Santa Cruz is an absolutely beautiful place to live. With housing in such high demand, homeowners are getting more from their properties with accessory dwelling units (ADUs). They’re adding backyard cottages and in-law apartments to get rental income or live near family. If you’re interested in adding an ADU to your Santa Cruz property, it makes sense to get the best ADU builder.
Here’s what to ask your ADU company:
1. Can I see the budgets from your past projects?
When you start a huge project like adding an accessory dwelling, cost is always a major concern. In our years of serving California, we’ve learned that estimates aren’t always right. (In fact, they’re usually way off.)
That’s why we developed the New Avenue system. When you sign up with New Avenue, you get free access to real budgets and real plans from projects just like yours.
Look for an ADU builder who offers real data and puts time into creating a budget for your project. New Avenue offers both.
2. How will you make my life easier while my ADU is being built?
Building an accessory dwelling, in-law apartment, backyard cottage, granny flat, or addition (yes, there are hundreds of names for them) is a huge project. Choose an accessory dwelling company that makes it easier with a solid, time-saving solution.
New Avenue’s unique system lets you manage your project through your personal project page. Think of it as a website for your ADU. Through our free, online system, you can research costs, see design ideas, manage contracts, keep in touch with your entire team, keep track of all your paperwork, approve invoices, manage your budget, and pay invoices.
No construction project is simple, but New Avenue makes it as easy as possible.
3. Do you have experience building accessory dwellings in Santa Cruz?
It’s not enough to just have experience in design and construction. To build an ADU in Santa Cruz, you’ll need someone with experience in Santa Cruz and in California. City rules can be complicated, so it’s important that your designer know the city’s requirements, the states requirements, and exactly how to get permits for your project. That requires experience in the area.
New Avenue’s team once saved tens of thousands of dollars for a single client, but that’s nothing new. We’ve done it many times. That’s because we know both local and state rules. (In fact, we helped to write many of those rules.)
Three simple questions can help you decide who is the best ADU builder in Santa Cruz.
An accessory dwelling is a big investment of time and money. If you hire the best and get it done right, you’ll get a huge return on that investment.
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