An accessory dwelling is a secondary home that can be used as additional living space, a rental unit, or a secondary residence for family (think in-laws, grandparents, adult children—anyone who needs a place to live). Any homeowner in Portland can add an ADU to their property. In the Portland area (not to mention the entire
Here’s how we helped our clients turn “no” into a “go.” When Principal Designer Amy Guiang contacted the City of Oakland, she was expecting a “yes” but got a “no.” Amy was conducting a feasibility study for a client who wanted to turn a duplex into a triplex. Knowing that recent changes to California state
At New Avenue, recent news has really gotten us thinking about what Labor Day means and how we take care of ourselves and each other here in the US. At New Avenue, we support working parents, no matter how they parent or how they work. Assemblymember Buffy Wicks has been making waves with her support
“What’s your process?” It’s a common question from Portland-area clients, and it’s a good one. We love that our clients want to know what to expect. Excellent communication up front makes for clear expectations all around. Every project follows our five-step process: Phase I: Pre-design Phase II: Schematic Design Phase III: Construction Documentation Phase IV:
If you’re interested in building an ADU or remodeling your Portland-area home, you’ll need some information. And you probably have questions. We love questions. Your first step is a free call. Most of our projects start with a free call so we can talk about your needs and answer your questions. We’ll discuss: Your goals
New Avenue is now partnering with local design professionals and contractors to build accessory dwellings in the Portland area. We specialize in: Accessory dwelling units Rental homes Backyard cottages Home offices and studios Environmental sustainability Permitting Legalization of unpermitted units Multigenerational living Universal design and accessible homes So, why should you choose New Avenue to
If you’re converting your garage or building an accessory dwelling on your property, you’ll need to consider the main sewer line when planning your budget. If your ADU is detached from the main home, you’ll need a new line to remove wastewater. If it’s attached, you may need to repair, replace, or upgrade your existing line.
A Berkeley homeowner came to New Avenue hoping to convert his accessory structure into an accessory dwelling. If he could add a kitchen and bathroom, he could rent the unit out. What’s the difference between an accessory structure and an accessory dwelling? As a place where people can live, an accessory dwelling includes a kitchen