A Berkeley homeowner came to New Avenue hoping to convert his accessory structure into an accessory dwelling. If he could add a kitchen and bathroom, he could rent the unit out.
What’s the difference between an accessory structure and an accessory dwelling?
As a place where people can live, an accessory dwelling includes a kitchen and bathroom. When properly permitted, it has been inspected for safety and can be legally rented out.
Many homes have an accessory building such as a shed, detached garage, storage building, or greenhouse. These structures are not certified for occupancy and cannot legally be rented as homes.
Can you convert a shed, garage, etc. into a rental unit?
In many cases, an accessory structure can be converted into an accessory dwelling. Sometimes the entire structure must be demolished. When that happens, the slab is often usable. Other times, the homeowner wants an ADU with a completely different footprint, so we start from scratch.
Here’s what we did with this Berkeley home.
In the case of this Berkeley home, the accessory structure was in good condition and the homeowner wanted the ADU to have the same footprint (that is, fit into the exact same space on the lot.)
New Avenue’s design professional created a plan that would use the existing exterior walls and foundation.
The design adds a kitchen and full bathroom to the unit. In addition, the unit will get a new roof, new shear walls, new lighting, new heating, and new windows.
When construction is complete, the owner will be able to rent this unit out.
The budget for design, permitting and construction of this project was $246,099.46. You can download the full project budget below.