With over 30 years of professional experience in the Washington Metro area, the principals of Capital Dwelling have an extensive background in the areas of finance, development and urban planning. We are excited to put this experience to work for homeowners in the DC region and help maximize the value of their property by adding an ADU. Please take a moment to read the sections that follow to discover what makes our firm unique and find out why we think ADUs are the ideal home project for today’s lifestyle.
Why you should consider adding an ADU to your backyard
Additional Space at Home
There are so many demands on our homes these days. Whether it’s the need for a home office, a homework room for the kids or a place for a relative to stay, our homes have never played a more central role in our lives and they are being overwhelmed with activity. Accessory units help relieve this stress. They provide a quiet refuge, steps away from your primary residence.
With a full kitchen and bathroom and a typical size around 400 square feet, ADUs can also function as a rental unit in your backyard. They are popular options for tenants seeking an alternative to apartment living or for couples looking to get away for a weekend. Whatever the arrangement, accessory units can be a solid income generator for a homeowner.
We also offer programs that help offset the cost of ownership through ongoing lease and management agreements. You enjoy the increase in property value as your ADU pays for itself.
Increased Home Value
When you build an ADU you are making an investment in your home. Accessory units increase the livable area on your property, and they can generate significant rental income for the homeowner. Both factors can drive an increase in home value.
ADU is short for Accessory Dwelling Unit. They are also commonly known as granny flats, in-law suites, backyard homes and a whole host of other names. The important thing to keep in mind is that these are designed to be full-time living quarters. As a result, these units are heavily regulated by local jurisdictions.
Each fixed, up-front price includes the customized design and complete turn-key installation of your new backyard space. We take care of all the permitting, site work and interior build-out as well.
Prefab is a construction technique where all or a portion of the work takes place in a controlled environment, like a manufacturing facility, and the finished product is than shipped to the site for final assembly. Prefab construction is typically 20% to 30% more efficient than traditional construction methods.
Ultimately, it’s a personal choice. Size and budget will be key considerations, but also think about how you want to use the space, now and in the future. These units are incredibly flexible and the larger the unit the more adaptive it can be to your changing needs over time.
We primarily work in the District and the immediate surrounding counties, although we are always looking to explore new areas for the right project.
The exact start to finish time will depend on the type of project and the speed of the permitting process in your local jurisdiction. You can reference more detail about our typical projected timeline at the bottom of our How it Works page
We let you decorate the finished unit as you see fit, although we are happy to help with furniture suggestions and possible layouts if you like.
All of our units share the same signature look and feel created by the award winning designers at Hickock Cole. The differences are in size and standard features. Our home offices are climate controlled and equipped with a full electrical and communications package. The Suite adds a half bath and the Backyard Home comes with a professional grade kitchen and full bathroom.
We would love to put multiple structures on every site we visit, sadly, most jurisdictions in the area only allow a single detached unit per property.