Accessory Dwelling Units: What Are They, And What Are The Benefits?

April 12, 2012

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are quickly becoming one of the most popular home improvement projects in Portland. Improvement Remodeling has built accessory dwelling units for homeowners throughout the Portland-Metro area, with many ADUs popping up in the Belmont and Hawthorne area. We handle every aspect of Portland accessory dwelling units, from design to construction to detailing. But what is an accessory dwelling unit, exactly? And why are they so popular? Why, we thought you’d never ask


What is an accessory dwelling unit?

An accessory dwelling unit is an stand-alone living space that is built on your existing property. Often called mother-in-law apartments, ADUs traditionally feature separate entrances, kitchens, baths, bedrooms, and other common apartment features.


What are the benefits of an accessory dwelling unit?

There are many different benefits to building a accessory dwelling unit in Portland. Not only do they give you an extra living space to rent out (and earn some extra cash), but they add to the value of your home and can fix the problem of a cramped living situation. For some Portland homeowners, there may even be tax benefits that apply to building a ADU on your property.


Are there any restrictions on building accessory dwelling units in Portland?

Like any major construction project, there may be specific permits or permissions involved in building a Portland accessory dwelling unit. Contact Improvement Remodeling today to find out if your home qualifies for an ADU.


Return to Blog Main Page

Call for Guarantee & Satisfaction Details.

"I recommend Edward and his crew for anything from simple handiwork to a major remodel. He gave us ideas on products that made our spaces do double and sometimes triple duty.

- Patricia McCracken
"They did a full house remodel, including bathrooms, moving walls, finish work, and windows. They were amazing and the interactions with them were very positive."

- Mara Delay
"Improvement Remodeling did a fantastic job updating our bathroom facilities. I would recommend them for anyone wanting to upgrade or remodel their facilities."

-Steve Jones
Les Schwab Tire Center
“Edward was a pleasure to work with during my home remodeling experience. His eye for detail and pride in his work are second to none."

- Benjamin Boden