Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are secondary living structures, which can include things like tiny homes and converted garages. If you plan to build one on your property, you'll first need to develop plans. You can have success with this development if you take a couple of key steps.

See What's Legal First

Before you start to come up with elaborate building plans for an accessory dwelling unit, it's important to first see what's legally allowed first. Then you can structure this development project accordingly, safeguarding you from costly penalties.

For instance, you might have to place this ADU around a specific area on your property and get permits before any work is completed. Fortunately, building codes for ADUs are readily available online. You can also discuss them with a professional builder to see how you need to set up this build from a legal standpoint. You can then design your plans accordingly. 

Maximize the Space That's Available

Accessory dwelling units are typically smaller than the primary dwellings on the same property, but that doesn't mean you have to let space constraints cause issues with your building plans. You just need to work with the space that is available.

One of the smartest ways to maximize space in this unit is to make use of vertical space. You could put a loft at the top and an office at the bottom near the same area for instance. Just work within the spatial constraints you're given and your building plans will come out perfect.

Decide Between Custom and Standard Plans

When it comes to building plans for ADUs, you can go standard or custom. The former option might be best if you're on a tight budget and want to get this build completed as quickly as possible.

Conversely, if you want an accessory dwelling unit that's particularly unique and meets all of your requirements, you can come up with custom building plans. If you go this route, it might be a good idea to talk to a professional designer who has ample experience with these custom plans. They can steer you in the right direction, as well as keep you rooted in reality.

A lot of homeowners put accessory dwelling units on their properties to give them more value and space to work with. If you want to do the same, take your time refining building plans for said unit. The more detailed and relevant they are, the easier this build will be to complete.  

Look into services that can help you with your ADU building plans to learn more.