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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) have launched a new program, the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Standard Plan Program, which offers builders and homeowners a variety of preapproved building plans for ADUs. Previously, builders would have to wait four to six weeks to have their ADU approved by the LADBS. With the new program, the department has pre-approved 20 design options from 10 different firms that could be permitted in as little as one day, according to House Beautiful’s Kelly Corbett.

Not only will these designs simplify and expedite the overall permit process, but it offers homeowners direct access to architecture firms who have secured approved plans; and flexible designs that will work for most residentially zoned properties.

"Every day, Los Angeles and our residents tackle our greatest challenges with creativity, innovation, resilience, and an immeasurable can-do spirit," said Mayor Garcetti. "This program is about making ADUs more accessible, more affordable, and more beautiful — and making them part of the blueprint of our efforts to tackle our housing crunch and create more affordable communities citywide.”

These aren't your standard-issue backyard sheds, either: By bringing on a range of architecture firms, the program ensures a variety in high-design options.

Take a peek at some of the architecture firms vetted for this program and the unique ADU designs they bring to the table at House Beautiful.

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