Judy, Jessie, Karen and Family,
This cottage is part of a much larger plan for a growing family as it allows three generations to share this cute Albany, California home. Judy has lived in the main home for over thirty years and raised her daughter Jessie here. Judy gave the main home to Jessie and her partner a few years ago to raise their kids. The whole family wants to stay in this home as it is in a great neighborhood, near a BART station, and close to little shops, a pub, a grocery store and other conveniences. In a few years, the great Albany school district will be a big benefit for the grandkids too.
Jessie and her partner did what many new homeowners do and completed a fairly major remodel to the main home with electrical upgrades, new plumbing, new windows, a new kitchen, and a new bathroom. Once that was completed Judy was ready to build her backyard cottage. She plans to use the cottage when she retires in a few years, but, until then, the family is renting the cottage to generate returns on their investment.
They were focused on sustainability throughout the project and used recycled and reclaimed materials, non-toxic paints, and solar panels. The home has Marvin Integrity windows, stained cedar siding, bamboo flooring, IKEA kitchen cabinets, a flush bathroom floor, and an exposed wood ceiling. It is positioned on the lot to have a private garden for the cottage and a larger open area that’s shared between the two homes.
Many clients ask for references, and this is Judy’s response to a number of questions from one potential client in Oakland
1. How did you find New Avenue Homes and what made you hire them? “We had looked for a while for help with a backyard cottage. New Avenue was the first company that said they could meet the city’s requirements and make it happen. They were right!”
2. Did the project stay on course/time and/or were you updated appropriately if timelines changed?
“Absolutely! We have been on schedule.”
3. Did you check credentials of contractors or subcontractors?
“We interviewed potential contractors (not subs) but New Avenue only brought reputable choices whom he had already evaluated for us to interview.”
4. What was it like working with New Avenue Homes and their subcontractors?
“New Avenue and their team has been a real pleasure to work with.”
5. Did the job come in on budget?
6. Did you get the results and end product you expected?
“It is really beautiful and I am very happy.”
7. Would you hire New Avenue again?
8. Anything else you’d like to share?
“It is great having New Avenue oversee all aspects, from permits to design and through construction. Their project administrator has been very available and completely trustworthy.