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Second Unit “Mother In Law” – San Rafael

Second Unit “Mother In Law” – San Rafael

This client needed a second unit on their property to house their visiting kids  since the main house was too small. Plus in the initial conversation we identified options this kind of second unit offers for future alternative uses. This was very attractive. They also needed a new foundation under the garage as well as a new driveway. The project had several hurdles to overcome. First we could not demolition and rebuild the garage because it was sitting in a non-conforming location  that would not be able to be rebuilt in same location. This would also cause problems with the second unit we wanted. Second the client wanted to put the new unit as far back on the property as possible. During discovery we found out we actually could build in the set back with some very careful planning and layout. Finally the client wanted the design of the second unit as well as the garage to match the design features of the home down to small details. After we delivered the concept and cost and time line that were acceptable we entered into a build contract.



You can see that we achieved all the clients’ objectives. Notice the details. This space is very warm and inviting and complements the home perfectly. If you are thinking about a second unit ask us for this clients contact information and ask the great question “ do you love these guys more now that the job is completed than you did at the beginning?”


Video series of this project while in progress:


What our customers are saying:

“Their team was great and they worked effectively with the City Inspector. And, the finished product was even better! They communicated with me on each aspect of the job, were creative in solving challenges and executed the project in a timely manner at the quoted price.”

—Sande M., Sausalito

“They were prompt and worked rapidly and cleaned when they completed the work. Everyone took all my cares as their own and were very helpful no matter what the situation was.”

—Clara M., Novato, CA

“Design-Build-Specialists were professional, non-intrusive and efficient. There was good communication regarding the price and project time-frame.”

—Gail H., Novato