Addition or a small cottage as a secondary unit – you can trust us to handle the tasks of planning, coordinating, scheduling, selecting, bidding and vetting.
Looking to downsize and get income from the main house. Makes a lot of sense. No need for a marathon between a kitchen and a bathroom.
You want to keep some borderline between your business and your personal life. Legitimate.
You might have a different goal. We will show possible options, that will help you make better decisions and keep the costs at bay.
You are interested in the technology that could help you control the monthly bills as well as improve quality of living: keeping you warm in winter, cool in summer.
You want to keep teachers and nurses in your community, not out. The additional dwelling unit gives you a chance to do that, and get some extra income.
Be aware of all known and unknown costs. Know what to look for in a bid.
Enough space for how many people? Kitchen requirements? Number of bedrooms or bathrooms? Costs? Recycled materials? Solar power? Maximum self-sufficiency? Fire resistance? Write it down. Compare the options to your wish list to know which one fits the best.
It might make sense to talk to your financial advisor and a trusted real estate agent before you make a final decision. Does it make sense to build on this lot? Will the costs be covered in case of a later sale? Are you improving the property?
The same as for any new construction.
What construction fees does your town charge? To be checked. Would your town hall even allow this type of house? To be checked.
Do you have enough power, or is an upgrade to your distribution panel required? Can you connect to current sewage line?
Do you have a recent soils report that will guide the structural engineer when drawing the foundation plans?
What materials do you plan to use? Make sure you understand what a home kit consists of, not to be disappointed to see a version of a Sears Home Kit delivered to your site.
Understand tax implications. Take into account changes in property taxes and tax abatements.
Is the manufacturer local? Or does the module get shipped from the East Coast?
Your town is most probably charging the same fees, whether it is a new 4000 sq. ft. house or an 800 sq. ft. ADU. Thus the number that has to be included in your budget might be considerable. The budget for a new house can run up to $70,000. You have been warned.
It might be something as simple as a distribution panel upgrade. But if your main house did not have any electrical upgrades in the last 20 years, it might trigger the whole main house electrical upgrade to match current building codes. Inquire in advance.
Piers? Slab? Huge difference in costs. Driven by the site, soil, closeness to creeks, you name it. A structural engineer might ask for a report done by a geo engineer. This will trigger site visits from both. Contracts with both.
How are you making the decisions? Are you driven by costs alone? Or does ecology or lower utility bills matter? Would you be planning to use fire resistant materials? How about insulation? These little details matter when you consider your options.
Talk to your financial advisor and a trusted real estate agent. Challenge your assumptions that adding a unit on this property makes financial sense.
When thinking of pre-fab units, consider if your driveway will be able to let the huge truck pass. Does the site have enough space for a crane? Can we even use a crane? Are there utility lines in the way that might make the delivery impossible?
And where that container is coming from, so that you include your transportation costs into the budget.
Recent California state legislation , effective January 1, 2018, clarifies the law to promote the development of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), including allowing ADUs to be built concurrently with a single-family home, opening areas where ADUs can be built to include all zoning districts that allow single-family uses, modifying fees from utilities, such as special districts and water corporations, and reducing parking requirements.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are known by many names: granny flats, in-law units, backyard cottages, secondary units and more.
It is an innovative, affordable, effective option for adding much-needed housing in California, offering an opportunity to maximize housing choices within existing neighborhoods.
ADUs are a unique opportunity to address a variety of housing needs for family members, friends, students, the elderly, in-home health care providers, the disabled, and others.