Occasionally, a client will come to New Avenue having been burned by an architect or contractor. We’re sorry this happens to so many people, and we’re happy to help save a project.
A homeowner in San Pablo approached us for help in remodeling a one-bedroom home he had purchased a few months before. Unfortunately, the architect he hired to do the planning turned out to be unqualified. The homeowner learned this when he took his plans to the city for approval.
The owner wanted to remodel the kitchen and bathroom, move the laundry area, upgrade the insulation and windows, put on a new roof, and install new plumbing. He knew the electrical system would also need to be updated.
The home was on a lot that had plenty of space, so the homeowner had also made long-term plans to one day convert the existing home into an accessory dwelling and build a larger, attached main house on the property. Since the city’s size limit for ADUs is 500 square feet, the house’s size would have to be reduced when the time came.
When the owner contacted New Avenue, the house had already been torn down to the studs for the remodel, so time was important. Our New Avenue partner architect created a design that would meet the requirements of both the homeowner and the city. Keeping the future plans for the property in mind, the architect designed a home that could one day be reduced in size and turned into an ADU as part of the client’s dream home.
A New Avenue partner architect turned this project around. Soon, this homeowner will be enjoying his remodeled one-bedroom home. Later, he’ll have his dream home and an ADU to rent out for extra income.
The cost to design and permit the remodel of the existing home was $16,200. You can see the full design and permitting budget below.