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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an ADU?

An ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) is a separate housing unit on a residential lot, permitted by the city.

What different Modals do you offer?

There are four different core models that we offer:

The Modal 00 (351 sqft) - a studio

The Modal 01 (432 sqft) - a one bedroom

The Modal 02 (567 sqft) - a two bedroom

The Modal Pod (119 sqft) - a small work spacelearn-more-button


How does financing work?

Modal can provide you with our preferred lender. Typically, clients pursue a traditional mortgage or do a cash-out refinance on their home.


How long does your process take?

Our process takes between 9–13 months with around 3–6 months going to permitting, 1–2 months of site work, 2 months to build, and 1 day to install, with up to 2 months of finish work after install.


How big is a Modal?

Modal 00 | 351 sqft

Modal 01 | 432 sqft

Modal 00 | 567 sqft

Modal Pod | 119 sqft


What features come standard?

Our Modal 01 and 02 come fully equipped with new appliances (fridge, oven, dishwasher, washer and dryer), a full-size bathroom, and complete cabinetry. The Modal 00 comes standard with a kitchenette and full bathroom. Optionally, the kitchen can be upgraded to a full kitchen.

How can I use a Modal?

Modal is designed to be as versatile as you. Here are some things you can use your Modal for: Renters, Mother-in-law suite, AirBnB, Workspace, Art studio, Vacation getaway, Yoga/exercise space, Man-cave, and She-shed, and the list goes on!

How do I know if my property qualifies?

We can handle that for you. Once we get your address, we’ll check into your city’s zoning, setback, and property size requirements and let you know whether your property qualifies. Click the button below to get started.


How is my Modal built?

All Modals are built off-site in factories and then shipped to your project site.

Can I customize my Modal?

Yes, we offer many options and upgrades you can choose from.


What do I need to do for permitting?

Nothing. Our team will work with your city for all requirements including plan submittal, comment responses, meetings, and more, until your ADU plans are approved.

How do I set up utilities and HVAC?

Local contractors will extend the sewer, water, and electric lines from your existing utilities to your Modal location. We use a mini-split system for heating and cooling, which is included with your unit.

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