In the past few years, as Bloomington has started allowing ADUs by right, we have seen an increase in inquiries and requests for these projects. We have had the opportunity to take part in a couple of ADU projects. One was designing and renovating the original (but distressed) limestone garage that existed on our client’s property and turning it into an ADU which can be seen here. The project consisted of taking what was a very small and very rough garage and repurposing it as a small overflow space for the home. Also, we are currently building ADUs on a few lots in our Bloomington Cohousing neighborhood.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are an emerging trend in the housing landscape in Bloomington and across the rest of the country. ADUs, also known as granny flats, in-law suites, or backyard cottages, are small, self-contained residential units built on the same property as an existing home.
ADUs offer a unique approach to increasing the housing supply without compromising the character and charm of our neighborhoods. By utilizing existing land and infrastructure, homeowners can maximize their property’s potential and contribute to the expansion of our city’s housing stock. ADUs are a versatile solution that can accommodate a variety of needs, from providing housing for aging parents to creating affordable rental units for students, young professionals, and families.
One of the key advantages of ADUs is their ability to foster multigenerational living, allowing families to stay connected while maintaining privacy and independence. The elderly can age in place with their loved ones nearby, and young adults can have the option to live close to their parents, creating a strong support network. ADUs offer a flexible living arrangement that encourages family ties and enhances the social fabric of our community.
In addition, ADUs can be an effective tool in addressing the affordable housing crisis. Bloomington, like many cities across the nation, faces the challenge of providing affordable housing options. ADUs present an opportunity to increase the availability of reasonably priced housing units without compromising the quality of life for residents. These units can serve as affordable rentals or be used as an income-generating source for homeowners, enabling them to offset mortgage costs and contribute to their financial stability.
ADUs also promote sustainability and environmental responsibility. By utilizing existing infrastructure and infill development, they can help to reduce the need for sprawling suburban expansion, protecting green spaces and preserving the unique character of our neighborhoods. ADUs often incorporate sustainable design principles, such as energy-efficient features and eco-friendly materials, further contributing to our city’s commitment to environmental stewardship.
As Bloomington continues to grow, we are bound to see more types of innovative housing solutions that address the needs of our community. If you’re interested in adding an ADU to your property or have questions about this type of project, please contact our team.