OWNER BUILDER 

How to build an ADU as an owner-builder

STEP 0

ADU MASTERGUIDE

This is an overview of the entire process when building an ADU. Please use the ADU Masterguide for full details of the construction process

STEP 1

Building and Safety

Call your local building and safety and find out if the city will allow the homeowner to convert the garage into an ADU. This is a free service offered by your local building and safety

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STEP 2

DESIGNER

Get in contact with a Designer and get started on drawing plans for the ADU. A good designer will take care of the entire process for the homeowner. The designer should deal with the city, and the homeowner's job is to relax and wait for the plans to be approved. Get in contact with Natalie if you need someone to help with ADU plans. 

STEP 3

APPROVED 
PLANS

Once the plans are approved, the homeowner will need to pay for the city and permit fees. Fees will vary in cost depending on the city. Fees for new construction will be expencive

STEP 3

BIDS

It's best to wait until the plans are approved to get bids from contractors or subcontractors. With plans on hand, the homeowner has the power to review bids from multiple contractors. Without plans on hand, the contractor's bid will not be accurate. 

STEP 4 

Review Bids for Framing, Plumbing, Electrical

The most expensive and difficult sections of building an ADU are Framing, Plumbing, and Electrical. Consider hiring a Subcontractor with ADU experience. By working with a contractor with ADU experience the homeowner will eliminate a horror scenario.

HOW TO VERIFY A CONTRACTORS LICENSE

Bids should include the contractor's license in their initial estimate. Visit The Department of  Consumer Affairs Contractors State License Board to verify the current status of the contractor license.

CONTRACTOR WITH ADU EXPERIANCE

We highly recommend working with subcontractors with ADU experience. This one critical step will eliminate headaches for the homeowner, especially if building an ADU as an owner-builder. Licensed subcontractors are bonded therefore if anything happens to workers on the property, the  contractors bond be liable, not the homeowner. 

STEP 5

1ST Inspection

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STEP 6

Construction timeline

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1ST Inspection

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STEP 7

Tittle 24 HERS Test

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STEP 8 

Check list 

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STEP 9

Final Inspection

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STEP 10

Certificate of Occupancy

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