As Los Angeles faces a profound housing shortage, California officials and real estate experts are looking at this housing typology as a potential solution: the Accessory Dwelling Unit (or ADU), aka granny flat or in-law unit. Thousands of Angelenos already live in backhouses, but new state policies passed in 2016 are meant to make these small urban residences more simple, transforming homeowners into micro-developers. ADUs provide housing and they can also add density to single-family areas where new apartment complexes would be difficult to construct.
Meet the designers whose homes and projects will be featured as part of the first-ever ADU Home Tour. Where are the hidden costs? What do you need to be prepared for before becoming a micro-developer? Get answers for these questions and more, in a conversation moderated by Curbed LA editor Jenna Chandler with special guests: