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What role does my architect play in the design/build process?2021-10-05T11:43:25-07:00

Your Architect will guide you through the process from the very beginning all the way through and past the end of the project. This typically starts with questions during a phone call and moves into an on-site consultation all with your Architect. Once the project begins your Architect will work with you to develop the existing conditions so that the design process can begin. Then a back and forth, iterative process, begins to develop the design and create all of the design documents including; drawings, specifications, 3D models, and other media.

Once the design is complete your Architect will guide the estimation process and any communication with the build team including getting bids and estimates from subcontractors or suppliers (like cabinetry, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC).

Throughout construction your Architect acts as your agent representing you and your interests to the build team. This includes the final steps including puchlist and handoff.

After the building is complete your Architect is your resource for any questions, follow-ups, and future design!

How long does it take to design and build an ADU?2021-10-05T13:09:09-07:00

Once you are working with our Design-Build team the process typically follows the  below timeline:

Design: 1-2 months (this can go faster if you use one our time-tested, client-approved, existing designs)

Estimating for permit submittal: 2 weeks

Permit document creation: 1 week

Permitting: 3 -4 months (this is a minimum from the City of Portland, other municipalities are different, and non-ADUs like home studios, home offices, and other works are much shorter).

Contract signing and project ramp-up: 2 weeks

Construction: 3 months

NOTE: SQFT Studios is a member of the Filed Issuance Remodeling (FIR) program and projects that are not ADUs are able to be permitted in the field and extremely rapidly.

How much does and adu Cost?2021-07-30T12:27:44-07:00
What are the benefits of an ADU?2021-05-21T15:03:48-07:00

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Does an ADU need a separate address?2021-05-21T15:03:19-07:00

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How does an ADU handle cable, phone, internet, garbage, and recycling?2021-05-21T15:02:35-07:00

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How does an ADU access sewer, water, electric, and gas?2021-05-21T15:01:05-07:00

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What areas do you serve?2021-04-13T22:14:02-07:00

We are currently licensed in the state of Oregon. Our architectural design and construction projects are typically in the Portland metro area.

Do ADUs increase my property taxes?2021-03-05T14:42:21-08:00

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How do ADUs affect the value of my home?2021-03-05T14:40:37-08:00

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How much can my ADU get?2021-03-03T20:18:09-08:00

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Is my property suited for an ADU?2021-03-03T20:15:51-08:00

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What are the benefits of a design/build firm?2021-03-03T20:10:00-08:00

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What is the cost of an ADU?2021-03-03T20:06:21-08:00

ADUs vary in cost based on the size and amenities of the structure

  • from $75,000 for a studio space with a bathroom
  • from $125,000 for a one-bedroom, one bathroom with an efficiency kitchen
  • from $175,000 for a one-bedroom, one bathroom with a full kitchen
  • From $150,000 for a garage conversion

We have built numerous ADUs, Guest Suites, Custom ADUs, and Converted Garages to ADUs, the project budget can shrink or expand based on the project scope.

What amenities does and ADU have?2021-03-03T19:56:22-08:00

An ADU might be smaller than a typical house but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in amenities. Our ADUs are designed and built with kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, lofts, offices, living, dining and, entertaining areas.

Are ADUs allowed in my neighborhood?2021-03-03T19:50:51-08:00

As of July 1, 2018 ADUs are allowed on residential properties within most Oregon cities and counties. The right to build is ultimately based on local regulations and building codes. The size and location are typically the factors that drive the answer to this question. SQFT Studios is well versed in building code and zoning regulations for Oregon so feel free to contact us with your question and the address where your ADU project is proposed.

Why are ADUs so popular?2021-03-03T19:42:25-08:00

ADUs are popular for many reasons.

  • Any homeowner becomes a developer on their own lot.
  • ADUs add more usable space to your property.
  • ADUs have rental potential and with that comes increased cash flow!
  • ADUs are great for multi-generation living
What are accessory dwelling units?2021-03-03T19:30:41-08:00

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)  is a second structure on a lot with an existing house. It can be attached, a tiny home, or a second structure which is usually smaller than the existing home. Some choose to convert existing garages as well.

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