Quick Permit Quick Build

Accessory Structure to Dwelling Unit

We start all projects with a consultation.

For ADUs and additions we research your property and structure and discover your unique challenges. We document what is possible for your specific project and devise a plan to move forward.  Sometimes time and money become paramount to expanding your space.

Quick Permit, Quick Build!

Many times my clients need extra space to use as an office, a studio or they need a seperate space for a guest bedroom and bathroom. This became very common during the pandemic and continues as more people still work from home.  But how do you get something built when permitting takes forever and budgets are tight?  You design for a simple structure that can be permitted via the SFTI permit process.  These types of permits can be approved in 1-2 weeks!

This can include keeping your project under certain size thresholds, going without a kitchen space, and not using it as a full on rental unit. When the space is for an office or for guest to stay, it does not have to be a full dwelling unit.

Make “DADU Decisions”

It begins as a simple accessory structure that can bloom into a full blown dwelling unit. If you plan from the start, and make “DADU decisions”.  This starts with where the unit is placed on the lot. There are different rules for structures depending on what they will be used for. A 2 car garage has different rules then a DADU. It’s the same type of planning you would go through if you had an unfinished basement space in your new home.  If you thought that someday you may be finish the space to make it livable. Whether more space for the house or for a future AADU.

Keep it simple

This fully detached structure has been designed to be easier, faster and less expensive to build but still customizable because there are no interior bearing walls.  It can evolve with your needs over time and as funds allow.

We start with a slab on grade and a simple shaped structure, and an uncomplicated sloped roof. We use all standard lumber, nothing fancy.  The framing strategies used are to keep lumber to a minimum while still meeting all the building and energy codes of a living unit.   The large south facing windows capture as much natural light as possible while the north wall provides air tightness and privacy.  We didn’t forget about storage (inside & out!) and we didn’t forget about the flex spaces and the ‘areas in between’ with the covered outdoor space.

Positioning the studio at the far end of the structure, a bathroom in the middle, and an office space near the entrance, it allows for a simple transformation in the future. The more private studio can become a bedroom and the desk area of the office space (against a plumbing wall) can become a kitchen sink with adjacent kitchen appliances that all open up to the patio or deck entrance. There is a flex space with smaller windows in between the two open areas.  This can be a sitting area or be used for high storage cabinets or more accessible lower storage.

1AD Studio has a pre designed structure that starts as an accessory structure but has all the potential of a DADU.

Detached accessory structures may be permitted via the STFI process.  This is a 1-2 week permit (on a good day) that stands for ‘Subject To Field Inspection’.  Where you place it on your lot can determine the details of what you can and cannot do. Let’s find out if this type of structure is for you!