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
A homeowner in Berkeley hired New Avenue to replace her old detached garage with an ADU. She plans to share the accessory dwelling with family and, later, rent it out. There are so many possibilities with an ADU like this one. This design has a kitchen (highlighted in blue), a living area/office (peach), a bedroom (yellow), a bathroom (purple), a laundry room (green), and plenty of storage. There’s even a fireplace.
And in construction, rules are changing all the time. It can be hard to keep up. Fortunately, New Avenue designer Cindy Lan is an expert in dealing with city officials. Lately, Cindy has been doing research in Berkeley, so she’s up to date on how setback and egress requirements will affect ADU design in the city.
New Avenue had the pleasure of designing a 432-square-foot, one-bedroom ADU for clients in Albany, California. This beautiful backyard cottage will be a space for the family to rent out for additional income or to use themselves. This beautiful ADU boasts a bathroom, a bedroom, a kitchenette, and a living area. The gorgeous bay window