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10 years ago I stumbled across a type of housing that would change my life forever. As a partner in a small development company we built our first Granny Unit and it opened my eyes to a product so desperately needed by families throughout the state. Today, Backyard Homes are the main product I design and build and this blog is about bringing that information to you, both good and bad.

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Today we broke ground on a new Secondary Living unit project in Walnut Creek.  This client wanted a space for their mother to occupy, but were also thinking about their long term goals for the property as they consider their retirement plans.  We designed a 700sqft home that will be placed directly to the right of their Ranch style home that is large enough for their mother and addresses future hadicap issues, but also could be used for the owners should they decide to move into the unit.  

The secondary or future use came about during the design.  While were going through the approval process, one of their neighbors converted a 400sqft portion of their home into a studio and is now renting that space for about $1300/mo.  You could imagine what this meant to our client and their project as they pondered this possible income generator during their retirement years.  When they are ready to retire they can rent out the second unit for more than $1800/mo. while they stay in the main home or they can rent out the main home for almost three times that amount while they live in the second unit.   How many of you have a plan that doubles or triples your retirement benefits?    

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Original rendering

It’s always fun to complete a project and turn the home over to the new owner.  I also love to look back and see how close the actual home came to the intital rendereing.  I think this home looks better that the rendering!  We’re working on getting the complete home shoot up on the website along with the virtual tour, but for now I thought I would show you some photos and a link to the video tour I shot last week.

Youtube video shoot of new Backyard Home

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