Frequently Asked Questions

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs):

1). What is an ADU?

“ADU” stands for Accessory Dwelling unit, which is a living unit located on the same property as an existing housing unit. Previously, these were much more popular until building codes began to prohibit them, but recent legislation has once again made them accessible.

2.) How many ADUs can fit on one lot?

A lot with a single family home is allowed to have one ADU and one JADU (An ADU that is attached to the main structure with a maximum size of 500ft 2 ), while a lot with a multi-family home is allowed up to two full-size ADUs. An ADU can be a separate structure located in the backyard, or be a modification to an existing structure to accommodate another living area.

3.) How big is an ADU?

While different cities have different laws that dictate the size of an ADU, the vast majority of them specify a minimum size of 150ft 2 and a maximum of 800ft 2 for a lot with a single family home or 1200ft 2 on a lot with a multi-family home. Depending on the city, they will often specify a maximum height of 16ft, mandate that the ADU to be visually subordinate to the main structure, and cannot exceed 50% of the main structure’s size.

4.) What other factors need to be considered in building an ADU?

Each city will have different specifications, but usually there are considerations having to do with parking, utilities, and sewage.

5.) How do I obtain a permit to build an ADU?

 Each city has their own process for applying for a permit to build an ADU. Online applications are becoming more and more popular, so the paperwork can often be found on the city’s website. They will require construction and floor plans that will be reviewed by an inspector before receiving approval.

6.) How will an ADU affect my property value?

Having an ADU will increase the value of the property proportional to the size of the ADU. (I don’t know if there are any specific ways to find exactly how much)

7.) How will an ADU affect my taxes?

Having an ADU will increase property taxes. (I don’t know how to figure how much)

8.) How can an ADU affect my revenue?

There are a few ways an ADU can generate revenue for a homeowner, including renting the ADU to a renter, moving themselves into the ADU and renting the main housing unit, and living elsewhere while renting both units to renters.

ADU Legislation:

1.) What legislation affects ADUs?

While ADUs used to be difficult to build due to municipal restrictions, legislation passed in January 2020 made building one much easier throughout the state.

Additionally, cities have been quick to adopt their own legislation to streamline the process, but the laws surrounding them are subject to frequent change.

2.) What is SB9?

 SB9 is a senate bill that provides for lots with single-family homes to be divided into two, with the permission to build a duplex on each of these sub-lots. Since these are multi-family structures, up to two full-size ADUs can be built on each sub-lot for a total of four. (What I still need to figure out is if one of the sub-lots can be occupied by two ADU units instead of a duplex)

3.) What is SB10?

SB10 is a senate bill that provides for developers to build up to 10 housing units, 2 ADUs, and 2 JADUs in “transit-rich” and “urban-infill” sites (still need to clarify what these terms mean). This is important because the 10 units provided by the bill may be applicable to be ADUs.

4.) How will the prevalence of ADUs affect my community?

 The increase in ADUs is predicted to cause an increase in population density in areas where people will seek ADUs to rent. The specific intent of ADU legislation is to increase housing availability to alleviate the housing crisis.

The WellNest Pod:
1.) How does the WellNest ADU Pod differ from normal ADUs?

Answer: The WellNest ADU Pod is a specialized medical suite made specifically made to accommodate the needs of aging persons Seniors so they can live and thrive in a safe and hospitable environment.

2.) How will WellNest ADUs Pods affect my community?

Answer: Unlike normal ADUs, the purpose of the WellNest ADU Pod is to keep aging persons seniors in close proximity to home and community where their family and loved ones are. The medical suite is meant to protect against and prevent senior related injuries, poor air quality, home hazards, and so much more. And finally, The WellNest Pod simplifies the entire build and transition process for seniors at
a price that is far more affordable than existing alternatives.

3.) How does the Wellnest ADU Pod compare to alternatives such as assisted living and
nursing homes?

Answer: The Wellnest ADU Pod is a better option than the alternatives for aging persons seniors because it was created with precisely with senior health and safety in mind. Consider the following average Long Term Care costs in California:

i. Nursing Home (Private Room): $137,244 (11,437/month)
ii. Nursing Home (Semi-Private Room): $110,964 (9,247/month)
iii. Assisted Living (Private Room): $60,000 (5,000/month)
iv. Home Health Aide: $66,348 (5,529/month)
v. Homemaker Services: $66,348 (5,529/month)
vi. Adult Day Health Care: $20,796 (1,733/month)

In short, it is unfeasible for the vast majority of people to place their aging relatives into care services. Currently, most people are opting to keep them at home without the necessary training, facilities and services to provide for them.

The Wellnest ADU Pod can be built for around $165,000 (I don’t have the exact numbers and I imagine they will vary based on location) while also providing better facilities and services for an aging person.

4.) What kind of services will Wellnest Care offer?

Wellnest Care is our suite of senior care services, specifically curtailed to your needs including food, laundry and medical care. The demands and needs of an aging person are varied and best addressed with personalized plans. And while loved ones can be very helpful in the process, caregiving is not an easy task – it can takes both its a physical and psychological toll on the caregiver. This is why we offer our own created the WellNest Care system, to ensure that everyone has the right support to Be Well.

5.) What elements of the WellNest ADU Pod are suited for an aging person senior?

There are a number of inherent advantages for an aging person senior to live in an ADU, such as a lack minimal number of stairs, access to ramps and living in a smaller and more navigable manageable environment. Other special additions include:

i. Railings and Handles Grab Bars throughout
ii. Accessible bathtubs roll-in shower
iii. Folding shower chair
iv. Soft-fall flooring
v. An abundance of natural light
vi. Specialized medical equipment
vii. Increased doorway width for wheelchairs
viii. Smart home functions

6.) How does COVID19 affect care for aging persons seniors?

Answer: Since aging persons seniors are more susceptible to the effects and spread of COVID19, it is more important than ever to keep them in a safe environment. While nursing homes and assisted living provide a community for aging persons seniors, it may be dangerous to placing them in that vicinity greatly increases the risk of spreading community acquired diseases/illnesses. With the Wellnest ADU
Pod, aging persons our beloved seniors can be surrounded by trusted loved ones they trust and ensure that they have minimal contact with potential carriers.


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