Planning a new home, new ADU, or remodel? A word of advice: Don’t get ahead of yourself.
We get it. Design is the best part of the project. (Or maybe it’s the second best; there’s nothing like walking into your dream home or new backyard cottage for the first time.)
But you can’t just jump into design. That’s dangerous.
Have you ever started a new project but just, you know, stopped? What happened? Did you lose interest? Did you run out of funds or time? Did you hit a roadblock?
An unfinished novel or abandoned marathon plan isn’t devastating. A derailed construction project, though, is a different story. If you hit a snag in your remodel or new construction, you could lose thousands.
In 2017, hundreds of accessory dwelling unit (ADU) projects were put on hold in Los Angeles for a single reason: they were too close to above-ground power lines.
In many cases, the ADU projects were already fully designed. The homeowners and architects were excited to start the plans, and nobody saw the power line issue coming. Suddenly, some homeowners were $20,000 or more into the process and had to cancel or come up with a new design.
At New Avenue, we’ve built a workflow that prevents such catastrophes. The location of power lines is just one of 400+ things that we check as a matter of routine. If those LA homeowners had followed our process, they wouldn’t have this massive waste of money and time.
You don’t want to hit any snags. Not when those snags could cost you tens of thousands of dollars.
To protect your project, our design professionals don’t start with the plans. First, they go through New Avenue’s full design process. This means:
- A site visit
- A full proposal, listing the three steps in the design and permitting process with estimated hours and costs
- A visit to the city to double-check permit rules
Only after the preparations are complete do we start making plans. Going through the full design and planning process will help ensure your success. That’s what will get you into your new home.