On a recent project, our contractors helped a young architect and her husband transform their home into the perfect place to raise their children while earning rental income from a ground-floor accessory dwelling.
The family didn’t have the funds to make their 100-year-old house as big as they were allowed. This neighborhood would actually allow them to make it a triplex, but that would have increased the cost from around $300,000 to over $500,000. With young kids and an architect’s salary, half a million was just too much to handle at this point in their lives.
The foundation was a wreck and had to go. That was an unpleasant bit of extra work they had hoped to avoid, but the team handled it expertly. The house was lifted, the entire foundation was removed, and a new one was added.
The upper floor was gutted and transformed into three bedrooms and an open living area. The living room has a ladder to an upstairs playroom that will get a lot of use over the years.
Then a lower-floor, two-bedroom ADU was added. It makes up about half of the entire ground floor. Next to that is the garage and storage.
These are some construction progress photos during the rough framing portion of the work.
On the team: a father who has decades of experience, a son who has an engineering degree, and a loyal crew.
This combination of experience and education is one of the most efficient types of building crews. You get the tough contractor who has seen it all many times before and the savvy, techy skills of a fresh college grad. It seems one way you get this type of talent in construction is when a kid grows up around it and just loves building. It’s meaningful, challenging, and satisfying work. (Sometimes it’s too challenging, but if you love what you do, you’re pretty lucky.)
The remodel and ADU will help this family for as long as they own the home.