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Guest House or Casita? California Streamlines ADU Requirements

The trending accessory isn’t handbags and briefcases with today’s Baby Boomers. It’s Accessory Dwelling Units or ADUs that increase living options for an ever-changing homeowner. Equipped with a full kitchen and bathroom, ADUs [many considered guest houses or casitas] can quickly and affordably accommodate the many facets of dynamic lifestyles. Whether welcoming an elderly parent, choosing to age in place, transitioning a college graduate to independent living, or seeking a reliable source of rental income, ADUs are as versatile as the needs they fulfill. Such attached or detached options can also satisfy lifelong dreams of owning an artist’s studio, a cardio room or that high-tech space for the next life-changing enterprise.

Affordability is an added benefit to ADUs, as they do not require paying extra for the land on which they’re constructed. They can provide private living space for couples, guests, students and seniors, as a full-time living option or weekend stay-and-play choice in Southern California and elsewhere. In fact, California’s recent legislative changes allow ADUs in both single-family and multi-family zones to address myriad affordable and housing inventory needs throughout the state.

ADU Kitchen
California SB1069 SB 229 AB 494

In 2016, California passed statewide ADU reform in SB 1069, later modified in 2017 by SB 229 and AB 494. These laws require cities to:

  • Permit one ADU per single-family home
  • Streamline ADU permitting by using a ministerial rather than discretionary process
  • Set utility fees in proportion to the burden of the ADU and reduce them for ADUs built inside the main house
  • Waive parking requirements for ADUs located within a half-mile radius of a transit stop or within a block of a car-share; for ADUs built inside the existing primary house that don’t involve additions; and for ADUs in historic districts.
  • Otherwise require no more than one parking space per ADU, and allow that space to be tandem
  • Waive requirements for “passageways”—a commonly required ten-foot-wide, open walkway from sidewalk to ADU
  • Allow zero setbacks for existing garages converted ADUs, and five-foot side and rear setbacks for ADUs above garages
  • Cap ADU floor space to 1,200 square feet for detached ADUs (backyard cottages); 1,200 square feet or 50 percent of house size, whichever is less, for an attached ADU that involves an addition to the main house; and no size limit for ADUs built entirely inside existing houses.

Evidence of their practical and creative uses is the fact that California led the nation in ADUs built in the first half of 2018, a result of forward-thinking legislators that have streamlined the construction process. Local leaders in Indio, Palm Desert and La Quinta have amended their respective ADU policies to reflect the state’s, paving the way for further construction by local ADU experts in the Coachella Valley.

This has strong appeal among the nation-leading nine million Baby Boomers in California with the last of this generation turning 65 just 10 short years from now.  ADUs will become increasingly popular and necessary to offer support to the adult children of Boomers, known for their statistically-top position for doing so.

RBC Construction is a third-generation, California home builder and innovative remodeler, providing a complete range of construction services from kitchen/bath remodels to room additions and total home remodels. The company’s commitment to be straightforward and transparent, ensuring that a project is on time and within budget, is what drives its passion for perfection in turning a client’s dreams into reality.

Guest House or Casita? California Streamlines ADU Requirements

ADU Kitchen

The trending accessory isn’t handbags and briefcases with today’s Baby Boomers. It’s Accessory Dwelling Units or ADUs that increase living options for an ever-changing homeowner. Equipped with a full kitchen and bathroom, ADUs [many considered guest houses or casitas] can quickly and affordably accommodate the many facets of dynamic lifestyles. Whether welcoming an elderly parent, choosing to age in place, transitioning a college graduate to independent living, or seeking a reliable source of rental income, ADUs are as versatile as the needs they fulfill. Such attached or detached options can also satisfy lifelong dreams of owning an artist’s studio, a cardio room or that high-tech space for the next life-changing enterprise.

Affordability is an added benefit to ADUs, as they do not require paying extra for the land on which they’re constructed. They can provide private living space for couples, guests, students and seniors, as a full-time living option or weekend stay-and-play choice in Southern California and elsewhere. In fact, California’s recent legislative changes allow ADUs in both single-family and multi-family zones to address myriad affordable and housing inventory needs throughout the state.

California SB1069 SB 229 AB 494

In 2016, California passed statewide ADU reform in SB 1069, later modified in 2017 by SB 229 and AB 494. These laws require cities to:

  • Permit one ADU per single-family home
  • Streamline ADU permitting by using a ministerial rather than discretionary process
  • Set utility fees in proportion to the burden of the ADU and reduce them for ADUs built inside the main house
  • Waive parking requirements for ADUs located within a half-mile radius of a transit stop or within a block of a car-share; for ADUs built inside the existing primary house that don’t involve additions; and for ADUs in historic districts.
  • Otherwise require no more than one parking space per ADU, and allow that space to be tandem
  • Waive requirements for “passageways”—a commonly required ten-foot-wide, open walkway from sidewalk to ADU
  • Allow zero setbacks for existing garages converted ADUs, and five-foot side and rear setbacks for ADUs above garages
  • Cap ADU floor space to 1,200 square feet for detached ADUs (backyard cottages); 1,200 square feet or 50 percent of house size, whichever is less, for an attached ADU that involves an addition to the main house; and no size limit for ADUs built entirely inside existing houses.

Evidence of their practical and creative uses is the fact that California led the nation in ADUs built in the first half of 2018, a result of forward-thinking legislators that have streamlined the construction process. Local leaders in Indio, Palm Desert and La Quinta have amended their respective ADU policies to reflect the state’s, paving the way for further construction by local ADU experts in the Coachella Valley.

This has strong appeal among the nation-leading nine million Baby Boomers in California with the last of this generation turning 65 just 10 short years from now.  ADUs will become increasingly popular and necessary to offer support to the adult children of Boomers, known for their statistically-top position for doing so.

RBC Construction is a third-generation, California home builder and innovative remodeler, providing a complete range of construction services from kitchen/bath remodels to room additions and total home remodels. The company’s commitment to be straightforward and transparent, ensuring that a project is on time and within budget, is what drives its passion for perfection in turning a client’s dreams into reality.

Meet President/CEO Ron Bierma

Ron Bierma, President/CEO

Ron’s construction career began by pushing a wheelbarrow at age eight. He worked as a laborer in 1995 for his dad, demolishing, cleaning and eventually framing and siding. Upon graduation from high school, Ron worked for a grading company gaining experience on large housing tracts and commercial properties. He learned to operate everything from a small skip loader to a large bulldozer, followed by work at an underground pipeline company installing the main sewer, water, storm drain and underground electrical that supply large housing tracts and commercial buildings.

Ron then turned his attention to the Coachella Valley, where he framed custom homes in BIGHORN, Big Horn Canyons, The Vintage Club, Toscana Country Club and The Reserve Club, ranging from 6,000 to 20,000 sq. ft.  He then advanced to a superintendent for a builder in BIGHORN, where he was project manager for the construction of custom homes and the Bighorn Canyons Steakhouse.

Ron at RBC was amazing. He built our family a beautiful outdoor entertainment pavilion.Ron was able to take our dream and make it reality. His workmanship is top quality. We continue to get compliments daily from friends and neighbors. Ron was always friendly, punctual and maintained communication. We will definitely use him for all our projects.  Thanks RBC for making our dream come true.  – Lisa & Steve Buenting

Soon thereafter, Ron pursued his own license in 2008 with the advantage of gaining the full range of experience from the raw land to move-in; giving him an edge over contractors working a single trade. He is also licensed in Arizona.

Ron believes in providing value to his clients, and stands by his word, ensuring that promises are fulfilled. He takes pride in each project and satisfied client, as they will sustain the longevity of RBC Construction.  The challenge to complete projects that many others forego is also readily accepted by Ron and his team at RBC Construction.

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2019-05-09T15:00:40-07:00May 9th, 2019|Categories: Construction & Remodel News|Tags: , , , |
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