Garage Apartments, Carriage Houses, and Basement ADU’s in Denver ( Accessory Dwelling Units)

18 October 2016

Thinking of Building a Carriage House or Garage Apartment in Denver?
These are called Accessory Dwelling Units (or A.D.U.) and at L & D construction we have the experience and team to build one on your property.

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Here’s a little history about A.D.U’s, as Carriage Houses, Garage apartments and even in Basements in Denver.

In 2010 the city of Denver changed its building codes to allow what is in essence a second residential structure on a homeowners property in certain areas of Denver, joining Arvada and Golden as areas that are zoned for Accessory Dwelling Units.

So what are Accessory Dwelling Units? Basically, it is an additional residential structure on your property. The most common of these are Carriage Houses, Garage Apartments, and Basement Apartments. 

These additional residents on a property can satisfy several needs for a homeowner as well as the community. Today Denver has more than 3500 Carriage houses or garage apartments! For the Denver area, these new residences provide affordable housing that is needed. A Garage apartment or basement zones as an ADU can be rented out, and in many cases that rent will cover the mortgage payment or even be above the payment, while providing a relatively low-cost residence for someone in Denver.

Perhaps the most common reason is simply to add additional flexible living space to smaller homes with growing families. Many of Denver’s older neighborhoods have smaller older homes but are in the most sought after areas of town, so when the family begins to grow the choice is to either add space or move.

Unlike a home addition or a pop top, a Garage Apartment, Carriage house or Alley Flat can provide the extra space you need, while providing additional income when it’s not needed for your family. Used as an office, or the living area for visiting family and friends, and rented out when not needed. These unique buildings give a family or homeowner a great deal of flexibility that a home addition does not.

To build your new space, L and D Construction offers a complete team of professionals in Real Estate, Construction, and architecture and design.

Call us today to schedule a free consultation. 303-895-9979

Have questions about if your home is in a neighborhood zoned for an ADU?  Email sarah@ldconstructiondenver.com .  Or call our main number.

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