Kylee and Steven found the perfect property to buy in 2017. It was 80 feet from the beach in sunny San Diego. The only problem was the price tag. The home was listed at $1.2M, which is a lot for a young couple, despite Steven being an engineer at Qualcomm.
There was a silver lining though…
There was a 400 square foot ADU above the garage.
The accessory dwelling unit was pretty ugly and badly in need of a major facelift, but Kylee, being no stranger to challenging design projects saw a blank canvas and a lot of potential.
After running the numbers the couple decided to stretch out of their comfort zone. They purchased the property with the plans to live in the main home and rent out the ADU in California.
Caitlin Bigelow is the CEO at Maxable. After growing up with a garage conversion on her parent's property in California she saw first hand the benefits accessory dwelling units can bring to families. She now spends her time educating homeowners on the cost to build an accessory dwelling unit and connecting them to accessory dwelling unit floor plans and designers throughout California.