The ADU Cost Calculator is designed to help homeowners estimate the total cost of building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). ADUs are secondary housing units located on the same lot as a primary residence and are becoming increasingly popular for housing flexibility and additional rental income.

## How To Calculate ADU Cost?

1. Enter the design cost associated with planning the ADU.

2. Input the total cost for necessary permits.

3. Provide the estimated construction cost for building the ADU.

4. Enter any utility costs associated with the construction.

5. Include landscaping costs to beautify the surroundings of the ADU.

6. Specify any additional costs that may apply.

7. Click 'Calculate Total ADU Cost' to get your overall ADU cost.

### Calculation Formula

The total ADU cost is calculated using the formula:

**Total ADU Cost = Design Cost + Permits Cost + Construction Cost + Utilities Cost + Landscaping Cost + Other Costs**

### Example Calculation

If the design cost is $3,000, permits cost $1,500, construction cost is $25,000, utilities are $2,000, landscaping is $1,500, and other costs total $500, the total ADU cost would be:

**Total ADU Cost = $3,000 + $1,500 + $25,000 + $2,000 + $1,500 + $500 = $33,500**

### Why Calculating ADU Costs is Important

Understanding the costs associated with building an ADU is crucial for effective financial planning and budgeting. This calculator helps homeowners make informed decisions about their investment in additional living space or rental income potential.