Accessory Dwelling Units

Add square footage to your property and increase your home value.

Are you looking to increase the floor space of your home? Do you need more space for your newly adult child, an expanding family, or your parents or in-laws?


Increasing the space in your home can be a challenging prospect – tearing down and rebuilding a home can take time and a significant investment, and moving and buying a new home similarly demands not only significant out-of-pocket costs but is also unlikely to be a feasible option for everyone.


In such a situation, an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) can be a life-saver. You’ve probably heard of ADUs referred to by a number of alternative names, including granny flats, or in-law apartments.


These add-on living spaces consist of a full kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area. They can either be attached to your home – for example, as an above-the-garage unit – or function as an independent cottage or carriage-house on your property.


At R. Clary Builders, we know that ADUs can be a necessary home modification process, and are available to provide you with all necessary support during the construction process. Even if you do not have a pressing need for a home extension, Kailua accessory dwelling units can have several advantages.


One of the biggest things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to extend your home is that ADUs can help increase property values. ADUs serve an increasing demand from families – which is, a larger living area to help defray other costs that arise from separate homes. 


This means that should you ever feel the need to put your home on the market, you are likely to get a higher rate for it if it has an ADU on the property. You can also rent out the ADU for additional income if you are not using it for family reasons.

ADUs are usually chosen when homeowners are looking to help family members that require home care, or defray rising costs of rent and living for younger family members, including children. Compared to paying for a quality care home or renting a home, the out-of-pocket cost of an ADU can be much more affordable in the long run. If you’re looking to create long-term housing for a family member, a Kailua accessory dwelling unit is perhaps one of the more budget-friendly options out there.


Trying to fit a large or multigenerational family into a single home can often be a challenge. By building an ADU and increasing the floor and living space of your home, you reduce the issue of cramped living spaces.


More space for all family members means a reduction in any tension that might exist in the home. An ADU involves not only sleeping space but also a full kitchen and bathroom area. This means that there is no longer a concern of shared bathrooms or limited beds.


Though ADUs are also known as granny flats or in-law apartments, they are not only meant for older family members. As the costs of rent and living skyrocket, it is becoming more and more common for children to either return to live with their parents or for them to simply not move out after or during university.


In such a situation, not only does an add-on ADU provide your adult child with a private living space of their own, they can also be used as a starter home for them. ADUs can also be an effective way for parents to help get young adults, who plan on leaving home for university, ready to live alone without parental help.


Regardless of the reason, you may choose to extend your home with an ADU, R. Clary Builders can offer you an experienced team of builders and designers to help bring your vision to life. ADUs help you take advantage of underutilized property space in a way that can pay dividends for years to come.


*Please that according to the City and County of Honolulu Land Use Ordinance, ADUs are only allowed on single-family lots.