Backyard Home Pro Blog

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.


Owner Steve Vallejos

My name is Steve Vallejos and I am the owner of Valley Home Development, a small Development Company based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I am a licensed General Contractor and have been designing and building homes for the past 10 years.   

As a partner in a previous contracting firm I designed a “Granny Unit” that we built as our very first project.  Little did I know, that first project would become a career changing experience for me.  During the BOOM period of the early 2000’s I designed and built homes on hillsides, flat lots and even small subdivisions, but there was always an in-law unit project going on as well.  In 2003 I was introduced to Factory Built housing and fell in love with the idea of building faster and saving people money while delivering a consistent product.

The last few years have been challenging for the building industry to say the least.  While all the large developments we were working on fell apart due to lack of financing, millions of homeowners were being displaced due to the massive foreclosure mess.  This coupled with the first wave of baby boomers reaching retirement lit a path for us that has been the one shinning part of the building industry, BACKYARD HOMES!

This blog is about everything that small home living encompasses.  I have spent the better part of the last 5 years learning about building small homes, but more importantly learning about family and what it means today.  I hope to use this blog to share with you the real reason people ask us to help them with their housing issues and the outcome of each adventure.  We’ll also look at the demons this niche building solution faces in zoning regulations and fees that sometimes impede the process of allowing homeowners to build their Secondary Living Units and the methods we use to overcome those efforts to block them.  After all, this is your right as a propoerty owner and the state agrees, thats why they passed Assembly Bill AB1866.