Thursday, August 01 2019 / Published in Accessory Dwelling, Permits
Often, the city can’t keep up with changing state laws (which is, frankly, almost impossible). We pointed out a new law. As a result, the city building department agreed not to create $20,000+ in work.  When your city inspectors tell you that your accessory dwelling needs a fire sprinkler, you tend to trust that they
Friday, July 26 2019 / Published in Accessory Dwelling, Costs
When a family decides to add an accessory dwelling, they often consider converting a storage building or garage on the property. This works so well when the existing building is in good shape. Here’s a gorgeous garage conversion in Berkeley, just across the street from another amazing project. Brit and Ethan decided to convert their
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