Mona teamed up with her daughter Lisa, son-in-law Aaron, and two grandkids to create this backyard casita near the famous Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto. The plan was for Lisa, Aaron, and their kids to move into the main home on the property. Mona would move into the new casita, allowing the whole family to be together
These San Francisco homeowners wanted to remodel their 100-year-old home, but the city said they had to keep the art-deco facade. Here’s how designer Matt Waitkus gave them the space they need. When a young San Francisco couple added a baby to the family, they approached designer Matt Waitkus with two goals: 1) to increase
Like many Bay Area homeowners, the owners of this mid-century home in Piedmont needed more room for their growing family. They loved their home and the area, so they decided to remodel. The family wanted to add a third bedroom so the children could each have their own space. They also wanted to expand the
When you hire New Avenue for a construction project, we’ll help you decide whether you need to start with a design professional or a licensed contractor. Many projects start with the contractor submitting a construction proposal. This requires a site visit, and there’s a fee. Why? We charge this fee to make sure our contractor
As your new accessory dwelling or home addition are being built, you can expect visits from city inspectors. They may ask to see the calculations used to size the interior gas and water lines. Your plumber and contractor will decide what types of pipes and wiring you need based on projected demand (that is, how
We talk a lot about the value a new project can bring to a homeowner. It can be valuable for your quality of life, increase resale value, or create a new rentable space that generates income. The intrinsic value that comes with creating space for yourself or for family is usually the biggest factor. But
Wanting a place that would provide extra income and could one day become a residence for her mother and/or herself, Patricia contacted New Avenue about adding a one-bedroom accessory dwelling to her property in Berkeley. There were a few things that were very important to Patricia. She wanted to preserve the trees on the property.
Oakland residents Michele and Steve decided to add to their current home. Their plan was to create an addition or accessory dwelling unit that could be lease to short- or long-term renters. In the long term, it would be a space they could move into themselves. To prevent surprise problems down the road, Michele and