Frequently Asked Questions - ADUs

Are Accessory Dwelling Units a solution to the affordable housing crisis?

ADUs are one of many potential solutions to the California housing Crisis. Other potential solutions include:

1. Developing on infill land
2. Intensifying housing around transit hubs
3. Adding units to underutilized urban land zoned for multi-family development
4. Accelerating land use approvals.

How are tiny homes and prefab homes different from accessory dwelling units?

Homeowners permanently place an ADU on their property to add value and increase square footage. Local zoning and building codes dictate the size of an ADU, even if it is modular construction.

Tiny Homes are mounted on a trailer and intended to be moved from place to place. The size of a tiny home depends on the size of its trailer frame. For this reason, tiny homes are typically less than 300 square feet.

The terms "prefab homes" and "modular homes" refer to the type of construction that may be used for an ADU. They are constructed inside a manufacturing facility, which controls quality and cost. Similarly, terms such as "small prefab homes" or "modern prefab homes" also refer to modular, off-site construction and not the actual ADU meaning.

A common misconception is that they are mobile, which is not true. Accessory Dwelling Units built with modular construction have a foundation and are permanently installed.

How do these fare in extreme weather conditions?

MODZZ manufactures its modular units with steel frames. Among all materials used for structural framing systems, structural steel is the most resilient in withstanding extreme events. This is because of its inherent durability, strength, and elasticity. In addition, it's non-combustible and resistant to decomposition.

Will adding an accessory dwelling unit to my home increase its value upon resale?

An ADU adds square footage to your property, which adds value to your home. In addition, you can generate income by renting your ADU, which adds value. In many California cities with high rental rates, renting out an ADU can allow owners to achieve double digit annual returns on their investment.

When is the next webinar?

Please refer to our calendar to join our next webinar. You can reserve your space there.

What is the best way to finance an ADU?

Homeowners can refinance their existing mortgage and pay for some or all of the ADU purchase. Another option for financing an ADU is a home equity line of credit (HELOC).

How much do the modular units cost?

While it depends on the size and location of the unit and the upgrades the buyer selects, the small base unit starts at $79,000. Comparatively, the cost of modular home construction for an ADU is much less than building on your property with traditional construction methods.

Does the price include transporation and installation?

Yes, the price includes transporting the ADU and installing it on your property. This includes the foundation and all utility hookups. MODZZ handles the entire process for its customers.

Can I speak to someone now?

We would be happy to speak with you about your project. Please book your time on our calendar. We have immediate appointments available.

Are there any model homes available for viewing?

Our MODZZ showroom is currently in progress. In the meantime, you're invited to view our ADU floorplans and portfolio.

Do you have financing available?

Be sure to ask your sales representative about financing options that may be available through one of our referral partners.