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ADUs, Granny Units, and Other Small Spaces - Design, Costs, and Construction

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ClassGraphic Starting January 1, 2020, new state laws went into effect making it even easier to construct ADUs, and Santa Cruz County code has been updated to comply with the new state laws. In this workshop you will learn about these recent changes, as well as zoning, code analysis, design concepts, and ideas for making small spaces work.

Whether you are starting with a bare patch of land, or an empty garage, this info-packed workshop will cover the basics for homeowners who want to create a livable Accessory Dwelling Unit - aka ADU. Jamileh and the Workbench team will discuss:
  • How to determine ADU feasibility, and a general timeframe for the entire process. 
  • Nuts and bolts lessons on what to expect during each phase of the process, and how to avoid common pitfalls.
  • Options for value engineering, and ways you can save money during design and construction.

The workbench team will provide handouts with helpful resources, and there will be time for Q & A. By the end of class you will have a clear idea of how to get started, ways to determine what you may be able to build or afford, and steps you can take to create a workable plan.

There will be a short mid-day break, so please be sure to bring lunch.

Class Details

1 Session(s)
Weekly - Sat

Aptos Main Campus

Jamileh Cannon 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/24/2022 - 9/24/2022 Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM Aptos, Aptos Main Campus  Map, Room: 608 Jamileh Cannon