Advantages of building an in-law unit as ADU

Recently, new legislation that makes it easier for homeowners to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) has come into effect in California. This legislation could not have come at a better time as ADU homes solve many issues, including reducing the housing crisis in California and giving homeowners the ability to turn their property into a multi-generational residence. 

Costs of getting a building permit for your ADU

How much does it cost to get a permit for an accessory dwelling unit?It does not matter if you are building your accessory dwelling unit with a modular company, or a custom backyard cottage with a traditional stick-built builder, you will need to get the building permit from your city. There is no escaping this cost.

Green Building and ADUs

How do CalGreen Building Code requirements relate to ADUs? CalGreen Mandatory Measures are a requirement of the California Green Building Standards Code. These mandatory measures are required on all new homes and residences. Furthermore, they also apply to additions and alterations which increase the building’s conditioned area, interior volume, or size.  But be careful, notContinue reading “Green Building and ADUs”

Estimating change orders

We have written before about what you should expect to see in your ADU budget. We encourage you to make sure your budget includes all the big line items. As our founder likes to repeat, you cannot save money during ADU construction. You can only save money at the planning stage, when you are discussingContinue reading “Estimating change orders”

ADUs and insurance policies.

If you have recently added an ADU – make sure you do not forget to include it in your insurance coverage – it might go under “other structures”. Actually, updating insurance is one of the most often forgotten things at the end of the project. Learn more about the technicalities of wild fire insurance policiesContinue reading “ADUs and insurance policies.”

Keeping our homes from burning

We love revealing myths. Let’s reveal some myths about causes of fire. If you own a home or are thinking of building a home or an accessory dwelling unit, spend 8 minutes on this video. 30% of US homes are in Wild Urban Interface zone (a.k.a. WUI zones). These are borderline zoned between wilderness andContinue reading “Keeping our homes from burning”

Ways to finance your ADU

If you are wondering what is the best way to finance your ADU, here is a chart from an experienced mortgage broker that should help you out. There is no simple way to finance an ADU, most people use several solutions to get to the finish line. And it is always a variable between yourContinue reading “Ways to finance your ADU”

Questions for contractor’s reference

What are the right question to ask your contractor’s previous client (reference)? If you think that it is not necessary to talk to previous clients, think again. If you think that you are making the contractor uncomfortable, don’t. Most of the time you can get away with one question – would you hire this contractorContinue reading “Questions for contractor’s reference”