Oakland residents Michele and Steve decided to add to their current home. Their plan was to create an addition or accessory dwelling unit that could be lease to short- or long-term renters. In the long term, it would be a space they could move into themselves. To prevent surprise problems down the road, Michele and
Concerned for his 127-year-old Victorian home in Oakland, Ravi came to New Avenue for help in preventing leaks and modifying the ground floor to include a garage, bedroom, bathroom, laundry, and common space. He wanted the space to be a place that he could use or a place where a roommate could live. A New
With a growing family and aging parents, Elaine knew she would soon need more living space on her property. So she started her project by creating a free account with New Avenue and filling out our Goals & Ideas worksheet. Elaine’s vision included a one-bedroom accessory dwelling unit with one or two bathrooms, a bedroom/living
When Katrina and Brian looked at the space behind their Oakland home, they saw a great opportunity to fill a gap in the housing market, providing much-needed housing to students or a family while bringing in additional income. They also hoped to sell both their home and the new home as separate properties in the
Valerie and Walt wanted to add an accessory dwelling to their property. For the immediate future, they wanted it to be a comfortable, accessible home for Valerie’s mother. Thinking about the long term, they also wanted a place that could be used for rental income in the future. A New Avenue partner architect designed a
When he needed a place for his elder parents to live near his home, Timothy decided to build a one-bedroom home in the back yard of his Oakland home. He needed a dwelling that would be elder-friendly and match the style of his home. Timothy’s thinking is in line that of with many California residents.
At attorney in San Francisco contacted New Avenue for help in bringing his client’s four-bedroom rental unit up to code. The structure had been built without permits, and the city required the owner to make several changes to ensure the structure’s compliance with safety and environmental standards. While the floorplan remained largely the same, extensive
Jon and Avril, homeowners in Berkeley, considered adding a backyard accessory dwelling to their property years ago, but they were disappointed by the restrictions—650 square feet would not be enough for two people. Now that the rules have been relaxed, they are again considering an addition, and they came to New Avenue for design services.