When Katrina and Brian looked at the space behind their Oakland home, they saw a great opportunity to fill a gap in the housing market, providing much-needed housing to students or a family while bringing in additional income. They also hoped to sell both their home and the new home as separate properties in the future.
Wanting to rent to students or a young family, they spoke to real estate agents in the area and learned that it was difficult to find a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home. So they decided to build one that would face the street behind their property.
They began by working with the city to get a variance—they needed permission to build within the setback. It was during that process that they contacted New Avenue to begin the design process.
Having both students and young families in mind, Katrina and Brian asked for a space that would be flexible enough for a variety of tenants. They hoped their tenants would be able to live happily, leading active lives in the rental home.
The design includes three bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor. The first floor has a kitchen, living area, dining area, and bathroom. A front door opens to the street side of the property, and a side door opens to the driveway.
The design cost for this project was $28,328.65. You can see the design budget below.