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In the past decade, several states have legalized and reduced most permit fees for backyard homes, recognizing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as a vital tool for increasing the supply of housing. With a series of new laws removing barriers to building ADUs, California in particular has signaled its support for installing backyard houses practically everywhere.
Abodu delivers the best backyard homes available. Their aim is to inspire homeowners to see the full potential of their property and to amaze their clients with how easy adding living space can be. Whether you want to work from home, create a private space for live-in family members, or add a rental unit for extra cash, Abodu is all about options. Their team includes experts in real estate and construction in addition to technology, logistics, and customer service. It has allowed them to reengineer real estate development, putting the customer at the center of everything. As backyard houses have become an important way to solve the housing crisis, and as more homeowners add new spaces to their existing places, Abodu is building a future where backyard homes are the norm, not the exception.
Much like human well-being, the essence of Norm Architects’ work is found in balance—between richness and restraint, between order and complexity. Each project—whether architecture, interiors, design, or creative direction—is imbued with the same intrinsic quality: a simplicity that carries bigger ideas. Guided by the body and mind rather than by trends or technology, their projects explore ideas that not only look good but that also feel good. Architecture becomes thoughtful, minimalism acquires softness, and visual matter assumes haptic qualities. Their work is sharp and exudes tactility, and their approach focuses on quality, details, and durability.
Situated on one of the oldest streets of Copenhagen, Norm Architects respect their context and build on the traditions of Scandinavian design—of timeless aesthetics, natural materials, and upholding Modernist principles of restraint and refinement. Through exploring what it is that heightens the human senses, regardless of personal preference, their projects strip spaces, objects, ideas, and images back to their simplest form. Their expertise lies in finding balance—when there’s nothing more to either add or take away.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Absolutely! Any permanent residence should be permitted to ensure it is done safely and to code. It’ll also let you realize that extra square footage and bathroom/bedroom count on your property records. But you won’t have to deal with any of this. The Abodu Concierge Service includes everything from acquiring all necessary permits to installing your unit.
In California, your home’s property tax basis will not be reassessed when you add a Dwell House. Your property taxes will only increase by the value of the Dwell House. This rate does vary, but customers tell us it is generally an increase of $2,000 to $3,000 per year depending on the county.
As little as possible! In most cases, an on-site contractor works in your backyard over a 2-3 week period. On installation day, the crane operators will set up their equipment on your street for a 3-4 hour period. After your Dwell House is placed on its foundation, we spend another two weeks or so hooking up utilities, installing the deck, and touching things up.