Anchored Tiny Homes faqs.


According to state laws any property that is zoned as single or multi-family can build an ADU regardless of location, HOAs, or any other local regulations as long as you have the space.

The most common placement is in the backyard, but you can also have them in the side yard or even the front of your house given there is enough room when taking setbacks, local regulations, and any unique easements on your property into account.

Because our ADUs are stick built on site, we have a ton of options to customize our base models as well as create a custom build ADU from scratch.

From floor plans, room sizes, kitchen fixtures, and cosmetic changes, we can help you create the exact space you’ve always imagined.

Some of the key elements that you can customize include:

  • External color
  • External finish materials (including options to exactly match your primary home)
  • Internal finishes from floors to tile to countertops to appliances and more!
  • Internal wall colors
  • Shower features (metal shower, porcelain shower, glass door, and more)
  • Kitchen features (sink style, countertop style, cabinets color, and more)

You can customize everything on this list, and so much more, for your new ADU.

Have any questions about customizations? Inquire today and speak with an expert to get all of your questions answered.

Our Anchored ADUs come fully finished with a full kitchen, bathroom, living space, and bedrooms if you are wanting to bedrooms in your unit.

Some of the more specific features include:

  • LP siding (board & batten/LAP)
  • Lifetime Dimensional Composition Shingles
  • Milgard white windows French doors (6′)
  • Luxury Vinyl flooring (Urban Floor)
  • Shaker cabinets
  • Butcher block countertops
  • Subway tile backsplash
  • 3 options for fixtures
  • Fiberglass shower
  • Drywall 30″
  • stainless steel fridge 30″
  • stainless steel range
  • Stackable washer/dryer
  • Interior and exterior paint
  • Can lights
  • Decor plugs and switches
  • 125 amp panel
  • Water heater / Rinnai V65E (Gas)
  • GREE Mini Split unit
  • And there are dozens of upgrades available

There are a ton of financing options available for ADUs and our in-house financing department can help you find the best loans for your desired terms and current qualifications.

The most common type of financing for an ADU project right now is either a cash-out refinance or a Home Equity Line Of Credit (HELOC) but there are a number of other options available as well including renovation and personal loans.

Feel free to reach out to us today to learn more about financing and get connected with our financing team!

Yes, we do offer shell or unfinished versions of our ADUs.

With our shell model ADUs, we still handle the whole process for you and finish everything except for the interior of the ADU.

For the interior of a shell model ADU, we would complete rough plumbing, rough electrical, and framing leaving the rest for you to complete on your own or using your own subcontractors.

The cost of a shell model ADU is approximately 60% of the cost of one of our finished units!

All of our ADUs are stick built right on your property which almost completely eliminates access issues preventing you from being able to build an ADU!

In addition, we believe that stick-built ADUs actually yield better quality and more value added to your home, ultimately giving you a better end result and a better value for your money as stick-built units often appraise for more than prefabricated or manufactured options.

If you have any questions about our process, feel free to reach out!

Our ADUs are built on a permanent slab foundation as a standard but we can also build them on raised foundations as well.

As of the time of writing this, homes on wheels cannot be considered an ADU or permitted on your property except for in a few very select areas.

By state law the largest ADU that you can build on your property is 1,200 sq.ft, but this does change slightly based on your city or county legislation.

In some cases you have to build smaller or in some areas you can even go over the 1,200 sq.ft maximum.

For more details reach out to us today or reach out to your local planning department.

Yes, you can!

Current state laws allow you to build up to 2 ADUs on a single lot, as well as giving you the option to actually split your lot and build up to 2 more ADUs in addition to a primary home.

You can also convert your garage into an ADU in addition to the 2 units on your property, turning one property into a maximum of 8 rentable spaces!

Yes, we can! If you have found plans that you love or want to use plans that have been pre-approved by your city, you can build them.

The standard building timeline right now is about 6-10 months including design, engineering, permitting, and construction of your new ADU.

The most variable part of this total timeline is permitting. The faster we can get your ADU the faster it will be completed!

Yes, all ADUs must be permitted including conversions. However, we handle this whole process for you making it as easy and stress-free as possible for you to create your new space!

How much space you need largely depends on what size ADU you are wanting to build, our smallest standard ADU size is 240 sq.ft and with standard setbacks you would typically need about 22’ x 30’ of space or more to build an Anchored ADU.

Our pricing includes foundation, construction, finishes, design and engineering, permit submittal, and more! The only two things that our pricing does not include are permit fees from the city or county and hookup fees. When we do our FREE Property Analysis & Estimate, we will measure out a hookup path for your specific property and include all hookup fees in your estimate as well!

The fees for permits and hookups have a wide range of costs depending on dozens of different variables, from the size of the units, where you are wanting to build, how far we have to trench if you need any utility upgrade, and more.

The best way to get a firm estimate for these costs is to set up a Property Analysis & Estimate to have one of our Certified ADU Experts come out and measure it.

ADUs do not have to be detached from your primary home. You can build both attached ADUs that are directly connected to your home, as well as garage conversions of an attached garage or even a Junior ADU that is created from renovating space inside your home!

Yes, you can! It would just have to meet all ADU requirements by state law including being over 150 sq.ft, having a kitchen, and having a bathroom.

Feel free to give us a call today to learn more and get a free estimate for your garage conversion.

An ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) is, by state law, a space that has between 150 sq.ft – 1,200 sq.ft of living space, has a full bathroom, a kitchen, and has been permitted by the city or county as an ADU.

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  • Wendy “Wendizzle”
    We did a phone call and Rick was very knowledgeable and had screen sharing so I could see my options.
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    I’ve been working with Anchored Tiny home for almost 2 years. Roman Sandoval has been wonderful! His communication is amazing and has offered me exceptional customer service. He has answered all of my questions promptly and he is very thorough. I absolutely love my new ADU!
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    Anchored Tiny Homes is the unquestionable leader in the building of accessory dwelling units across the United States. They will change the course of affordable housing in America.
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    We got a small 10x10 ADU built in our backyard to use as an office space for myself. When we first talked to Duran, we also wanted something that could double as a guest room. Duran worked with the best in the business to take this tiny ADU to the next level. We're talking vaulted ceilings, a doggie door in the side of the house, recessed lightning, nice modern wood floors, and plenty of light. Plus, I got to have stucco walls to match the exact paint color of our house, and roof shingles to match as well! Duran and Anchored Tiny Homes left no stone unturned. And they did it all in 2 months. I am so so pleased with the results of this project. I would highly recommend Anchored Tiny Homes to anyone in Central Texas looking for an affordable, custom, high quality ADU built on their land!
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    I am kicking off an ADU build with ATH any day now…well down the path and will add to this initial review later. I did want to share what my experience has been to date with ATH. I was super fortunate to meet Lawrence Kao of ATH first. As a sales professional myself I can’t help but not only think about the product but also the salesperson style. Lawrence has been an easily accessible and responsive pro. He has been able to answer any question I have had with ease and has instilled the kind of trust that causes one to feel great to work with the business and person representing it. Can’t wait for next steps and am stoked the project kicked off with Mr. Kao!
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    Working with Justin and his team is always a pleasure. They are hardworking, knowledgeable, and ready to serve. I trust this team and know that they care about their product and the customer experience.
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