Part 5: Detailed Design & Navigation
You know how we mentioned that the rules and regulations are ever-changing? Well, we weren’t kidding. San Jose changed its rules 3 times in 2017 alone, and for the Emersons, that had an effect on strategy, specifically the setback and rear yard coverage rules.
Once the floor plan was completed, we began Detailed Design and Navigation. As ADU designers and builders, we specialize in navigating the regulations for the families we work with, so you’ve got a good amount of certainty that your project will be successful. In the case of the Emersons, we embarked upon Detailed Design to draft the Construction Documents, Structural Engineering, Title 24, Cal Green, and the laundry list of regulatory elements that are associated with every building project in California.
We also got into the nitty gritty of the Interior Design, which is always a fun and creative process. We worked with the Emersons and their budget to coordinate selections for nearly every element of their home before we broke ground. The process is simple. We chatted with Holly and Nick about what types of designs and elements charmed them. This process includes interviews, surveys, a walk through of the main home, and a curation of design elements, fittings, and fixtures that match both the charm the Emersons were looking for, as well as the budget.
If you remember, the Emerson home is also located in a Historic District, which means that there are requirements to match the historical aesthetics of the main home to varying levels. What does that mean? It means that there are certain absolute requirements and certain aspects that can be presented as tasteful alternatives for compliance on a case-by-case basis. Think window details and exterior aesthetics and colors.
The history of the home was a big part of the design selections that brought the whole project together, but there were also other, more functional elements that the Emersons valued.
Once Detailed Design finished, both construction documents and Interior Design selections were complete, the Acton ADU Architectural Team submitted the plans to the San Jose City Planning Department for permit. Once reviewed and approved, the team then took the plans the San Jose City Building Department. It’s important to note that ADUs have several sets of permits and city fees. When budgeting, the Emersons had to keep in mind: planning permits, building permits, parkland and school fees, addressing requirements, and a handful of additional smaller fees in order to secure the permits and break ground.