Accessory Dwelling Units


What Are They?

Brach Design ADU. Construction photo from August 2018

Brach Design ADU. Construction photo from August 2018

  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are permitted in residential zones of Salt Lake City

  • Separate dwelling units that can be added to existing housing stock to provide more housing in established neighborhoods

  • Must be smaller in size than the principal dwelling unit both in square footage and height

  • Can be separate structures (think apartment over the garage) or can be located within the existing house

  • Require an additional off-street parking space (per bedroom) unless located within 1/4 mile of transit stop (including bus)

Why Add an ADU?

Accessory Dwelling Unit schematic option

Accessory Dwelling Unit schematic option

  • Expand housing options for relatives. Examples include: aging parents you'd like to be closer to, children who want their own space or who are returning home

  • Increase income potential of your property (i.e. rent ADU or rent principal dwelling)

  • Increase the value of your property. 2 dwelling units more valuable than 1

Brach Design Can Help

Brach Design has designed and observed construction on actual ADUs in Salt Lake. We know and can help decipher all the rules and regulations around their design. Designing an ADU is much like designing a house, although it helps to work with an architect who has been there and done that. With our help, you can invest in your property to increase value and income; a long-term investment with a great return.

Contact us to start the conversation!