Is it feasible to build a new backyard cottage


You think your neighborhood is pretty cool, the location, the bars and restaurants and you plan on staying!  

You've heard about backyard cottages and thought about all the ways you might be able to use this type of space; family, friends, guest house, rental potential or maybe a place for you or a loved one to age in place.

1 AD Studio can help you with that. 

We'll talk about your lots potential, the potential for re-using any existing structures, and how your vision can all come together.

But in addition to the fun stuff, we'll talk about building codes, energy codes, land use and other stuff that keeps me up at night. Including stuff that may keep you up at night; costs.



Hit that Book Consultation button at the top of the page and let me know your goals for taking this big step.  Include your address to make sure you are in our service area and we know which jurisdiction your property is located.  The rules are different for each.  You will then be sent an email that includes a link to book your consultation.



After booking, you will receive an invoice for $490.  Where and how big can you build? Is your property in an ECA? What's an ECA? We'll talk about factors which affect cost that have nothing to do with design; sewers, easements, big trees, you know, the un-fun stuff. With my research and the on site consultation, you will have plenty of information about your home and site.



If you decide to move forward, let me know! The next step for planning your DADU is a Feasibility Study ($4,550). This starts with an appointment to measure your site for a basic site plan.  We want to make sure your ideas will meet Land Use requirements.  You will also answer some questions about what spaces you would like to fit into your DADU so nothing is left off the Floor Plan.



After the basic site plan we'll draw a preliminary Floor Plan and preliminary Exterior Elevations (showing the exterior of your cottage) and you will see exactly what is allowed on your site. Your drawings will show orientation for best natural lighting, views, privacy, how to integrate outdoor space and how to squeeze out every square inch of your interior spaces!




At your Feasibility Design Meeting you’ll receive your Schematic drawingsThis gives you the information you need to decide whether or not to move ahead with permitting documents. It also allows you to explain your project to others; such as family members, general contractors and the bank if needed.  It will help you proceed with your cottage with confidence!



Have you sent your Feasibility Drawings to contractors for estimates? Have you determined your funding source? Is the project feasible? Are you ready to move forward with architectural drawings for permitting? Contact me and we'll put together a Design Proposal for your remaining drawings.   Just because you've never done anything like this before doesn't mean it's not possible!

DADU Kitchen Interior

What's your movtivation...

"Initially my motivation for building a DADU was to generate a small income as a short or long term rental that could then serve as a place for me to age in place. So throughout the design and building process I kept my needs in the forefront. Midway through the process my situation changed and now I am living in the DADU full time with intentions of renting out my primary residence.  A good starting point once you decide to funding."                                                                                                                                               

    Mary C.