Valerie and Walt wanted to add an accessory dwelling to their property. For the immediate future, they wanted it to be a comfortable, accessible home for Valerie’s mother. Thinking about the long term, they also wanted a place that could be used for rental income in the future. A New Avenue partner architect designed a
When he needed a place for his elder parents to live near his home, Timothy decided to build a one-bedroom home in the back yard of his Oakland home. He needed a dwelling that would be elder-friendly and match the style of his home. Timothy’s thinking is in line that of with many California residents.
Jon and Avril, homeowners in Berkeley, considered adding a backyard accessory dwelling to their property years ago, but they were disappointed by the restrictions—650 square feet would not be enough for two people. Now that the rules have been relaxed, they are again considering an addition, and they came to New Avenue for design services.
With her son going off to college and her parents getting older, Stephanie decided it was time to add a one-bedroom accessory dwelling unit to her property in San Jose. This would be a place for her parents to occasionally stay with her now and could become a permanent residence for them in the future.
Planning to build an accessory dwelling in his backyard, Alex came to New Avenue to connect with a design professional and contractor and to manage his project. He wanted to build a stand-alone unit that he could rent out to family or to short-term renters. An existing garage would have to be demolished to make
Ashlea came to New Avenue with a plan to build an accessory dwelling that she would live in for the long term. She wanted a space that would accommodate her introverted nature, her love of quiet, at-home activities, and her pets. She also had a few special furniture pieces, and it was important that the
Bill and Mieko, homeowners in Berkeley, came to New Avenue for help with a major renovation on the property his mother had just purchased. The newly acquired property, which was next door to Bill and Mieko’s home, was a duplex with guest rooms on the second floor and a larger living space on the first