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

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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 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.

Each class meeting will include digital "handouts" with helpful resources, and 30 minutes 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.

This class will occur live in the Zoom virtual classroom. You will receive a link to join the live session in your registration confirmation email, following registration.

Class Details

2 Sessions
Weekly - Sat


Jamileh Cannon 



Please read:  This class will occur live in the Zoom virtual classroom. You will receive a link to join the live session in your registration confirmation email, following registration. Your registration confirmation can also be found by logging into your profile and viewing “Current Registrations”.

First time attending a virtual classroom class?
  • No Zoom account necessary! You’ll be receiving a password-encrypted link to enter your class, which will prompt you to download the Zoom software or join directly from your favorite web browser. Just one click, and you’ll be taken straight to your virtual classroom, no extra log-in required.
  • Want some tips and support? Check out the Zoom “Getting Started” page for technical support.
  • Check in early! Your instructor will “open” the classroom 15 minutes prior to the start time of the class. Students are encouraged to join early, so class can begin on time.
  • Join with your name. All students must be admitted by the instructor, who will be comparing against the class roster. Please enter the name you used at registration to join the Zoom meeting; you may use just your first name and last initial, if you would prefer. Note that if you are logged in to the Zoom software on your computer, your name cannot be changed until you are admitted to the classroom - try logging out if you’re having trouble.
  • Turn on your camera! If you have a webcam, we recommend turning it on so that your teacher and fellow students can see you, and you can see them. Nonverbal feedback is so important to human connection, and makes the virtual classroom feel more like the brick and mortar one. The camera button is the the bottom left corner of Zoom.
  • Consider your background. If possible, try to keep a neutral space behind you, like a wall or curtain. If you don’t have one available, try out the Virtual Background option to keep your personal space, personal.
  • Mute and Unmute! We’re all navigating the realities of sheltering in place, and your environment may be noisy. It’s good practice to mute your microphone while you’re not speaking - just don’t forget to unmute when you’d like to speak! You can find the mute/unmute button in the bottom left corner of Zoom.
  • Need to get your teacher’s attention? Use the nonverbal feedback tools to raise your hand! Click on “Participants” on the bottom bar of Zoom to find the “Raise Hand” button.
  • Chat and ask questions. Click on “Chat” on the bottom bar of Zoom to open the chat window. You can type a question into the chat window to get answered later, discuss with your fellow students, or respond to your instructor.
  • Don’t forget to log out! Once class is over, be sure to close out of the meeting platform entirely by clicking the “Leave Meeting” button.
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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
10/10/2020 - 10/17/2020 Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Off Campus, Extension@Home  Map, Room: Zoom Virtual Classroom Jamileh Cannon