Mona teamed up with her daughter Lisa, son-in-law Aaron, and two grandkids to create this backyard casita near the famous Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto.
The plan was for Lisa, Aaron, and their kids to move into the main home on the property. Mona would move into the new casita, allowing the whole family to be together while affording them all some privacy and independence.
Nicknamed Chez Mona due to its proximity to Chez Panisse, the new home is within walking distance of an abundance of coffee shops, grocery stores, restaurants, and all the best that Berkeley has to offer.
Once the family settled in, they realized they had been missing out. The surprise benefits of their new location include walking to Philz Coffee and sitting at a cafe together on their way to work. Not having to shuttle their kids to distant activities is another big plus of being “downtown.”
The casita is a two-bedroom home with completely level surfaces, keeping it accessible for senior living. This includes a flush-mounted shower. The home has radiant floor heat, a whole-house fan, spray foam insulation in the roof, and tile throughout.
The design was tucked in behind a fairly large apartment building to the south. Despite this, both morning and afternoon sun shines in the bedroom and living room windows.
The total design and construction costs for this projected were $240,276.00. You can view the full budget below.