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.
There’s so much that a backyard cottage can do. One of our clients, Francis Schumacher, recently built a 650-square-foot accessory dwelling behind his San Jose home. With a desire to help ease the local housing crisis and assist public servants such as teachers, he planned to rent the home out. Later, it would be a
Knowing she could make better use of her 20-foot-by-12-foot shed in her backyard, Mona came to New Avenue looking to convert it into an accessory dwelling unit that could be used as a guest house or a rental house. She also wanted a master bathroom added on to her existing home. A New Avenue partner
Sharmila, an Oakland homeowner, asked New Avenue about converting her existing 250-square-foot garage into an accessory dwelling that she could rent out to friends or family. She wanted a loft sleeping area so the limited square footage could be used efficiently. Our New Avenue partner architect was able to help her with a design that
What to call that beautiful new addition/backyard cottage/in-law unit/renters’ apartment/guest house/granny flat that will change your property forever. Most people have long-term plans for their homes. These plans include a laundry list of upgrades, each of which can help make the home a love-filled, wonderful place for family and friends. People regularly ask us to
We recently heard from a homeowner who was blindsided by her local water district. The reason? An unnecessary new water meter triggered over $25,000 in permit fees that should not have been charged. We intervened before a second, similar fee was charged for a new gas line. This saved the owner over $25,000. That’s right,