” As we have mentioned on here before, Accessory Dwelling Units are coming back into the market offering homeowners an attractive method to generate additional wealth and unlock value within their homes. The Chaffee Park Neighborhood Association here in Denver is seeking to have all the homes within the neighborhood rezoned for the ability to build ADUs. This proposal is gaining a good amount of traction, and with the help of Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval, homeowners will see no cost for the rezoning.

ADUs offer homeowners many benefits that can maintain and increase quality of life. Homeowners can either use a second unit themselves, rent it, or move into it to free up their primary house for others to use as a rental.

 From their landing page, https://www.chaffeepark.org/adu, the proposal showcases various benefits and distinctions of what a ADU has to offer:

  • Neighborhood Character: ADUs allow for preservation of existing neighborhood character while allowing a growing city to accommodate increasing density

  • Family Strength: ADUs provide existing residents the ability to house additional family members, allows older generations to “age in place”, and keep families together which can also save on senior living and/or childcare costs. 

  • Neighborhood Stability: Extra income from ADUs can help people stay in their homes despite rising housing costs. This creates more affordable housing for generations to stay in the neighborhood. 

  • Reduced Crime: Backyard housing promote safety by bringing “eyes on the alleys.” 

  • Neighborhood Vitality: More people living in Chaffee Park makes it more likely that stores, restaurants and other things we want come to our existing commercial areas.

So whether it be a “Mother-in-law-suite”, “Granny-flat”, “Carriage House” and so on. There is definite proof that ADUs have a lot to offer families here in the Denver Metro neighborhoods. Including the rising costs of housing, constructing one of these units may offer solutions that can ensure stability for many. 

Sustainable Design Build is excited to see the proposal gain traction. If you ever have considered constructing an addition or accessory dwelling on your property, feel free to reach out us. SDB has licensed and knowledgeable staff who can help you discern what zoning requirements your home has and what maximizes your homes value.