Monday, February 25 2019 / Published in Accessory Dwelling, Costs
Santa Cruz is a beautiful and progressive city by the ocean, and buying or renting a house there is very expensive. In the early 2000s, a city committee looked to accessory dwelling units like backyard cottages and guest houses as a solution to address the shortage of affordable housing. While the housing code already permitted
Saturday, February 23 2019 / Published in Accessory Dwelling, Costs
When he decided to add a one-bedroom guest unit to his backyard in Berkeley, Rob had a New Avenue partner architect design the building. This 346-square-foot building makes a beautiful addition to the main house and will help the owner get the most out of his property. He’ll be able to use it for himself,
Saturday, February 23 2019 / Published in Accessory Dwelling, Costs
Kim came to New Avenue looking to add a one-bedroom accessory dwelling to her backyard. A New Avenue partner architect created this design. There are so many uses for a project like this. Kim can rent her new backyard dwelling out and have it paid off in just a few years. If she needs it
Saturday, February 23 2019 / Published in Accessory Dwelling, Costs, Informational
Mona teamed up with her daughter Lisa, son-in-law Aaron, and two grandkids to create this backyard casita near the famous Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto. The plan was for Lisa, Aaron, and their kids to move into the main home on the property. Mona would move into the new casita, allowing the whole family to be together
Friday, February 22 2019 / Published in Informational
These San Francisco homeowners wanted to remodel their 100-year-old home, but the city said they had to keep the art-deco facade. Here’s how designer Matt Waitkus gave them the space they need. When a young San Francisco couple added a baby to the family, they approached designer Matt Waitkus with two goals: 1) to increase