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URBANEER ADUs

A new name for an old idea:

URBANEER creates the most innovative ADUs available, always with an eye toward improved livability and quality. We partner with manufacturers and builders to bring you complete compact living spaces. We’ve also simplified and streamlined the process of selecting your specific unit and ordering, so it’s easier than ever to have an ADU built and installed.

We see ADUs differently than most other companies. That’s because our founders themselves downsized dramatically. They learned new ways to get more out of their own spaces, and they have applied those lessons to every URBANEER ADU we make.

URBANEER’s mission is to help you lead a freer life.

URBANEER offers high-end finishes and designs floor plans to maximize the available space. We also use patented, space-saving features, so you will get more out of every URBANEER ADU.

Whether you’re building an ADU for yourself, a loved one, or as a rental property, URBANEER  knows you’ll appreciate the mindfulness, ingenuity and real value in every one of our designs. We develop ADUs inspired by smarter living and simplified design principles, so that stepping into an URBANEER is as effortless as shedding a suit for shorts and sandals after a long work week.

URBANEER is more than just a maker of exceptional ADUs. We are a pioneering force in the ADU world, educating and advocating for wider acceptance of ADUs across the country.

We invite you to join the URBANEERING movement alongside us.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)?

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are separate housing units built on existing single or multifamily residential properties. ADUs are also known as second dwelling units, guest houses, casitas, backyard cottages, mother-in-law units, granny flats, etc. There are many different types of ADUs, including both separate structures located in a back or side yard (detached) and conversions of existing spaces such as basements, attics and garages (attached). For more information, we recommend Kol Peterson's blog at www.buildinganadu.com, or the website accessorydwellings.org.

Why are ADUs becoming more popular?

Thousands of new ADUs are being built in communities across the U.S. because they are a manageable and minimally-disruptive option for adding needed housing to existing neighborhoods. Moreover, ADUs typically cost less than other forms of housing and make efficient use of existing land.

The other factor driving ADU adoption is that they serve so many varying needs that mirror socioeconomic trends in the U.S. ADUs allow for people to age-in-place or form multigenerational households to ease caregiving responsibilities and cost. 

Homeowners, given the high cost to buy a house, are frequently turning to ADUs to provide additional income to make ends meet. 

Lastly, the appeal of downsizing and minimalist living seems to be growing and ADUs allow people to simplify their lives and still live in a neighborhood setting.

Are ADUs allowed in your neighborhood?

Zoning, regulations and fees vary by municipality, and, increasingly, city zoning codes are being adopted to allow for ADUs across the United States. 

The largest cities on the West Coast, including Portland and Seattle, all allow ADUs and continue to update codes and fees to encourage the development of ADUs. In addition, the states of California and Oregon have passed state laws which preempt local prohibitions on ADUs. 

Minneapolis, Austin, Atlanta, and parts of Chicago are also changing local zoning to address the needs for housing and to allow ADUs to provide a needed housing type for many. Check with your local municipality zoning board to see if your local zoning allows for accessory dwelling units.

How do ADUs affect the value of my home and property?

The presence of an ADU can often enhance the attractiveness of a house on the market, and increasingly investments in new ADUs are being reflected in the appraised value of those properties. 

Construction + How do you build your ADUs?

Traditional on-site builds are costly, unpredictable and take time to coordinate and sequence the work. Labor costs, unexpected construction hurdles and finicky local and state building codes can turn a building project into a nightmare. That’s why URBANEER partnered with Genesis Homes to create ADUs built off-site as a quality-controlled, efficient and cost-effective approach to building in your backyard.

What does built “off-site” mean?

Built “off-site” means it was built in a  climate and condition-controlled setting (often a “factory” environment) and is reassembled or finished on-site. Our units are built to completion in Genesis facilities throughout the United States, transported to your site, and can be installed to a foundation within 48 hours. Off-site construction has the advantage of being significantly faster and more efficient than other construction types. Building in a factory allows efficient processes and avoids weather delays, so you can complete your project on schedule!

How do I know if my property is suited for an ADU?

Many different types of properties will accommodate an ADU, and our range in floor plans provide you options based on the size of your backyard. 

URBANEER by Genesis

URBANEER is a company focused on replacing housing issues with innovations. Since our beginning, we wanted to introduce people to smaller living without compromise.

This philosophy translated into carefully designed and engineered solutions that are now included in the URBANEER series, by Genesis. An URBANEER ADU by Genesis is one of the most streamlined and efficient ADU installations, because 90% of the work is done in a controlled environment. This allows us to strictly control design and build quality and consistency, timelines and delivery schedules - all of which can be challenges with other ADU construction methods.

The only thing that needs to be done prior to your URBANEER installation is site preparation: foundation/footings and infrastructure connections (plumbing and electrical hookups). Once this straightforward task is completed, your URBANEER can be installed and ready to live-in.

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