College child move back home? In-laws at an age where they need a new living situation? Friends need a temporary (or not so temporary) place to crash? There are many reasons a renovation in your future; we have 3 steps to take before you actually start knocking down walls and placing out the welcome mat.
Step #1: Assess the Essential Amenities
What are the built-in amenities that you want in the newly redesigned space? Yes- you want your new guests (and you) to be comfortable for their long stay but perhaps not too comfortable where they never want to leave! Maybe you need to create a private bathroom so they aren’t walking around your home in boxers in the middle of the night. Maybe you want to add a kitchen so they don’t “eat you out of house and home”. Maybe you want to extend your central air to the new location. Along with the short term (or perhaps long term) vision of the anticipated guests, you will also want to consider which of these amenities add value to your home. Likewise, which of the amenities is legal to add to the location (ex. In NY you can not add a stove just anywhere). I would encourage you to first contact a professional to help you plan.
Step #2: Plan Where to Put the New Place
Have a basement that is filled with forgotten, unused items? Perhaps a garage that holds everything but your car? Maybe your child’s room is frozen in time with Care bears and dolls despite the fact she has a family (and home) of her own. You need to figure out a location that will be a good fit for the anticipated visitors. You will want to consider a variety of options. You will want to decide if the location should be detached or attached to your current home… maybe you don’t want your mother-in-law listening in on your arguments with a cup up to the wall. Maybe you have spaces you are currently using, but this would force you to remove the excess. Professionals have seen it all and would be able to help you think outside the box; they might suggest a location your otherwise would have overlooked.
Step #3: Draw It Up with a Design Team
Having a design team on board can help you enjoy the process of renovating without the unexpected items that might otherwise be overlooked. Design teams have the tools, knowledge and experience to ensure a smooth process. The better you plan, the more likely you are to avoid mistakes. From quotes to permits, we know the how and who to make your project a success.
If you’re ready to design an ADU that exceeds all expectations, reach out to us. We can’t wait to hear about your project!