California Accessory Dwelling Unit

Accessory Dwelling Unit

In 2016, the California State Legislature responded to the state’s enormous housing crisis by passing a bill that greatly reduces the cost, as well as the difficulty, of establishing a rentable accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in one’s backyard. The bill is mainly aimed at providing a source of low cost dwelling units to a rapidly decreasing supply of living quarters for mid to low income working people. In the Bay Area alone, estimates show that if the legislation encouraged just 10 percent of homeowners to build a second unit the region could gain 150,000 new affordable housing units over time.

The bill’s provisions allow accessory dwelling units in many existing structures without requiring more parking or new utility connections, saving homeowners between $40,000 to $60,000 in utility hook-up fees and installation costs. It also eases requirements for sprinklers and additional parking, and greatly reduces impact fees. 

Reusing unused spaces as small homes can help support families, facilitates intergenerational living, and creates more housing options. If you were thinking of adding a cottage backyard rental for extra income or as a retirement home, this is the perfect time to get started. Our tiny home plans and construction management will deliver your own super energy efficient, environmentally sustainable, building code compliant second unit, saving you thousands of dollars over the cost of separately hiring planners, architects, engineers, and consultants while adding considerable value to your property.

Intended to function as a fully independent accessory dwelling unit, our tiny home design features living, sleeping, dining, and bathing areas. Kitchens are equipped with upright refrigerators, ranges, ventilators, cabinets, and in most cases, dishwashers. Designed to exceed the California Energy Code, tiny homes are outfitted with high efficiency heating and cooling systems, tankless water heaters, “cool roof” technology, super insulation packages, radiant roof barriers, and state-of-the-art sealing techniques, ranking them as some of the most energy efficient structures in the country. 

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