The Bay Area ADU scene is booming. Lots of homeowners are putting up accessory dwellings, and there are several reasons:
- The state of California recently made it easier for homeowners to add ADUs to their properties.
- There’s incredible demand for affordable housing in the Bay Area.
- ADUs can be used as rental units, guest houses, home offices, housing for family, and more. (We like to think of them as launchpads for life.)
If you live in the Bay Area, now is a great time to add an accessory dwelling. But be careful. Even though California is more ADU friendly than ever, major construction projects still come with a huge risk.
To help you with your ADU project, we’ve put together a list of qualities to look for in an ADU designer or architect. Here’s how the best design professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area do business.
The best accessory dwelling architects in the Bay Area believe in total transparency
When you first talk to an ADU architect, you’ll want to discuss costs.
The best accessory dwelling designers will tell you the actual costs of other projects like yours—real ADU projects in the Bay Area. If you want a ballpark figure to start with, real projects are the best indicator of what you can expect to pay.
The best ADU designers in the Bay Area won’t rush through your proposal.
When you hire an architect or designer to give you a thorough design proposal, that’s exactly what you need—a thorough analysis. To do that, your designer needs to visit your property and talk with you about your goals.
The best accessory dwelling designers use their extensive knowledge to give you an accurate, detailed design proposal. This proposal will tell you your costs for design services. The best designers will also let you know what you can expect to spend on permits, construction, and other work associated with your ADU construction.
The best Bay Area architects know exactly how to approach permitting
Recent changes to California state law are supposed to make it easier to get approvals for accessory dwellings. But that doesn’t mean navigating the permit office is any simpler.
The best ADU designers in the Bay Area have experience talking to local officials. They know what is required in each city, and they know state law. When you’re trying to get permits for your ADU, it’s important to know all the rules and be aware that city officials sometimes make mistakes.
The best ADU architects in the Bay Area will minimize your risks
In construction, nobody can remove all of your risk. There’s always a chance that something will go wrong. But the best architects and designers can minimize surprises throughout the entire process. They can predict problems, reduce costs, and prevent costly changes during construction. They’ve networked with the project managers, engineers, surveyors, and contractors you need to keep your project on time and within budget.
Discover what a New Avenue architect can do for you
New Avenue has a network of the best ADU designers, contractors, and project managers in the Bay Area. Schedule your free call today to discuss your new accessory dwelling with a project manager. We’ll answer all your questions and introduce the best designer for your job.