ADU / HOU

DESIGN COMPETITION

The Planning and Development Department is conducting a ADU | Hou Design Competition under the City of Houston's current building code and development standards. Funded by a 2021 AARP Community Challenge grant, the design competition will ultimately provide a set of plans that have gone through preliminary plan review and made available to Houston homeowners. The plans can be used to build an ADU on a single-family residential lot where deed restrictions allow. The design competition winner will be announced by the end of October. All other accepted designs will be placed online in a design book and made available by the end of the year.


Workshops

The City of Houston Planning & Development Department is hosting a mini-series of free virtual workshops focused on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). These workshops are funded by a 2021 Community Challenge Grant from AARP.

ADUs, also referred to as garage apartments, mother-in-law cottages and granny flats, are above the garage or detached, free-standing units on single-family lots. ADUs provide another housing choice for Houstonians in neighborhoods where deed restrictions allow and can be great solutions allowing people to age in place or provide housing for caregivers, young couples and empty nesters.

Past Workshop 1 - Benefits and Basics - August 26, 2021

This free workshop featured Kol Peterson, author of “Backdoor Revolution: The Definitive Guide to ADU Development” and renowned accessory dwelling unit advocate, teacher, and developer. This workshop is perfect for a homeowner considering whether to build an ADU.



Past Workshop 2: How to ADU | HOU - September 28, 2021

Learn the Steps to Build an ADU
The second workshop goes more in depth into the steps necessary to build an ADU. Speakers from Rice University, City of Houston Public Works Department and ADU builders and developers speak on design principles, selecting an architect, how to walk through the permitting process, as well as respond to questions asked at Workshop 1 - Benefits and Basics.



Livable Places

The Livable Places a initiative is a continuation of the Planning Department’s effort to update portions of Houston’s development codes to enhance walkability, affordability, and equity.


Workshop 3 - Costs and Financing - October 26, 2021

The third workshop discusses costs and financing ADUs. In this workshop, speakers discuss various types of financing options that are available, financing institutions explain products, Harris County Appraisal District discuss valuations, and Houston's Financial Empowerment Center explains free City services to help you save money.



Livable Places

The Livable Places a initiative is a continuation of the Planning Department’s effort to update portions of Houston’s development codes to enhance walkability, affordability, and equity.


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