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.
One thing we love about California is the people. There’s a real culture of making things better. All over the state, homeowners are building accessory dwellings with that goal in mind. They want to make things better for the community by adding much-needed housing. They want to make things better for their families by bringing
Often, the city can’t keep up with changing state laws (which is, frankly, almost impossible). We pointed out a new law. As a result, the city building department agreed not to create $20,000+ in work. When your city inspectors tell you that your accessory dwelling needs a fire sprinkler, you tend to trust that they
With the new accessory-dwelling friendly legislation in California, many building owners are looking to legalize their unpermitted accessory dwellings and apartments. It’s a smart move. It helps to ensure the safety of tenants, improves the resale value for the future, and keeps everything on the up-and-up with the city. Here’s one such remodel for a
One of the most time-consuming (and often aggravating) parts of the design process is permitting. This is especially true in San Francisco, where it can be hard to please every city officer that has a say in the project. Don’t get us wrong; permits are necessary to protect the homeowner, the builder, and the community.
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
At attorney in San Francisco contacted New Avenue for help in bringing his client’s four-bedroom rental unit up to code. The structure had been built without permits, and the city required the owner to make several changes to ensure the structure’s compliance with safety and environmental standards. While the floorplan remained largely the same, extensive
The Albany Planning Department has a very strict interpretation of an “accessory building” (that is not a dwelling with a kitchen) and what triggers requiring a permit. Based on a conversation in February 2017, if a storage building (accessory structure) that is less than 120 square feet in size has power or electricity, then Albany
We know of just one apartment out of an estimated 30,000-40,000 illegal in laws in San Francisco that was legalized! This is the story about that apartment’s legalization process. One of our partner architects, David Locicero recently completed the legalization of an existing in law unit in San Francisco. The process from start to finish