lytemods™ are hybrid-modular dwelling units, pre-designed and pre-engineered utilizing Light Gauge Steel (LGS) and the latest technology in modular robotics. They serve multiple attached and detached applications, providing an integrated solution for any project size or scope.
lytemods™ offers 15 unique models, intelligently designed to fit the majority of single and multi-family backyard configurations and was created to enhance the experience of purchasing dwelling units. lytemods™ are manufactured in the USA.
Light Gauge Steel (LGS) framing is non-combustible, resistant to extreme environmental and seismic loads, blast threats, and ballistic penetration, making it one of the most resilient building materials available. Since there are fewer steps, LGS wall construction uses fewer materials and reduces multiple trade requirements. It increases the marketability of a project. This speeds up construction time, creating an early ROI.
LGS cuts down costs in comparison to a typical wood or steel structure. LGS wall construction doesn’t require fire stops, sheathing, house wrap, gypsum wallboard or separate steps for insulation and continuous insulation. Since there are fewer steps, LGS wall construction uses fewer materials and reduces multiple trade requirements.
LGS Constructions increases the marketability of a project. A LGS panelized framing system eliminates the number of soffits that need to be used. This allows properties to have higher ceilings, creating more spacious and modern rooms which are more marketable to target renters and tenants.
Contractor Benefits. LGS construction doesn’t require the complexity of service-heavy follow-up trades by taking advantage of large pre-cut service and wiring openings. Reduced training time is greatly advantageous for offsetting any unforeseen delays in foundation work. Easy to learn, this framing has a quick transition from learning curve to trained labor. Construction moves faster since there is little in the way of punching, cutting, or drilling steel onsite. Cold form beams and columns are easy to move and put in place without the need for heavy machinery
Engineering Benefits. LGS panels are non-combustible with a One-Hour Fire Rating (UL, ULC Rated) and 50 STC Acoustic Rating with a single layer of gypsum. Unmatched clear span vs. I-wood allows for open design and bigger rooms
Yes, we can typically match the colors and style of most homes. We also have many options available that can increase the “curb appeal” of your ADU including: dormers, porches, bay windows, board/batt, stucco, tile roofing, and solar.
Even though many property owners are able to do their own zoning research, getting an expert opinion will give you another level of confidence about your project. We are experts in city zoning and planning office communications, so we can help you alleviate confusion and frustration, and make sure you’ve covered all your bases. This includes checking overlapping and underlying zoning requirements of your city.
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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are known by many names: granny flats, in-law suites, backyard cottages, secondary units, to name a few. Whatever you choose to call them, ADUs are proving to be an innovative, affordable, effective option for single family and multi-family property owners to add value to their property and passive income through rental opportunities.
The three main types of ADUs are: Attached, Detached, or Conversion units.
Whether an attached, detached, or conversion ADU, each unit must have a separate entrance, kitchen, bathroom and sleeping facilities.
Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs) are exactly as the name implies, a smaller version of a Single Family ADU with a few noted restrictions. It must be erected within a proposed or existing single family dwelling. Most often, they share utility service and mechanical appliances with the main unit. These units are the most common ADU homes. JADUs present no additional stress on utility services or infrastructure because they simply repurpose existing space within the residence and do not expand the dwellings planned occupancy.
One of the most significant ADU rule changes for 2020, is a provision that allows both an ADU and a Junior ADU (JADU) on the same lot with a proposed or existing single-family dwelling. Now you can add two rental units to your property: an ADU and a JADU. This law applies not just to Los Angeles, but statewide, throughout California.
The principal reason most property owners decide to build an ADU is to increase the value of their property and/or generate passive income through the rental market. ADUs can also serve as independent living space for family members or loved ones. They create the possibility for multigenerational households which makes it easier and less expensive to care for aging parents. Moreover, ADUs cost less than other forms of housing and make efficient, environmentally friendly, use of existing land. Finally, downsizing and minimalist living is a trend that continues to grow. ADUs allow people to simplify their lives and still live in a neighborhood setting.
ADUs are particularly attractive in markets like Greater Los Angeles where available housing is in short supply, and they can also help create more affordable housing that can help mitigate the ongoing housing crisis in Southern California.
Prefabricated means that our revolutionary Light Gauge Steel (LGS) prefabricated, modular ADUs are built off site in a state-of-the-art factory by skilled tradesman on a production line (just like the majority of items we use on a daily basis).
In our exhaustive search to find the most innovative construction methodology, we found prefabricated construction to be a more efficient, faster and sustainable way to build, and allows for efficiencies in the overall process that realizes significant cost and time savings over traditional site construction methods.
Even with today’s challenges, our typical time frame to complete a prefabricated ADU project is 6 to 9 months from permit submission to project completion with minimal project site disruption.
Yes, if the garage is a legal structure. Although, it must meet current building and fire codes since it will be considered a change in use.
Yes, converting your basement to an ADU or a Junior ADU is allowed. However, you must meet the building code, which includes adequate ceiling heights and minimum sizes on windows for ingress and egress.
It depends on your financing option, and the amount of rent that can be collected in your area. In most situations you can refinance your home and include the new ADU at a much better rate.
Depending on the financing option you choose, as a rental property owner, you can likely deduct a portion of their mortgage interest, insurance, property taxes, depreciation and utilities. Please consult your tax advisor for specific guidance.
Yes, but not by very much. When you build an ADU, your city will conduct a blended assessment, which does not affect the value of your existing property, but instead assesses the cost of the construction and adds that to your original property value. Your taxes will only increase by 1.1% of the total cost of the improvements. In most cases, this equals only a couple hundred dollars extra per year — a small price to pay compared to the rental income your ADU will make.
You should notify your insurance company if you decide to rent your ADU. They may increase your annual premium by $20-$35 to cover the liability if your ADU is constructed out of lumber. One of the benefits of working with us is that we use LGS in all of our new construction projects, which could potentially save you up to 50% in your insurance premium.
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