices, and making customers happy. We guide you through every step. This includes setting a budget, finding the right spot for your home, and picking the home and features that fit your needs.

We ensure things get done when they need to, such as ensuring you get the money you need, buying the land, and placing your home order. We prepare the land and ensure your home arrives and is set up just right.

Our team knows all about permits and installation, so you don’t have to worry. We work hard to make everything match your budget and needs. ECM Homes focuses on affordable, affordable homes that fit what you’re looking for. Our main goal? To make sure you’re happy with your new ADU.

Are You Ready to Add a Manufactured Home as an ADU on Your Property?

Whether you’re looking to add an ADU to bring mom and dad closer or to gain more living space. ECM Homes is here to help. We’re a licensed dealer of Palm Harbor Homes which means you can ensure that your new home will be just what you are looking for.

Contact us at ECM Homes today. We’re ready to help you improve your living space.