2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back

Okay, it has been way too long since the last (and only) post, there is so much to update, that I won’t be going into great detail this time, just to save me some time.

  1. We applied for, and received, a Building Code Appeal which allows us to modify our ADU construction because we are going to build within the 5′ setback of the North property line. Essentially, we need to build a fire wall with fire rated materials.
  2. We finalized the design of the ADU. After several rounds of design with our architect, we have a very close to final design. We’re pretty excited about it (but it could be changing, see the Land Use Adjustment below).

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  3. We’ve had numerous conversations with contractors. Here’s the take away: 1) They are all super busy and 2) this is going to cost more than we were hoping.
  4. To start preparing for the eventual garage tear down, we have started to clean up the garage by tossing and recycling as much as we can. The tools from the garage have (mostly) made their way into the basement workshop, new tool bench included. Part of the garage clean up will also be to build a potting/tool shed and a bicycle shed.
  5. And yes, the Land Use Adjustment. This is a $2000 application and process to appeal to the city that we would like to build the ADU within the 5′ property line set back. There is quite a bit of documentation that our architect amassed to submit the application – the process and approval is also quite involved – taking upwards to 90 days. We have received several initial comments from the city reviewer in charge of our application, she has expressed serious concerns over the approvability of our design. Essentially, the dormer on the north side is a concern because it raises the height of the building to almost 2 stories. Secondly, the dormer is in view from the street, another red flag apparently.

So, where does that leave us? Our architect is going to talk to the city reviewer to get a read on where there are really sticking points and where we might be able to slide through. Either way, we are looking at a design change. That could mean a smaller dormer or it could mean no dormer at all.

We are still very much excited about building and having an ADU on our property, that’s what we need to keep in our long term vision.