Designing an ADU can be an expensive and time-consuming step. Many people hire designers to develop their floor plans, but is there another way? We’ve heard rumors of an easier way to complete the design phase of building an ADU, leading us to wonder, are there free ADU plans?
Free ADU Floor Plans
Many cities have realized that ADU development helps combat the homelessness crisis by offering affordable housing to low-income families. As a result, these cities have taken initiatives to encourage ADU development. Grants and special loans have been devised, along with pre-approved ADU floor plans. These pre-approved floor plans save you time and money during the permitting phase.
Most cities’ pre-approved floor plans are free. So, not only do you save on a designer, but you also get your permits much quicker to speed up your construction process. The only downfall is that there are not many free ADU floor plans to choose from. As a result, there may not be one that fits your unique needs.
Buying ADU Floor Plans
You can save money on a designer by buying ADU floor plans as well. They don’t cost as much as a completely unique one, but there are more options to choose from than the free ones. Some ADU professionals that offer ADU floor plans for purchase also allow you to customize them to meet your needs. That way you can still get what you want but at a much more affordable rate. It also does not take as long to acquire.
Should You Get A Premade Floor Plan?
If you don’t have specific design tastes in mind, we recommend going for a premade floor plan. They save you time and money during your ADU development.
If you are not picky about how your unit looks, look into what free floor plans your city offers and see if they are pre-approved to expedite the permitting process. If you want some control over design, buy one from a reputable ADU professional.