Below you will find some answers to popular questions

that we hear at our events.

What would YOU like to know about ADU?

Building without scope of work is a recipe for disaster.

Scope of work in construction is jargon for a recipe. You start building when you have scope of work under control. Doing so without one is a recipe for disaster. And that might be a very expensive mistake when it comes to construction in the Bay Area. (For disclosure, correct scope of work is the reason HomeWiP hadContinue reading “Building without scope of work is a recipe for disaster.”

ADU in the East Bay?

We have just spent an engaging hour with Loni Gray, ADU advisor and Catalyst – she has been helping homeowners add space with ADUs in Oakland and surrounding areas. If you have missed the event, and would like to learn more about Loni, please check out her website. She has also shared a wonderful resourceContinue reading “ADU in the East Bay?”

Is modular construction better?

Have you always wondered if modular construction is an environmentally better option? Building Green has recently did a write up on 13 potential sustainability benefits of modular construction. In case you are wondering, what is Building Green: BuildingGreen, Inc. is an independent, mission-based consultancy and publisher based in Brattleboro, Vermont. For over 20 years, BuildingGreenContinue reading “Is modular construction better?”

Can ADU be 2 stories?

Depends. If it is a detached ADU, and you have a two story main house, then the answer is likely YES! If the main house is one story, then the answer is now, but a loft space might be possible – depending on the maximum allowed height in your municipality.

The guru of ADU land

If one could name just one ADU advocate, it will definitely be Kol Peterson. The resource that he had collected over the years is incredible. He is thorough. His advice on planning is 10 steps. The best part: Take your time with the design. Go back and forth with your designer and your builder, andContinue reading “The guru of ADU land”

Resource: AARP on ADU

It is no surprise that AARP is an avid supporter of ADUs. After all, AARP’s mission is to empower people to choose how they live as they age. They have collected an impressive resource on the subject. In case you are wondering, AARP stands for the American Association of Retired Persons.

San Jose is pioneering remote video inspections!

Read details here. But projects that qualify for Remote Video Inspection include: 1)  Air conditioning replace or add 2)  Main Water Service Replacement 3)  Furnace Replacement 4)  Sanitary Sewer Replacement 5)  Water Heater Replacement 6)  Property Line Sewer Cleanouts 7)  Re-Roofs 8)  Simple Bathroom Remodels Without Architectural Modifications 9)  Simple Kitchen Remodels Without Architectural ModificationsContinue reading “San Jose is pioneering remote video inspections!”

ADU viewed from Los Altos Hills

Los Altos Hills town leaders have to abide by State ADU regulations. But they have discovered a way to ultimately get what they want: offer incentives for adhering to original town planning regulations.  If adopted in May, a new ordinance introduced at the latest city council meeting will provide increased building height and additional floorContinue reading “ADU viewed from Los Altos Hills”

Los Altos take on ADU

Los Altos has been working to adept ADU regulations to the local situation. The amendments to the city’s original ADU ordinance are needed to bring the code into compliance. The commission is scheduled to further discuss the potential changes at its May 7 meeting. The local newspaper has covered the news . In case youContinue reading “Los Altos take on ADU”


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