Is it feasible to build a new backyard cottage

DADU The King Residence

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.

The 'feasibility study' process:

1

CONTACT ME

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 one, within our service area and two, it will tell us what building 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.

2

CONSULTATION

After booking, you will receive an invoice for $375, for a consultation at your project site.  Where and how big can you build?  We'll find that out and more!  With my half hour of prior research on your property and your consultation time, you will have plenty of information about your home and site and whether or not to move forward with a Feasibility Study.

3

MEASURING

If you decide to move forward, let me know! The next step for planning your DADU is a Feasibility Study ($1950). This starts with an appointment to measure your site for a basic site plan to submit for per-application.  You will also answer some questions about what spaces you would like to fit into your DADU.

4

PLANS

After the basic site plan comes, a preliminary Floor Plan and preliminary Elevation drawings.  Most people know what they want it to look like but not what is allowed or how to make the most of the spaces: Orientation for best sun, views, privacy, how to integrate outdoor space and how to squeeze out every square inch of space!

 

5

PRESENTATION

At your final feasibility design meeting you’ll receive your preliminary drawings and a preliminary budget.  This gives you the information you need to decide whether or not to move ahead with full construction documents and permitting. 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!

6

DECISION DAY

Are you ready to move forward with a building permitting? Are you ready to become a developer?  After you've had time for all this new information to sink in, its time to decide whether a DADU is for you.  Contact me and we'll put together a Design Proposal.  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 build...secure funding."                                                                                                                                               

    Mary C.