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How Changes in Zoning Laws Impact ADUs in Salt Lake County
June 16, 2023

In recent years, the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) has faced numerous challenges due to restrictive zoning and planning regulations. However, with the implementation of new zoning laws, property owners can now benefit from greater flexibility when it comes to building ADUs on non-residential properties. This article explores the implications of the change in zoning laws and how it can positively impact real estate investors, owners of non-residential properties, and the typical homeowner.

Previously, ADUs could only be constructed on single-family home lots and limited areas of the city. However, the new zoning code allows property owners to add ADUs to existing multifamily properties and commercially zoned areas. This expansion of opportunities opens up new possibilities for real estate investors, individuals with non-residential properties, and the typical homeowner.

Under the old regulations, property owners seeking to build an ADU had to obtain approval from the Planning Commission. This process involved submitting preliminary drawings, notifying neighbors, and addressing concerns at community council meetings. Unfortunately, this often resulted in a lengthy approval timeline of up to three months. The new zoning code streamlines the process by treating ADUs like other construction projects such as garages, additions, and remodels. This change eliminates unnecessary delays, allowing property owners to move forward with ADU construction more efficiently.

The previous Planning Commission process was time-consuming, leading to delays in ADU construction. To manage client expectations, construction professionals would set realistic timelines and communicate the waiting period involved in the approval process. Despite the long timeframe, clients were reassured that their ADUs would ultimately meet code requirements, enabling them to proceed with construction.

Before the new code, the maximum footprint for a garage was 720 square feet, while the ADU living space was limited to 650 square feet. This often required creative solutions such as building a larger garage with a smaller footprint for the ADU. However, the updated code is expected to allow the living space to extend over the garage, maximizing both the garage and living area. Although setbacks from neighboring properties will still apply, the new code provides more design options for property owners.

Under the previous regulations, there were several challenges in constructing ADUs. The lengthy approval process deterred some homeowners, while restrictions on ADU height and size based on the primary home's footprint limited design possibilities. With smaller homes becoming more prevalent, the limited size of ADUs posed a significant obstacle for homeowners.

Yes, it is possible to have a garage and ADU combination or separate structures on a property. However, the total footprint of all structures, including the primary home, cannot exceed 50% of the lot size. For instance, if the lot is 3,000 square feet, the total footprint of all structures combined cannot exceed 1,500 square feet.

Previously, detached ADUs were limited to a maximum size of 650 square feet. This constrained the number of bedrooms and limited occupancy options. However, with the new zoning laws, homeowners can now build ADUs up to 1,000 square feet, allowing for additional bedrooms and catering to small families or multiple tenants. This increase in square footage expands the rental market and provides more housing options.

With the changes in zoning laws, homeowners planning to construct ADUs this year can expect a significantly reduced timeline. Previously, the approval process alone would take around 4-5 months before construction could begin. Now, property owners can start construction within approximately 1-3 months, depending on the design phase.

The recent changes in zoning laws have brought about a positive shift in the construction of ADUs on non-residential properties. The expanded opportunities and streamlined approval process benefit real estate investors and property owners, providing greater flexibility in constructing ADUs. The increased square footage for detached ADUs and the ability to combine garages with ADUs offer more options for living space. Overall, these changes promote housing affordability and diversity, benefiting both homeowners and the community.

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An Update to Our Custom ADU Build in The Avenues
June 16, 2023

We're excited to take you through the construction process of our latest completed Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) right here in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. Over a span of nine months, we crafted a one-bedroom, one-bath ADU, spanning approximately 650 square feet. Join us as we share the story of this project, highlighting the careful planning, attention to detail, and dedication that went into creating a stunning living space that perfectly complements our client's primary residence.

Our project started with a personal connection and a shared vision. Our clients had a clear idea of their dream ADU, and we were honored to be entrusted with bringing it to life. From the beginning, we fostered open lines of communication and collaboration, ensuring that their needs, preferences, and lifestyle were at the forefront of our design process.

One crucial aspect of this project was navigating the zoning and planning requirements. We understand that this can be a time-consuming process, which is why we worked diligently to streamline it as much as possible. Though it took approximately three months to secure the necessary permits, we remained in constant communication with our clients, keeping them informed every step of the way.

With the permits in hand, it was time to delve into the exciting design phase. Our team of experienced architects and designers worked closely with our clients, taking inspiration from their primary residence to create a seamless harmony between the ADU and the existing structure. Every detail, from the exterior finishes to the interior layout, was carefully considered to ensure that the ADU blended effortlessly with the surrounding aesthetics.

As the construction phase commenced, our team's expertise and attention to detail shone through. We take great pride in our workmanship, and it was essential for us to convey that same dedication to our clients throughout the entire project. With their trust in us, we meticulously executed each stage, from the foundation to the roof, ensuring that every corner of the ADU met our high standards of quality and craftsmanship.

Creating a home is about more than just physical construction—it's about transforming a space into a haven that reflects the unique personality and style of its occupants. In the final stages of the build, we worked closely with our clients to add personalized touches and finishing flourishes, such as selecting paint colors, cabinetry, and fixtures. This collaborative process allowed us to create a space that felt truly custom-made for them.

As we wrap up this project, we couldn't be prouder of the end result—a beautiful custom ADU that not only meets our client's needs but also surpasses their expectations. Throughout the nine-month process, we cultivated a strong personal relationship with our clients, fostering open communication and mutual respect.

At Built By Design Construction, we understand the importance of creating dream homes. With our meticulous planning, attention to detail, and dedication to client satisfaction, we strive to exceed expectations every step of the way. If you're considering embarking on a similar project, we invite you to reach out and discover how we can bring your vision to life. Built By Design - Elevating life through inspired design and intentional construction.

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What’s the difference between a Tiny Home and an ADU?
June 20, 2023

We are excited to share that we were on ABC4's Good Things Utah, where we had the chance to talk briefly about the ADU policy changes that just arrived in Salt Lake County and were able to talk a bit more about "tiny homes" in Utah.

Crafting a welcoming and personalized living environment holds significant importance for numerous individuals. Equally crucial is achieving this in a cost-effective manner. At Built By Design Construction, our team of skilled builders is dedicated to transforming your dream home into a tangible reality, irrespective of the project's scale.

When contemplating the construction of a smaller structure, such as a "Tiny Home" or an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), it is essential to consider a few key aspects. Our team at Built By Design is readily available to guide you through the process, shedding light on important details and highlighting the numerous benefits these structures can offer. Whether you seek affordability, additional living space, or even an opportunity to generate income through rentals without intruding upon your primary residence, we are here to help.

Navigating the realm of rules and regulations can be challenging, but with our years of experience, you can rest assured that you'll be well-informed. We strive to equip you with the necessary knowledge, ensuring you can make informed decisions throughout the entire journey. Click on the following to read the ABC4 Good Things Utah article.

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