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You may now find many ADUs in many neighbors’ backyards. Even while many people like them, a few people who make incorrect assumptions about them might make you question whether you should build an ADU or not.

One of the two most prevalent reasons people are hesitant to install an ADU is because they are concerned about their neighbors’ reactions. This is because it is the same as adding additional people to the area by building a new house. Second, they are concerned that their Home Owners Association (HOA) would stymie their plans. This, however, is not a concern since, under recent regulations, your local HOA cannot prohibit you from constructing connected or detached ADUs on your property.

By being the first myth to be debunked and getting the HOA off your back, let’s look at some of the other most frequent ADU misconceptions.

1.      ADUs can lead to overcrowding.

The major function of an ADU is to provide additional living space for a primary resident’s family members. In 1970, the typical single-family home size was 1,500 square feet, with 3.6 persons in the average household. However, as of 2020, it has been reduced to 2,261 square feet and 2.5 persons. That means there are 30% fewer people in 50% larger places now than there were 50 years ago. This will help you dispel any doubts you may have regarding ADUs being overcrowded.

2.      ADUs may make the entire community look unappealing and cluttered.

Although with an ADU, it may look like there are two houses on your land, you may always choose a design that makes your ADU look more suitable. You can, for example, build your new ADU in the same style as your principal residence making it look more appealing. Furthermore, because ADUs are often erected in backyards, they have a minimal aesthetic impact on the street.

primary home and ADUs
Principal residence with a ADU garage in the same style (Source https://maxablespace.com)

3.      ADUs are harmful to the environment.

Another prevalent misconception is that ADUs are bad for the environment because they produce heat islands. The advantages of smaller dwellings in terms of the environment much outweigh the drawbacks of any heat islands that may form. As a result, it is much more obvious that ADUs are ecologically beneficial.

Eco-friendly ADU
Eco-friendly ADU (Source modernadus.com)

4.      Neighbors may experience increased noise and lighting issues because of ADUs.

It is not unreasonable to believe that adding a new ADU to each lot will make the neighborhood noisier and more congested. It’s also not unrealistic to believe that it will exacerbate lighting problems. Your home property will not become any larger than it is now; just the number of people will increase. However, just because there are more individuals does not indicate that the quantity of noise they create increases. As you approach closer to one side of your neighbor’s property, though, the quantity of light that comes in may increase. Above all, it is critical to emphasize that there is no proof that there is a problem.

ADU lighting
ADU lighting (Source The Mercury News)

5.      ADUs can lead to a creation of increased traffic in the area.

As more people move into the region because of the ADUs, infrastructure such as roadways may be used more? As difficult as it may appear in theory, it may not be very practically feasible. Many people’s housing demands will be satisfied and will not influence transportation traffic largely.  Although, when it comes to traffic rules and obtaining an ADU permit, it may be a little more challenging.

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