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Custom SLO Residence

Posted by in Projects | September 15, 2015
Custom SLO Residence

 
This stunning custom built residence is ideally situated on a bluff top setting located in the San Luis Obispo (SLO) area. Complete with numerous amenities including an entrance fountain. Beautifully landscaped.
 
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Accessory Dwelling Units: The Next Big Real Estate Trend

Posted by in Lifestyle | August 15, 2015
Accessory Dwelling Units: The Next Big Real Estate Trend

 

One of our ADU designs, the Santa Cruz Accessory Dwelling Unit with Garage, was selected and featured in a recent Fox News Real Estate article last month alongside a handful of other ADU designs by various firms emphasizing “stylish ADU units that friends and family will beg to stay in.” The article also stated that “ADUs can be eye candy” and “where once municipalities often discouraged ADUs, laws are being amended to encourage them now.” There is no question that cities all across the state are seeing an increase in permit applications for accessory dwelling units as state law and local ordinances are amended to help bring about a solution to the affordable housing shortage. Interest is also expected to grow this year as legislators and local cities continue to propose new, granny flat-friendly policies to accommodate the growing need for affordable housing.

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also commonly referred to as secondary units, in-law suites, granny flats, cottages, guesthouses, and garage apartments, are just a few of the many terms associated with an accessory to a primary residence. ADUs can be anything from a suite above a detached garage, a suite above or below the main residence, or simply a suite attached or detached to or from a main dwelling. In general, they usually have their own entrance, living space, kitchen, and bathroom. Sometimes even a garage or carport may be included much like our Santa Cruz ADU design.

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Featured Accessory Dwelling Unit

Posted by in Projects | July 15, 2015
Featured Accessory Dwelling Unit

 
This project consisted of a 700 square foot backyard studio/accessory dwelling unit to service and compliment the style of the client’s main residence.
 
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Master Planning Your Property

Posted by in Architecture | April 15, 2015
Master Planning Your Property

Site master planning is strategic planning, planning for present needs with an eye toward expansion and the future. 

The First Phase of this Master Plan is probably the least expensive of all the phases shown in this conceptual plan. The reason is that the structure is already there in your garage!

While you’re enjoying the newly created space, you may find a need for your automobiles and/or workshop. Thus, Phase II might be the addition of a new, not 2-car, but 3-car garage to add that extra bonus that newer homes are offering.

Phase III has been indicated as an addition at the rear of the existing residence creating possibly a new Master Bedroom Suite (shown) or additional Bedrooms, or even a “Granny Pad” for those special relatives.

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Popular Rooms to Remodel

Posted by in Lifestyle | March 15, 2015
Popular Rooms to Remodel

 
You’ve just unlocked the equity in your home with a new home equity line of credit and you’re looking at the possibility of remodeling a few rooms or converting the garage space. You’ve even spent the last few months sifting through resources like Houzz, Pintrest, and numerous design magazines in hopes of finding that perfect design idea that compliments the style of your home while still meeting your basic needs. You’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and the task is starting to become a bit time consuming, but you’re determined to stay sane, organized, practical, and patient as you look for ways to transform your home. Sound familiar?

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Why An Accessory Dwelling Unit?

Posted by in Lifestyle | February 15, 2015
Why An Accessory Dwelling Unit?

 
Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also commonly referred to as secondary units, in-law suites, granny flats, cottages, guesthouses, and garage apartments, are just a few of the many terms associated with an accessory to a primary residence. ADUs can be anything from a suite above a detached garage, a suite above or below the main residence, or simply a suite attached or detached to or from a main dwelling. In general, they usually have their own entrance, living space, kitchen, and bathroom. Sometimes even a garage or carport may be included. Regardless of their physical structure, size, or layout, the ADU has become a valuable resource for homeowners alike.

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