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This New York Times Opinion piece claims the housing market is definitely changing and we wholeheartedly agree. The multigenerational living trend is real, and so is California's unrelenting housing crisis. While building a new Next Gen home is an exciting trend giving rise to the new American Dream Home, so is the California landscape that is relaxing ADU restrictions on existing properties... Read More

Green construction was once a cool trend— thankfully, it's now becoming the norm. In the latest construction surveys run by the National Association of Home Builders and Dodge Data & Analytics, at least one-third of multiple-family and single-family home builders report that green construction constitutes at least 60 percent of their design portfolio. Those numbers are expected to grow rapidly over the next few years, especially taking into consideration Northern California's Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) boom... Read More

Northern California is seeing a boom in accessory dwelling unit (ADU) construction. Local and state laws have made them a more feasible option for families and individuals seeking solutions to the long-standing housing crunch here. Before you jump into an ADU project at your home, however, it's critical to understand the local housing codes, what you need, and what makes the most sense long-term for your ADU. For example, one of the most pressing design questions you might face boils down to whether you intend to use your ADU for extra rental income, or as a guest house—or whether you want a space flexible enough to morph between both situations. If you're grappling with these questions in Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, San Jose, Sunnyvale and the surrounding areas, consider these ADU design essentials—as a Guest House compared to a source for Rental Income... Read More

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