ADUs or Accessory Dwelling Units are steadily rising in popularity due to all the benefits that they bring to the table.
Hillside ADUs, particularly, have an added appeal because of the views they offer. The construction of ADUs, however, can be complex on the steep, mountainous terrain of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. Hillside properties present several construction challenges, such as shifting soil and soil erosion. These issues are prevalent throughout the slopes of Southern California and can only be overcome with a meticulous and foolproof building plan that takes into account all these challenges and addresses them effectively.
A good ADU design plan also factors in other difficulties posed by hillside construction. Building a strong foundation, for example, is exponentially more difficult on a hillside lot than on a level surface. A foundation that can not only carry the load over it but also withstand constant soil movement should be the topmost priority when planning and constructing a hillside structure.
Poor drainage is also a persistent issue faced by hillside property owners, and as such, must be addressed early on in the planning stage. It is crucial to hire experienced professionals who would be able to come up with a plan that is not only in keeping with the regulatory and compliance standards but also focuses on maintaining the structural integrity of the ADU.
The planning and building of hillside ADUs are rather complex and require intricate and specialized knowledge of the building site’s topography as well as how to efficiently deal with it.
The project usually begins with the preparation of a schematic design. The number of rooms and spaces you are looking for is taken into account at this stage. Once you have your architectural schematics and know where exactly on the property you will construct the ADU, you can reach out to Alpha Structural and we can set up an inspection. While we don’t do finishing work, we are structural specialists, and building an ADU on a steep hillside requires a company with our expertise.
The many benefits of a hillside ADU make them highly desirable. One of the most common reasons why homeowners choose to get an ADU built on their property is because these structures increase property value and potential resale value. They also serve as splendid private guest accommodations. Being situated outside the main house, they give privacy to both the hosts and the guests. Having a hillside ADU on your property can also help generate supplemental rental income. It can otherwise be used as a detached structure to work from if converted to a workspace. We, at Alpha Structural, specialize in hillside ADU design and construction and can help bring your dream of a versatile hillside ADU into fruition.
Alpha Structural, in addition to having been in business for over 25 years, has upwards of 850 years of combined technical experience. Our in-house engineers and technicians are among the most experienced in Los Angeles and all of Southern California. If you would like to know more about hillside ADUs, call or email today to schedule a consultation.
Hillside ADUs, on top of the stunning view that they offer, can be used in many different ways. You can use it as guest accommodation, a workspace, or even rent it to generate some rental income. All in all, a well-constructed ADU not only enhances the overall appearance of the property but yields many practical benefits.
The approximate cost of building a hillside ADU depends almost entirely on the design of the structure. If you are interested in learning more, email or call Alpha Structural to set up an inspection of your property and get an estimate.
A foundation is more than just the bottom floor of your property. It is the base that supports everything you work so hard to protect. At Alpha Structural, Inc., we treat each project with that level of responsibility and respect. That’s why families and businesses across Los Angeles choose us to protect the structures that protect them. If you want your foundation built to the Alpha Standard, contact us today to schedule an inspection.