Ranch Accessory Dwelling Unit: Exterior Attached Addition

Description of Conversion

An Exterior Attached Addition is a great option for a ranch style home, especially those that are hard to do an interior conversion with. The homeowner has a lot more freedom when it comes to parameters to build within. As long as the addition is within the zoning laws, the ADU isn’t limited by existing space. This allows for more flexibility to create a space that is ADA accessible while also allowing the ADU to be accessed from within the existing home.

Pros and Cons 

Pros

  • Space is less limited
  • Don’t need to worry about fitting within a existing parameter
  • Won't be losing existing space within the existing house
  • Availability to extend and connect into existing plumbing, electrical, and HVAC 
  • Family member will be under the same roof

  • Cons

    • Space to build is limited by local zoning 
    • Need to extend existing plumbing, electrical, and HVAC 
    • New construction, from foundation to facade 

Options for Conversion: 

On the pages that follow, take a closer look at housing's connections to the Freestanding New Structure.


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