With her son going off to college and her parents getting older, Stephanie decided it was time to add a one-bedroom accessory dwelling unit to her property in San Jose. This would be a place for her parents to occasionally stay with her now and could become a permanent residence for them in the future. It could also serve as a place for her son to stay or live as needed.
Stephanie explored the possibility of adding an ADU a few years ago and learned that adding a detached dwelling would not be possible. Fortunately, things have changed. New laws in California are helping homeowners get much-needed additions.
Stephanie’s main concerns were accessibility for older residents and keeping her property value steady. She didn’t want to reduce the value by removing the detached garage, and she didn’t want to increase the value—and therefore the property taxes— too much. She also wanted to include a loft for added storage and a place for younger guests to stay.
A New Avenue partner architect created a design that would work well for elderly and young guests alike. It could also be a short-term or long-term residence.
The total design cost for this project was $28,247.50. You can see the full design budget below.