Wednesday, August 21 2019 / Published in Accessory Dwelling, Informational, Legislation
At New Avenue, we are all about solving the housing crisis and empowering homeowners. That means changing the way housing works in places like California, where we are facing a shortage of three to four million units. If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that one of the smartest ways to address
Tuesday, August 20 2019 / Published in Informational
You checked that you qualify for financing early on. You found the best designer for your new home, accessory dwelling, or remodel. You’ve got your plans drawn up, have gotten the permits you need, and even have a contractor bid.  Now that you know how much your big project will cost, it’s time to lock
Thursday, August 01 2019 / Published in New Avenue Process I-V, Process
Your construction project is a little like a group project in school. Remember doing big group projects in school? Some of us liked them and some of us hated them. For me, group projects were hit or miss. If I knew and really trusted my fellow group members, great. Otherwise, a group project could be
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