City planners in Redwood City are in the beginning stages of making the process of putting a In-Law unit in a single family home a little easier.
As our population on the peninsula ages having a place for extended family to live that is close to loved ones and affordable is becoming a bigger issue. As we try to find ways to care for our parents and keep them close to home making a place for them in our home or in our backyard is becoming the preferred way to go.
Adding one bedroom/one bath units in a basement or open area in a oversized garage is one way to go. It’s usually less expensive and easier to get the city cities approval for one of these options if your home will accommodate the addition.
Adding a cottage or In-Law in your backyard is the more expensive, time consuming and more difficult way to go. Get a cities approval for the plans is very time-consuming, costly and at times frustrating. With all that said, the privacy advantages of having a separate unit makes adding a cottage the most sought after way to add the extra living space.
Finding a contractor, an architect and going through the red tape involved to get your project done is a very daunting process and not for the faint of heart.
A couple of weeks ago I saw a presentation from New Avenue. New Avenue is a company that takes care of the process of building what they like to call accessory dwellings from start to finish.The units appear to be very well thought out and constructed. When done the units will add to the value of your home and give you the added living space for your family member without giving up your privacy.
For more information about in-law units and ideas from New Avenue click HERE