25. Everything You Need To Know About Building Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

As housing demand increases, more and more municipalities have begun allowing property owners to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs). These supplementary properties not only help with the housing crisis, they can also help maximize a client's home, and provide a passive income. In this episode Breck, Leslie, and Claire share insight on exactly what an ADU is and why they are popping up on properties all across the county. Here's a glimpse of what you'll learn from us in this episode:

  • What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit.

  • Why there is an increase in cities allowing ADU development.

  • Parameters and restrictions of ADUs.

  • Questions you need to ask yourself in order to maximize your property.

  • Breck's Project Highlight of the Week: West End Bin! (Renamed from Byrere Terrace ADU)

“There’s a housing crisis and we [the United States] don’t have enough units for the people looking for units right now.” 


-Breck Crandell (Director of Design, TSI)

Listen to today's episode on Spotify and Apple



  • 0:30 - Introduction into Episode 25.

  • 2:05 - Breck’s project highlight of the week: West End Bin! (Renamed from Byrere Terrace ADU)

  • 5:13 - What is an ADU, and why are they becoming so popular?

  • 8:20 - How the housing crisis is affecting development of ADUs in cities.

  • 11:26 - Parameters and restrictions of ADUs.

  • 18:15 - The pros and cons of designing an ADU upfront, even if you are not ready to build it.

  • 22:06 - How to find if you can build an ADU on your property.

  • 24:13 - The questions you need to ask yourself in order to maximize your property and increase cash flow.

  • 30:51 - What would it look like to build 2 ADUs?

  • 32:00 - Concluding thoughts for Episode 25.


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