At New Avenue, we put everything we’ve got into changing lives. We build smart spaces that make housing accessible, give families space, and create income.
One way to do that is to build backyard accessory dwellings and cottages. But that’s not the only way to make a home do more.
New Avenue principal designer Jeffrey Rexford created a stunning design that adds a rentable unit to this craftsman-style home in Berkeley.
This will be a fast and affordable project, finished in around six months for less than $100,000.
Here’s the original layout of the first floor. This home had two entrances in just the right places.
Below is the new layout. The blue is the rental unit, and the yellow is the main home. Jeff added a bathroom so the main home could still have one on the first floor.
There is a shared laundry area. The second floor of the building belongs to the main home.
Below are renderings that show what the new rental unit will look like.
Converting part of your home into a revenue generator like this rental unit is a smart idea. It’s a project that pays for itself and that will continue to pay off year after year for generations.
The cost to design and permit this project was $16,010. You can download the design budget below.