Additions and Accessory Dwellings

What is an Addition or Accessory Dwelling?

An accessory dwelling is usually the smartest investment you can make in your home. An accessory dwelling is a guesthouse, backyard cottage or apartment that has all of the comforts, rooms, and amenities you would expect in a primary home. They create flexibility for you and your family. You can provide a home for your parent, your child, an au pair, a caregiver, yourself, or a renter. It can be a detached or a remodeled part of your main homes such as a bedroom, lower floor, or attic. They can be additions to your home too. Accessory dwellings tend to range from studios that are 250 square feet, a one bedroom of about 450 square feet, two bedrooms that are 650-750 square feet and all the way up to four bedroom homes. This is a real home by any measure and can cost less than $100,000 or over $1,000,000.

Changes to the law

States and cities across the country are giving owners the right to create an accessory dwelling. California and many other states view them as the solution to our housing crisis. We view single family homes as a great start, and a home with a guest house as the ideal way to create connection, personal space, secure and a sustainable lifestyle. In California homeowners have the right to build an accessory dwelling. Most cities and states allow you to do this. Permit costs are much less expensive due to new laws as well. You can build a new accessory dwelling and legalize unpermitted dwellings. The amended laws give homeowners the right to create accessory dwellings up to 1,200 square feet. You need an expert to navigate all this with you but what matters most is that you now have the right to do this.

New Avenue has managed 360 custom projects in the past 5 years. We have more experience than most firms see in a lifetime.

A home should be an endless source of fun, security, energy, income and more. We do custom residential design/build projects of all sizes. Projects include additions, remodels, accessory dwellings and custom homes.

Remodeling is commonly viewed as a nightmare

Cost over-runs, poor communication and the anxiety that a project will “take twice as long and cost twice as much” all cause projects to go sideways. These nightmares cause hardship for clients while jeopardizing the reputations and careers of the architects and contractors involved. We put an end to this.

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Our system seamlessly integrates the design/build experience in a way that no one else can.

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  • As a client, we focus on you and how your home can be adapted to best serve who you are, your family’s needs, your hobbies and your career plans.
  • Our architects and contractors are vetted and proven by other happy clients.  

We respect the flexibility of this industry. You may have an architect, designer, contractor or tradesperson that you want to work with. We enthusiastically collaborate with and include everyone in our process. We share insights in order to better serve our clients and our colleagues. Due to our extensive experience, we can spot a low bid, a high bid or just check a line item or forewarn you of pending permit hassles. The professionals in our network consistently complete projects on time and within 5% of their proposed budget. Most importantly, their clients are happy.

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What can I do with an Accessory Dwelling?

Well, for starters you can create a home for someone you care about. In addition to that, you can generate income by renting it either long-term or using on-demand rental apps such as Airbnb. The state law does not prevent homeowners from renting out the second unit to short-term guests or require them to live in one of the units. But local jurisdictions can require one of the structures to be owner-occupied and regulate rentals of less than 30 days, as San Francisco does. The accessory apartment in North America - defined as the addition of a small, separate living unit within a detached single-family house - has been advocated as a housing alternative allowing older people to 'age in place.' That means having your parents or any other family closer but in their space.

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