Cloud Nine Construction

Accessory Dwelling Units

Cloud Nine Construction makes incorporating legally compliant, safe, and affordable accessory dwelling units (ADUs) into your real estate portfolio easy. Whether you intend to create more space for yourself and your loved ones or build a rental unit to capture additional income, you’ll find everything you need to move forward with construction right here with us.

We source the finest construction materials and follow strict zoning, permitting, and building code regulations to bring you building solutions that add significant value and curb appeal to your property. Count on us for design expertise, meticulous construction, and streamlined project management from start to finish.

Call (559) 289-8991 to reserve an appointment to consult with our licensed builders.

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What Is an Accessory Dwelling Unit?

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a secondary housing unit located on the same lot as a primary residence. These units are designed to be completely independent living spaces, containing their own kitchen, sleeping, and bathroom facilities.

ADUs can be detached from the main house, like a backyard cottage, or attached, like a built-out space above a garage. They can even be created within the interior of a house, such as a basement apartment.

Well-designed ADUs can significantly enhance a property's value by providing accessory living space, rental income potential, or accommodations for extended family members.

How Much Space Do You Need for an ADU?

The amount of space required for an ADU can vary depending on local zoning and construction regulations and the specific design of the unit. Generally, homeowners should have enough lot size and yard space to accommodate a detached ADU or the necessary additions for an attached unit without compromising the primary residence or exceeding maximum lot coverage requirements. The size of the ADU itself is often limited to a percentage of the main home's square footage or a maximum square footage.

Custom Accessory Dwelling Unit Designs

You’ll find we’re the resource you need to guarantee the success of your ADU project, whether you’re looking to create an in-law suite to house members of your family, you want to upgrade your home office, or you want to contribute to solving the housing problem by becoming a landlord. Our custom accessory dwelling unit designs encompass all your style preferences and goals for this space while adhering to strict local construction regulations and zoning laws.

All you have to do is let us know the scope of your build, where your property is located, and your budget and proposed construction timeline. We’ll offer you a detailed estimate and set a realistic building schedule to reduce disturbances to your existing property and surrounding neighborhood as much as possible.

ADU Options Personalized to Suit Your Goals

Sit down with our design team to explore ADU options that reflect your lifestyle and enhance the usability of your residential property. Our building prowess is only limited by local laws and safety practices. We’ll work diligently alongside you to design a one-of-a-kind space that’s finished to your liking and is built to withstand the test of time.

Some of our most popular accessory-dwelling designs include the following:

Garage ADU

Is an over-the-garage ADU something you’re considering? This type of ADU, often called a garage apartment or carriage house, is a fantastic way to add value to your property and create additional living space.

It’s essential to consider your existing garage’s structural integrity and foundation strength. It needs to support the additional weight of a living space above it. You’ll also need to think about access to this space—typically, an external staircase is required.

Utilities are another critical consideration. You’ll need to plan for electrical, plumbing, and heating systems that are independent of or integrated adequately with those of your main house. Let our builders guide the way in creating a feasible dwelling over your garage.

Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU)

Our expertise in Fresno’s specific zoning requirements and ADU regulations allows us to design and build JADUs that meet legal standards and fulfill your unique housing requirements. We take pride in our commitment to quality craftsmanship and attention to detail, ensuring your JADU is built to be functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Our team is skilled in maximizing the utility of compact spaces, creating comfortable and efficient 500-square-foot living areas that enhance property value. We understand the importance of integrating your JADU with your existing property, ensuring seamless design continuity.

Detached ADU

Building a detached ADU offers numerous benefits, including added privacy, the potential for rental income, and a boost in your property’s overall value. As a detached structure, it provides a separate living space from your primary residence, ideal for guests, tenants, or family members who want their own space. It’s also a versatile solution to accommodate a home office, studio, or retreat.

Choosing us as your builders for this project means entrusting your ADU to a team with a track record of excellence. We specialize in creating custom ADUs that are functional, stylish, and tailored to your choices.

Attached ADU

Constructing an attached accessory dwelling unit is a great way to increase your living space while maintaining the overall design of your property. Integrating your ADU with your primary residence means easier access and shared utilities, which can simplify construction and daily living. This unique blend of functionality and convenience offers the best of both worlds.

Why not partner with a team that excels at integrating new structures with existing architecture?

What Does an Accessory Dwelling Unit Cost?

The cost of an ADU can vary greatly depending on the type you're adding. Creating a unit within a home is often the cheapest since there's no need to create a new structure. However, prices can vary depending on the amount of work needed to change the layout and add utilities.

Additions to a house or detached ADUs can be far more expensive due to the need to create an entirely new structure.

Do You Need a Permit for an ADU?

Yes, in most jurisdictions, homeowners will need to obtain the required permits and approvals before constructing an ADU. This typically involves submitting detailed plans, adhering to local zoning and building code requirements, and securing the appropriate permits from the relevant authorities. Failure to acquire the necessary permits can result in hefty fines, delays, or even the need to remove the unauthorized structure.

The best way to prevent hiccups, delays, and fines is to consult with local officials to obtain a list of approvals you need before the project commences.

How Long Does It Take to Build an ADU?

No two projects are alike. Some are straightforward and quick, while others have many working parts and take a while to wrap up. In general, a well-planned and efficiently executed ADU construction project can take anywhere from a few months to a year, from the initial planning stages to the final completion.

Factors such as obtaining permits, completing the necessary site preparation, accessing materials, and coordinating the various trades involved can all impact the overall construction timeline. When you partner with us, we'll work closely with you to establish a realistic schedule and plan for any potential delays.

How Many ADUs Can You Put on One Property?

The number of ADUs allowed on a single property can vary significantly depending on the local zoning and by-law regulations and the existing structures on the site. In general, most jurisdictions permit at least one ADU, whether it's a detached or attached unit. However, some areas may allow for multiple ADUs depending on lot size and other factors.

Consult with your municipality to inquire about building regulations and restrictions before moving ahead with project planning and budgeting.

We’re Well-Versed in ADU Construction Requirements

Start your ADU construction on the right foot by collaborating with a small home builder who creates significant property value improvements. We have what it takes to help you navigate zoning requirements, secure building permits, and meet foundation and electrical requirements.

ADU Zoning

ADU zoning laws determine where an accessory dwelling can be built, its size, and how it can be used. Zoning regulations also cover how many ADUs can be constructed on a single property and their placement relative to your primary residence. Having a good handle on these laws is essential to ensure your new building fits into the city’s broader urban plan, and you’re not in danger of being penalized or prohibited from moving forward with your project.

We’re here to help ensure zoning isn’t a problem. Call us today to learn more about our experienced builders and what we do to make planning your build as hassle-free as possible.

ADU Permits

Applying for ADU permits is a critical step that serves multiple important purposes. Obtaining a permit ensures your ADU project complies with local building codes and zoning regulations, which are in place to guarantee safety, structural integrity, and community standards.

These codes cover a range of considerations, including:

  • Fire safety
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing systems
  • Structural design
  • …and more!

By securing the necessary permits, you demonstrate adherence to these standards and protect future inhabitants of the ADU. Let us take care of the permitting process on your behalf to take all the stress out of submitting the correct forms to the proper authorities.

Work with a Well-Established ADU Contractor: Call Cloud Nine Construction Today

Cloud Nine Construction is the home of the seasoned ADU contractors you can trust to bring your goals for a secondary backyard dwelling to life. We know local building regulations inside and out. We’ll guide you in selecting the unit design and building materials that meet local code and safety requirements and satisfy your desire for a secondary building that complements the rest of your property.

Call (559) 289-8991 to schedule an appointment to consult with us at your earliest convenience.