‘DO YOU ADU?’ is a campaign by MOD³ DESIGN aimed at raising awareness around Salt Lake City’s new ADU Ordinance and how YOU can help solve Utah’s Housing Gap problem.
WHAT IS AN ADU?
An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a smaller, independent residential dwelling unit located on the same lot as a stand-alone single-family home. ADUs go by many different names, including accessory apartments, secondary suites, and granny flats. They can be placed at ground level or over a garage to add even more usable space and value to your home.
ARE ADUs ALLOWED IN SALT LAKE CITY?
YES! After nearly a decade in the works, Salt Lake City recently approved a new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance. On Tuesday, October 16 2018, the Salt Lake City Council adopted the new ADU ordinance that allows local residents to build smaller accessory residential units on their properties. Where the previous rules restricted ADUs to areas near public transit stops such as TRAX, FrontRunner, etc., the new ordinance now allows for ADUs to be built citywide.
WHAT ARE THE PERSONAL BENEFITS OF AN ADU?
ADUs are a great way to earn additional income by utilizing space on your existing property that is otherwise not getting any use. With the average rent for an apartment in Salt Lake City around $1,200/month and nightly Airbnb rates averaging $98/night, the money you make can either offset or fully cover your mortgage on the whole property. In addition, since the ADU becomes part of your existing property, it increases your entire home’s value and results in a higher price when you sell or refinance.
SPACE AND PRIVACY
Since ADUs provide a completely separate living space, they are ideal for having aging parents live where you can easily assist them, or where they can help with childcare. They also serve as a space for visiting relatives to sleep without being under the same roof, or as a way to offer a college student affordable rent in a nice neighborhood.
HOW DOES BUILDING AN ADU HELP SALT LAKE CITY?
By adding an ADU to your property, you’re not only increasing the value of your home and earning additional income, you’re also helping alleviate some of the pain associated with Utah’s growing Housing Gap problem. With a growing population, rising home prices, and decreasing housing inventory, ADUs are a great way to add more affordable housing options in existing neighborhoods.
I’M READY FOR MY ADU! HOW DO I GET STARTED?
MOD³ DESIGN offers a wide selection of models ranging from a 160sf/studio to a 640sf/two-bedroom/one-bath that would be perfect as an ADU. With our All-inclusive ADU Packages, we’ll not only help you determine if your property qualifies for an ADU, we’ll also handle the entire process — from permitting, utilities, and foundation, all the way through construction, delivery, and installation. Browse our 2000 SERIES designs on our MODELS page to find the one that best fits your needs then contact us for more information on getting things started. Feel free to reach out at anytime throughout the process with any questions you may have. We’re ready to help you make your ADU dream a reality!
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON SALT LAKE CITY’S ADU ORDINANCE?
The Salt Lake City Planning Division has designed a handbook for property owners who are interested in building an ADU on their property. This guide provides you with general information including: eligibility, ADU configurations, application process, commonly used terms, frequently asked questions, and resources.
For help navigating the new ADU Handbook or to learn more about our models and options, send us a message via our contact form and we’d be glad to help! You can also learn more about our MOD³ homes on our FAQ and MODELS pages.
WHAT IF I DON’T LIVE IN SALT LAKE CITY?
Other cities in Utah, and even nationwide, have laws regarding ADUs. If you don’t live in Salt Lake City, but are interested in building an ADU and earning additional income, contact us and we’ll help you find out more about ADU laws in your city!
HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT RENTING A MOD³ ADU IF I DON’T OWN PROPERTY?
If you’re interested in living in an ADU, but don’t currently own property to build one, register your interest on our ADU Renter Interest List and we’ll contact you when a new MOD³ ADU becomes available! Register Here