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The cross construction team, from left, Savanah Prichard, Cailin Drakos, Jake Strehlow, Lauren Hagglund and Kirk Westerfield. Courtesy photo
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When your kids move back home & you need space an ADU might be the answer

Just when you thought you finally made it as an empty-nester, life has thrown you another curve ball.

One of your eldest children announced she’s coming back to the roost and wants her old room back. Unfortunately, you’ve already turned it into a hobby room and you’re not about to start moving things around.

Relax, the answer might be as easy as building an Accessory Dwelling Unit aka ADU or also known as a Granny Flat.

Granny flats or guest houses are attached or detached residential dwelling units situated on the same lot as an existing single-family dwelling unit.

Cross Construction specializes in designing and creating accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Courtesy photo

You can kill two birds with one stone by building an ADU: let your daughter return home and add more space. And, when she does finally move out you can rent the ADU out and generate additional income as a rental unit.

Now is the time to consider an ADU as CA state law has changed to encourage the building of more affordable housing. For example, different cities in North County have adopted and updated their own ordinances to make building ADUs simple, so it’s a slam dunk.

Many homeowners in Encinitas, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, and Oceanside are building ADUs since the state now says they can be built concurrently with a single-family home.

Additionally, they’ve opened areas were ADUs can be built, reduced fees and parking requirements, and amended building setbacks from property lines.  It is now easier than ever to build an ADU.

Encinitas for instance is at the forefront of the ADU trend with eight pre-designed plans, ranging from a small studio to 3 full bedrooms, designed by two talented local architects. These plans are part of the City’s PRADU, or permit ready ADU, program that also includes reduced fees and expedited permitting timeframes. This allows homeowners to quickly add an ADU to their property with minimal costs.

“Besides adding increased property value, generating additional income, ADU’s offer multigenerational living and an overall great lifestyle,” said Cross Construction Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer Cailin Drakos.

Locally owned Cross Construction Inc. is a leading commercial and residential general contractor and has been serving the community of San Diego County since 1991. Cross specializes in ADUs, custom homes, extensive remodels, landscaping, and commercial projects. Cross has several experienced teams who self-perform all landscape and hardscape to ensure your project is delivered with the highest quality.

Once you decide on adding an ADU to your property, Cross Construction Inc. can help with all phases from financing and design to permitting and construction. In order to streamline the process and make it even easier for you, Cross worked with an interior designer to create standardized interior finish packages. Simply select what works for your budget and Cross will handle the rest. Or you can work directly with the Cross designer to customize the look and feel of your new ADU.

Whether it is the expertise of the Cross team, the depth of its planning, the quality of its craftsmanship or its attention to your specific construction needs and desires, Cross is committed to bringing your construction project to life.

We invite you to consider building your ADU now and start living your dream lifestyle!

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