In case you missed it, the City of Raleigh launched NC’s first Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Fast Track program and gallery last month. The program, which comes on the heels of the announcement of Raleigh’s first tiny house village last spring (more on that below!), will make building an ADU more accessible for Raleigh residents.
The City of Raleigh defines an ADU as:
An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a small, self-contained home that is located on the same lot as a primary dwelling. ADUs may be detached, attached, or internal to the primary dwelling. An ADU may also be located above a garage or in a basement. They can be one story or two stories.
Through the gallery, Raleighites can explore and purchase fast-track ADU plans from the designer at a reduced fee. You will then have to prepare a site plan for the structure to get proper permits from the city. Once the city reviews your project for zoning, stormwater, and other applicable trades, permits will be issued, and you’ll be on your way to building an ADU in Raleigh! Sounds easy enough, right?
You might be wondering why anyone would want to live in such a small residence as an ADU, but, in reality, they serve many purposes. ADUs are great for housing an older loved one that may want their own privacy. They’re also ideal for use as a backyard guest suite, home office, or studio. In Raleigh, ADUs can even be rented out or used as short-term rentals (through, say, Airbnb and VRBO). However, it’s important to note that restrictive covenants and overlays may prevent accessory dwellings, so make sure you do your research if that’s important to you.
Raleigh’s First Tiny Home Community
Building on all the hubbub surrounding ADUs, Raleigh-based Nomad Development is expected to break ground on the city’s first tiny home community this year. The community, located on Rock Quarry Road, will feature 40 ~500-square-foot open-concept houses, as well as a 3,000-square-foot community home that will be designed as a co-living space with a large kitchen, loft, and co-working areas. It just goes to show that sometimes smaller is better!
Let Us Be Your Guide
Navigating ADUs and tiny homes (not to mention the permits, fees, etc. associated with them) can be tricky. We can help! Give us a call today at 919-868-4383 to start the conversation.