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
Knowing she could make better use of her 20-foot-by-12-foot shed in her backyard, Mona came to New Avenue looking to convert it into an accessory dwelling unit that could be used as a guest house or a rental house. She also wanted a master bathroom added on to her existing home. A New Avenue partner
Sharmila, an Oakland homeowner, asked New Avenue about converting her existing 250-square-foot garage into an accessory dwelling that she could rent out to friends or family. She wanted a loft sleeping area so the limited square footage could be used efficiently. Our New Avenue partner architect was able to help her with a design that
One of the most time-consuming (and often aggravating) parts of the design process is permitting. This is especially true in San Francisco, where it can be hard to please every city officer that has a say in the project. Don’t get us wrong; permits are necessary to protect the homeowner, the builder, and the community.
What to call that beautiful new addition/backyard cottage/in-law unit/renters’ apartment/guest house/granny flat that will change your property forever. Most people have long-term plans for their homes. These plans include a laundry list of upgrades, each of which can help make the home a love-filled, wonderful place for family and friends. People regularly ask us to
We recently heard from a homeowner who was blindsided by her local water district. The reason? An unnecessary new water meter triggered over $25,000 in permit fees that should not have been charged. We intervened before a second, similar fee was charged for a new gas line. This saved the owner over $25,000. That’s right,
This San Francisco family wanted to update their 100-year-old home. Like so many homeowners, they had a lot of goals in mind. Many of the people who call New Avenue own outdated homes that just don’t suit their modern lifestyles. They wish they could invite their friends over for supper or a glass of wine,
For better or worse, the world is changing fast. Our lives are getting busier, and our homes are becoming increasingly more important. We’re turning to them for respite, using them as offices, extending our living space to include elderly or young adult family members, and renting out space for extra income. Space is at a