SCVNews.com | April 16: Free seminar for property owners considering an ADU
Lenton Company will host a seminar to discuss what homeowners need to know when considering building a secondary suite on their property or converting a junior secondary suite.
The free seminar will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2022 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Lenton Company Design Studio located at 530 Commerce Ave., Suite C in Palmdale.
“The Lenton family built an ADU in our home over 20 years ago when Evelyn’s mother came to live with us,” co-owner Rob Lenton said. “Previously they were called granny flats, in-laws units or backyard cottages. Whatever you call them, ADUs are a solution to increasing the supply of affordable housing.
As defined, an ADU is a unit with full independent living facilities for one or more people and has a few variations. The unit can be detached and separated from the main structure, or it can be attached to the main structure. It can also be an existing converted space – a master bedroom, attached garage, storage space or similar use, or ancillary structure – on the land of the principal residence that is converted into a self-contained living unit . A JADU is a specific type of existing space conversion that is fully contained within a current or proposed single family residence.
According to the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the benefits of ADUs include an affordable type of home to build in California, as they do not require paying for land, major new infrastructure, structured parking, or elevators.
They can also be built with economical wood-frame construction, which is significantly less expensive than homes in new multi-family infills. ADUs allow extended families to be close together while maintaining privacy and give owners the ability to share independent living spaces with family members and others, allowing seniors to age home because they need more care. ADUs can be a source of income for owners.
Recent changes to ADU laws that took effect on January 1, 2021 reduce barriers, streamline approval processes, and increase capacity to accommodate the development of ADUs.
“They’re all the rage in California now,” said Evelyn Lenton, owner of the Palmdale-based home improvement business with her husband, Rob. “With the passage of SB 13 in 2019 and AB 3182 in 2020,
California required local jurisdictions to lift restrictions to allow ADUs to be built on almost any property with a single-family residence.
For homeowners interested in exploring the feasibility of building or converting a unit, the upcoming seminar led by Rob Lenton will provide information on uses, types, setback requirements, parking, utilities, plans and bids, as well as realistic timelines and budgets.
The seats are limited. Call (661) 273-9179 to reserve a spot.
Lenton Company has been creating spaces since 1984 in and around the Antelope Valley, including the Santa Clarita Valley, specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, new additions and total home renovations.
For more information, visit Lenton Company.