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:



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 within our service area and let us know what building jurisdiction you are in.  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 $375, for a 2-hour consultation at your project site.  What are you allowed to build and how big? We'll find out!  With my prior research and your 2-hour consultation, you will have plenty of information about your home and site and whether or not to move forward with a Feasibility Study.



If you decide to move forward, let me know! The next step of planning for a DADU, is drawing up a some preliminary plans to submit for pre-application. This will cost $1,950 and you will be invoiced at that time. We will set up a measure appointment for the site and your home.  Then it's time to see what your property can support!



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




At your design meeting you’ll receive a preliminary budget, plans, and Land Use submission (depending on your jurisdiction).  This starts to make your project real and gives you information and drawings to explain your project to others; such as family members, contractors and the bank if needed.



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 an ADU/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 funding."                                                                                                                                               

    Mary C.