Advantages of building an in-law unit as ADU

TLDR: this is a faster, more flexible solution. 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 homeownersContinue reading “Advantages of building an in-law unit as ADU”

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

There are two extreme points of view in construction – one side thinks change orders are evil, the other calls them a blessing. Why? The first group is worried about being efficient. And about how adding to scope of work delays the job’s completion and makes the schedule go South. The second group takes advantageContinue 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 are thinking of building, spend 8 minutes on this video. Early December we had an event, where the guest speaker was Richard Halsey, a writer, photographer, and the director of the California Chaparral Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational organization dedicated toContinue 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”