Friday, July 12 2019 / Published in Informational
Alex, a homeowner in Berkeley, CA, realized that he could do more with his property. He thought he might convert his old garage into an office or an accessory dwelling, so he explored the possibilities. After some investigation, he realized that he would have to demolish the garage. He also found out that his sister
Wednesday, July 03 2019 / Published in Informational
If you own residential property in California, new legislation is opening doors for you. This year’s ADU legislation is truly revolutionary and may make 2020 the best year ever to build the perfect accessory dwelling (or two) on your property. For example, this year’s bills eliminate the owner occupancy requirement that currently exists in most
Thursday, June 20 2019 / Published in Informational
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
Thursday, June 20 2019 / Published in Accessory Dwelling, Permits, Remodel
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
Thursday, June 13 2019 / Published in Costs, Informational
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