Santa Cruz is a beautiful and progressive city by the ocean, and buying or renting a house there is very expensive. In the early 2000s, a city committee looked to accessory dwelling units like backyard cottages and guest houses as a solution to address the shortage of affordable housing.
While the housing code already permitted accessory dwellings, it wasn’t easy for homeowners to get them. The city introduced ordinances to encourage homeowners to build accessory dwellings as well as some restrictions on how they could be constructed or used. This move has been well received by Santa Cruz homeowners.
Homeowners John and Kathleen contacted New Avenue in 2012 to add an accessory dwelling to their Santa Cruz property. They wanted an accessible place for Kathleen’s father to live so they could all benefit from multigenerational living and have enough space for everyone.
After some zoning research, we determined that, with a lot size between 5,000 to 7,000 sq ft, the couple would be able to build their Santa Cruz ADU.
A New Avenue partner architect drew a number of site plans for John and Kathleen and took note that they wanted some room in the yard for their young son. They also wanted the new accessory dwelling to match the architectural style of the main home.
The interior includes a bedroom, a living room, a dining area, and a bathroom with a roll-in shower. It’s attached to a garage, which is shared with the main home.
Construction was completed in 2014 by a New Avenue contractor who has since completed many more projects with New Avenue. This beautiful accessory dwelling is the perfect place for Kathleen’s father to be close to his family while enjoying independent living.
The design and construction costs for this project came to $285,194.77. You can view the complete budget below.