Spanish bungalow gets an ADU fit for its L.A. roots

Like many tech workers, Jing Guo and Gabriel Taylor Russ left Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic in search of warmer weather. “We were working remotely,” Guo says of their move to the Bay Area. “We thought, ‘At least we can be outside.’” However, a few months after settling in, the couple realized how difficult it … Read more

A new federal policy allows you to finance for an ADU

In an effort to address the nation’s affordable housing crisis, the Federal Housing Administration announced a new policy Monday that will make it easier to buy or refinance a house with an accessory dwelling unit, or build a new ADU. Previous rules for FHA-backed loans would allow lenders to consider rental income from duplexes but … Read more

ADU grants resume to help low-income Californians build

State officials have revived a popular grant program to help lower-income California homeowners build accessory dwelling units by covering some of the upfront costs. But funding is limited, so demand for aid may soon outstrip the supply of dollars. The California Housing Finance Agency’s ADU Grant Program offers up to $40,000 to qualified homeowners to … Read more

A slim, two-story ADU shows off vertical construction

Walk past the street-facing 1990s duplex and beyond a 1920s Sears Roebuck kit bungalow, and an accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, rises before you at the end of the property. It’s a slim, two-story rental clad in inexpensive white vertical corrugated metal. Only then do you realize this single Venice lot has four rental units. … Read more