Multigenerational families are realizing that they can (and should) live together The AARP reports that almost 90% of seniors would rather stay at home than move to an elder care facility. This shouldn’t be surprising to any of us. As humans, we value independence, familiar surroundings, and the comfort of being near loved ones. And
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
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
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
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
San Rafael homeowner David wanted to increase the usable area at the front of his home by adding a covered porch. New Avenue designer Cindy worked with David to create a plan for the addition. Cindy advised David on the engineering and permitting requirements. She then worked with him to design a covered porch that
When the governing association of a group of condominiums in Oakland wanted to replace their roof and balconies, they asked New Avenue for help with construction administration. The area has seen a lot of this type of construction after being shaken by a serious balcony collapse in Berkeley, which killed six and injured seven others.