Newport Beach, Newport Coast, California
Conceptual Design Video
As prices increase at a rate much higher than we’ve ever experienced you might expect that residential construction, home renovations and remodeling might take a back seat and begin to slow. Although, this is partly true there is something else we are beginning to hear from our clients. Homeowners are recognizing that putting their savings into their home is one way of protecting their assets from a bearish market. They seem to be trusting the stability of their home value over stocks, bonds and other investments more and more. Of course, this is not the only motivating factor. Most of our clients have a primary goal of enlarging their home for needed space or returning parents to the safety of the family home.
It is, however, noteworthy that during the recession that hit in 2008 we experienced the same hesitation by homeowners to launch larger projects. Since loft additions and other high ceiling conversion projects are smaller investments that gain square footage quickly we continued to grow through 2009 to 2012 while other categories of construction were in decline. Then between 2013 and 2016 we experienced a noticeable increase in new projects due to what we feel was pent up demand. 2017-2020 were growth years due to a health economy. We are merely sharing our experience in the California market. Our conclusions are not based on any statewide or official market data, but on our direct experiences in serving homeowners, home buyers, remodelers, and general contractors.
As we enter into 2023 the future may have a higher level of uncertainty once again, but one thing is for sure; people still have growing families, they still want to bring parents and loved ones closer to home when the time calls, and we are still being asked to prepare architect and engineer plans for their home improvement projects.
Being informed is always a good thing. Whether you are considering a home renovation, remodel or room addition now or sometime in the future, getting a planning estimate is always the first step. We can also help you get construction quotes by licensed general contractors as well.
Courtyard by Marriott
Orange County, California
On Wednesday July 20, 2002 TRUPLANS INC hosted the first Executive Vision Luncheon for industry professionals to review the expansion plans for TRULOFT (loft addition) markets as well as the new TRUSPEC-ADU brand of pre-spec accessory dwelling units.
Keynote speaker, Chris Doering, CEO of TRUPLANS INC, presents the corporate branding strategy for expanding the loft addition niche services across the entire state of California. In attendance are industry professionals, engineers, designers, general contractors, vendors and real estate agents/brokers from 12 different corporations.
If you’re a homeowner looking to create a separate space from your home for a mother-in-law
suite, workspace, or rental opportunity, building an accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, may be the
perfect option. The potential uses and benefits of an ADU are endless, but building one can be
difficult with every city having its own zoning restrictions, HOA regulations, and building laws.
Laws surrounding ADUs from San Francisco, CA are completely different from the laws in
To give you some clarity, we asked ADU experts to share their best tips and tricks that will help
you successfully build an ADU. Keep reading to see what they had to say.
1) Make sure your property is suitable for an ADU
In addition to ensuring your ADU design can be built within your budget, you also need to
ensure your property is suitable for the ADU. The first step in determining where the ADU can
be built is to understand local ADU regulations, including setbacks, zoning, and HOA
requirements. Work with an experienced contractor to understand what will be required to
create a "buildable pad" for your ADU, as these site work costs are the most variable element of
the construction project. - Snap ADU
2) Build on your own property
If you already own the property, the land is already priced in. Meaning, if you were looking for an
investment property (like a lot to build multifamily or finished units on) you would have to pay a
premium for the land by itself. Land in central Oregon and in all different parts of the country is
at an all-time high. So why not invest in building an ADU on land you already own? Building an
ADU on your own property can give you more bang for your buck. - ADU Advice
3) Hire professional help
It can be chilling to start the process of building an ADU. It’s always better to hire local experts
to plan and build your ADU. This goes for architects, contractors, designers, and real estate
agents. Make sure you find a local contractor who specializes in accessory dwelling units. -
4) Utilize standardized plans
In addition to prefab or custom ADU options, there is a third overlooked technique known as
pre-spec. It stands for pre-specified which gives you some of the prefab benefits in planning,
selection, and cost savings, yet it is still customizable to satisfy differing city requirements and
HOA guidelines. Similar to the way tract homes are packaged and standardized, pre-spec ADUs
can offer a variety of elevation options for adapting to the architecture of an existing
residence/community. - TruPlans ADU
5) Consider building an attached ADU
Many people think of ADUs as separate detached units or garage conversions, but ADUs can
also be attached to a home or existing garage. This option preserves yard space, allows for
more square footage, and eliminates the cost of solar, which is required for most detached
ADUs in California. - Superior ADUs
6) Calculate your potential ROI
One of the most compelling pros of owning and renting out an ADU is having a portion of your
mortgage covered by a renter, yet retaining the capital appreciation that makes this a tax-
efficient investment, all while increasing the housing supply. I founded ADUROI to help others
evaluate the potential return on investment when adding an ADU. For example: In 2018, if I paid
$730k for a single-family home, invested an additional $130k to convert the garage into an ADU
then as of today, the rent from the ADU generated a 51% ROI. - ADUROI
7) Save money with a panelized ADU builder
ADUs don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Between choosing an architect, contractors,
financing, drafting plan sets, and securing permits - it adds up fast. You could pay half the cost
of a traditional stick-built ADU by hiring a panelized ADU builder. Your ADU will look like your
primary home, quality will be high, and the ADU could be completed on-site in 30 days. -
Conrad Kimball, Co-Founder of ADU Works
8) Check if your state has ADU design restrictions
Because ADUs are based on California state law, local jurisdictions are limited in their ability to
require design review for these projects as compared to any other project type. As long as the
structure is no taller than the existing main house and is generally similar in style and material to
the existing structure, months of design review hearings and costs associated with that effort
are saved. To understand how this applies to your particular project, feel free to get in touch. -
Bildsten Architecture and Planning Inc.
9) Do your research and ask yourself important questions
Make sure there are no pending liens or pre-sale inspection steps you missed during escrow. If
you miss things, you can probably still build an ADU or convert existing space into an ADU, but
it may require that you move on the city's timeline which may be faster or slower than you had
anticipated. When converting existing space into an ADU, check permits to see if the space is
already legal or not. It may be legal when it comes to square footage, but not legal to be used
as a living space. Checking permits will allow you to finish the project quicker and may lead to a
lower total cost. Finally, always analyze the cost-benefit before you start. Ask yourself questions
like, what is the total payment of all cash used to create ADU vs estimated monthly rent? Am I
cash flow positive? Is that cash flow worth it to me to lose privacy and parking? How long will it
take to recoup my investment? Could investing funds in a different project give me better
returns? These are all important questions to ask before you decide to build an ADU. - IET Real
10) Evaluate the pros of building an ADU
Building an ADU is one of the smartest business decisions a homeowner can make. If the ADU
is built for a loved one with special needs, they are a much less expensive alternative to a care
facility. Alternatively, several clients have been able to pay for their ADU or backyard home and
their mortgage with the additional income generated by renting their ADU. - CA Backyard
11) Decide whether to build an ADU or buy an existing one
We recommend you purchase a home that has the option of building an ADU. Building an ADU
can cost anywhere from $80k to $200k. But if you factor in the rents you will get, the payoff is
amazing and can pay for itself in 5-10 years, depending on your rents. Keen on buying an
existing ADU? Do it, it will assist you to open the doors to spend a little more money on a home
and have the cushion of added rents to cover your mortgage. Both options are a win-win. -
Monique Carrabba Carrabba Group | Compass Beverly Hills
12) Experience vs. experiment
Many builds using a variety of prefab methods have taught me that making all the decisions
upfront makes the cost to build very predictable such that the contract price is the actual price.
Experience is necessary to see all the items needed on the front end. While this may not give
you the best quote price, an experienced builder can validate that price through previous clients.
Great solutions come from companies with a range of products that fit every size, need, and
price range - from full builds to some DIY options. - prefab ADU
13) Be thoughtful with design
ADUs make a great space for an in-law suite for aging parents by providing privacy, more
independent living, and more space, all while keeping those you love close by. Make sure your
design consideration allows for graceful aging - larger doorways for easier movement, curbless
showers for ease of use, and induction cooktops for safe cooking. - Third Street Architecture
14) Have your septic system checked
Your current septic system may not be able to handle the increase in discharge from your new
ADU. It’s best to have a professional from your county’s health department check your existing
system to understand if it can handle the ADU or if a new unit is required. If a new unit is
required, it may be different from your existing system as regulations often change and become
more stringent - Acuantia
Originally published on Redfin.com
Inflation NOT Transitory, Supply Line Issues NOT What You Think.
As a planning company with anywhere from 30-50 projects in our pipeline at any given time, we have a pretty good pulse on the heartbeat, or flatline, in the market. Right now there is no flat line. These are our observations from a planning and construction point of view.
Bullet Point Briefs;
San Clemente, California
Orange County Room Additions
Garage Conversion in San Clemente showing the outside look of the conversion. Garage door replaced with windows and new header height to match existing home.
Yorba Linda, California
Room additions and Home Remodeling
If you have a pool that is used frequently by your family and guests this outdoor bathroom (accessible from outside only) is a way to divert the wet foot traffic into your house. This pool bath with shower and inside/outside shower heads should at least be on your wish list.
Yorba Linda, California
Orange County Patio Cover
Outdoor kitchen, patio cover, teppan-yaki grill, beautiful counter tops, covered roof with outdoor area heaters. This is a perfect outdoor space for family gatherings while keeping the cooking outside.
Mission Viejo, California
Orange Country Room Additions
This is a rear two story room addition with master bedroom seating area above and outdoor loggia space below.
Seating area has glass down to the floor. The California room below is outdoor living space with decorative wall insets in the stucco wall.