ADUs seem like the perfect option for many reasons but unfortunately are not viable projects for most properties. One of the main reasons we at SDB have to steer homeowners away from ADUs is because of a misconception regarding garage ADU conversions. Straight to the point, you as a homeowner in Denver, cannot convert your current garage into an ADU.
With this market overview of the area, developers and individuals have one question: how much does it cost to build a house in Denver?
Denver has been seeing increasing pressure from the housing market as community prices continue to strain residents of Denver. According to Denverite, the city doesn’t have enough market-rate housing for people near the area’s median income. Denverite’s recent article states that the rate for Denver rests explicitly at the level of $94,320 for a three-person household. There are not enough income-restricted or appropriately priced homes on the market to support the hard-working demographics of Denver. The city has been working on a plan that will increase efforts to affordable housing and enlist the help of its Developers and Builders.
Denver’s interest in ADU construction is hot. Residents in neighborhoods are looking into the trending home improvement project but are finding considerable barriers. Of those barriers to overcome is the city and county of Denver’s Building Department. With their long review times for permitting and strict zoning and design requirements, building an ADU in Denver is not a common choice homeowners can invest in. Despite that, Denver still claims they want more ADU construction in the residential construction department docket. Denver wants to make building an accessory dwelling unit more accessible, but the proof of their efforts is minimal.
City of Denver to Require New Commercial Construction Multifamily to Designate More Units as Affordable
To address Denver’s increasing shortage of affordable housing, Denver’s Community Planning and Development, combined with the Department of Housing Stability, have released a final draft of proposed reasonable housing requirements for new commercial construction multifamily. The city’s proposal has been revised to require new commercial construction multifamily projects of 10 or more units to designate between 8% and 12% as affordable housing.
Home additions are widely regarded as the most complex and expensive home improvement project there is. This is due to the fact that one is not only performing new construction but they are also conjoining or building off of an existing structure. This means that a litany of factors can be involved with construction and code regulations. Building a full room addition will typically require changes to the home’s existing floorplan, installing additional foundations, new framing, and finishing to create a new living space. If that isn’t complicated enough, starting a home addition can be daunting as homeowners who begin the process won’t have a finalized budget until approved plans with their municipality are approved which can mean months of architectural, structural, and design work. Despite the daunting scope of this type of home improvement project. Home additions are extremely valued due to the inherent value of increasing livable square footage to one’s home is.