Adding to your home? Remodeling? Building new? Here’s why every estimate is wrong (and how you can get your project done on budget). Whatever you’re building, whether it’s a backyard cottage, a basement apartment, a remodel, or a new custom home, you’re going to want an estimate before you break ground. After all, remodeling or
Cities like Minneapolis and San Francisco are addressing the housing crisis in creative ways Single-family zoning has been a staple of American cities for most of the past century. All over the US, zoning laws prohibit multi-family housing in certain areas. In cities like Los Angeles and Portland, over 3/4 of the residential land is
With the new accessory-dwelling friendly legislation in California, many building owners are looking to legalize their unpermitted accessory dwellings and apartments. It’s a smart move. It helps to ensure the safety of tenants, improves the resale value for the future, and keeps everything on the up-and-up with the city. Here’s one such remodel for a
San Rafael homeowner David wanted to increase the usable area at the front of his home by adding a covered porch. New Avenue designer Cindy worked with David to create a plan for the addition. Cindy advised David on the engineering and permitting requirements. She then worked with him to design a covered porch that
When the governing association of a group of condominiums in Oakland wanted to replace their roof and balconies, they asked New Avenue for help with construction administration. The area has seen a lot of this type of construction after being shaken by a serious balcony collapse in Berkeley, which killed six and injured seven others.
Matt and Nora, homeowners in Portland, wanted to open up the common areas of their home and update their kitchen. They planned to convert their existing sunroom into a new kitchen and mudroom. They also needed a sink and shower added to the downstairs bathroom. Angela, a New Avenue partner architect, created a plan that
Dean, a homeowner in Milwaukie, Oregon, was planning for the future. He wanted to age in place in his home and bring his son and grandchildren to live with him. Dean is skilled in construction, so he planned to do much of the demolition and building work (such electrical and plumbing) himself. He came to
There’s so much that a backyard cottage can do. One of our clients, Francis Schumacher, recently built a 650-square-foot accessory dwelling behind his San Jose home. With a desire to help ease the local housing crisis and assist public servants such as teachers, he planned to rent the home out. Later, it would be a