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Pre-fab ADU exterior view with grey wall and a stone path leading to large glass door


As simple as we try to keep it, there are still lots of questions. Here are answers to the most common questions. We're happy to provide any additional details. 

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+ How is the structure shipped?

Units are shipped fully assembled to your site. We transport from Colombus, IN, south of Chicago, where we build in our warehouse. Our business model is built around prefabricating structures so we can eliminate or minimize site specific construction. We build the units ourselves and don’t outsource to another company. This is how we offer competitive pricing and convenience.

+ How is the structure placed?

Depending on the site, different equipment will be used to place the structure on the foundation. We will make arrangements for equipment in preparation for arrival so the unit can be unloaded and put into place. A portion of this cost is included in the price of the unit. Based on location and site access, additional fees may be required. We will be on site to work with local contractors or send a qualified representative.

+ What foundation is required?

Origin Studio can be placed on either concrete slab, spread footing, or concrete pillars depending on the site. We will assist you in selecting the best foundation for your site. We make site visits for each project. Our engineers and architects design the foundation and complete construction drawings. These drawings can be provided to the contractor of your choice for quotes and we will facilitate you identifying the best contractor.  

+ Is the foundation and utility connections included in the price of the unit?

No. These costs are highly location specific so the following are general estimates which can be defined more accurately before purchase. These items are Outside Contract Scope however, we do offer a fixed price option for Origin Studio to contract and pay for the site works.

  • Transportation of ADU to your home: $7,000 - $12000

  • Foundation for ADU: $5,000 - $15,000

  • Crane Services to place ADU on foundation:$3,000 - $7,000


+ Do I require a permit?

Most likely, yes. We will handle the entire permitting process for you and ask you to cover the actual permit cost which varies by location. Every jurisdiction is different. We encourage you to inform your local jurisdiction and confirm permit requirements. 


+ Can I change the dimensions and customize it?

The length can be increased to 40’ and the width to 10’. This width enables us to transport the unit fully assembled and without additional wide load transportation permitting. Changes to the length will be priced accordingly and windows and other details will be modified. Individual designs outside these parameters can be completed on a commissioned basis. 

+ Can I add a bathroom to the Zen Den?

Yes, we can add a bathroom to the Zen Den unit which would connect to plumbing and water supply. This addition triggers additional permitting requirements. 


+ Can I use the unit in the winter?

Absolutely! We designed the space precisely to endure winters and manage the elements. We accomplished by using 6” walls so we can create the highest insulation R-value and an airtight seal. We have chosen the next generation, high-tech graphine heated floors systems to keep the space warm. Graphine is an ultra-low wattage technology that utilizes nanotechnology to create the most efficient transfer of electricity to heat, of any material.


+ How about keeping it cool in the summer?

We have designed our units to provide airflow during the summer months through operable windows, high ceilings and a built in exhaust fan that draws hot air up and out. The Lalit includes a Mini Split AC and this can be added to the Zen Den. If you want to add HVAC at a later date, structural drawing will be provided to allow your local HVAC team to safely install without hitting any studs or electrical wiring.


+ Do you offer financing?

Not yet. We are working on some partnerships with financial intuitions. Home equity loans are a great way to finance this. 

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