WHAT IS INCLUDED OR EXCLUDED?
A.Included in each of our OHOMEs are plans and engineering for our standard models; assembly (within California); healthy building materials; energy efficient wall and roof assemblies; low energy use lighting; heating; cooling; and appliances.
Excluded from each of our OHOMES, but available at additional expense are the costs of any foundation or additional building engineering; site prep and site utilities; grading and drainage; delivery costs; temporary facilities; trash/recycling removal fees; site improvements (sidewalks, patios or irrigations, landscaping, driveways, and garages and/or carports. Additionally, the customer pays all public agency fees. The estimated costs listed above are subject to revision based on each individual project. A cost estimate and formal written proposal will be provided for each client, as requested.
WHAT IS A BACKYARD HOME?
It is a small home on the same grounds as a single family home. Maximum sizes range from 300 square feet to 1200 square feet depending on ordinances of the city or county where the main home is located. These types of homes are commonly referred to as in-law units, granny flats or cottages. California state law encourages the construction of backyard homes, or “secondary dwelling units.”
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ADDING A SECOND HOME TO MY LOT?
The second home has numerous benefits. It is a popular living arrangement for aging parents, who can move in with their children yet still maintain a feeling of independence (and privacy). It can be used for nannies or caregivers, or for young adults returning home. The unit can also be used to generate rental income. As multigenerational housing is becoming more accepted in our communities, secondary homes are becoming more prevalent. Realtors report that having a second unit increases the value of your home.
WHAT ARE THE REGULATIONS FOR THE CITY OF NAPA FOR A BACKYARD UNIT?
According to the Municipal Code 17.52.020 Accessory structures and use, including second units (residential districts) – The height of the unit can be the same as the principal dwelling. Setbacks must be the same as the principal dwelling. The size can be up to 640 square feet, and one parking space provided per bedroom covered or uncovered on-site in addition to the main dwelling. The parking requirement can be waived under request and review. The property owner must occupy one of the units. If a city lot is larger than 20,000 square feet, a 900 square foot secondary unit is the maximum allowed, with Planning Commission design review.
WHAT ARE THE REGULATIONS FOR THE COUNTY OF NAPA FOR A BACKYARD UNIT?
The size can be up to 1200 square feet on lots located in these zoning districts: AW (Agricultural Watershed); RC (Residential Country); and RS (Residential Single) – minimum of 8,000 sq. ft. buildable land required. The unit should be located within 500 feet of the main unit, have a maximum height of 15 feet and be one level. The property must meet the minimum lot area requirements with regard to water and sewer requirements from the Deptartment of Environmental Management. Two parking spaces must be provided for each living unit on the parcel.
I WANT ONE! – WHAT DO WE DO FIRST?
- Contact the county or city to find out if your lot qualifies for a secondary dwelling unit… most do! If yours does, please ask for a preliminary fee schedule. These are the fees you will pay for building, sewer, school and other public agency fees.
- Determine your budget; will you be paying all cash or need a loan? We can assist you with finding a loan for your new backyard home.
- Contact us and we will help determine the best OHOME solution to meet your needs, and to answer any of your questions. Let’s get started!