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  • Why You Should Consider Building an ADU in Your California Backyard

    Why You Should Consider Building an ADU in Your California Backyard If you're a homeowner in California, you may have considered adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to your property. Whether you're looking to increase the value of your home, generate rental income, or accommodate a growing family, an ADU can be a great investment. One of the primary benefits of building an ADU is that it can increase the value of your property. ADUs are a popular and in-demand feature, and adding one to your home can make it more attractive to potential buyers. In addition to adding value to your home, an ADU can also provide a source of rental income. Renting out an ADU can help offset the cost of building it and provide a steady stream of income over time. Another reason to consider building an ADU is to accommodate a growing family. If you have children or elderly parents who need their own space, an ADU can provide a comfortable and private living area without requiring you to move to a larger home. This can help keep your family close while still giving everyone the space they need. If you're based in Southern California and are considering building an ADU, consider working with Willbii, a home remodeling and new construction company based in San Marino. Steven Cu, the project manager at Willbii, and his team can assist you in meeting all of your home remodeling needs and help you bring your ADU vision to life. In addition to the benefits listed above, there are many other reasons to consider building an ADU in California. Some other popular reasons include providing a place for extended family or friends to stay, using it as a home office or workspace, or even just as a place to relax and unwind. Whatever your reason for building an ADU, it can be a smart investment that provides numerous benefits for years to come.

  • 8 years to pay off your ADU or Garage Conversion Hack!

    I think it is time to think about your future. The only thing you need to do is improve your credit score. It may take some planning, but if you have great credit, let’s apply for that loan. If you already have this cash, then this article isn’t for you, but you may still read on to see how long it will take until you get your investment back. You will need about 125k for a garage conversion or 250k for a new ADU construction. Simple Right? If you are feeling flashy and want a nice upgraded ADU then tack on another 100k for full upgrades. The way to pay back your loan is to become a landlord and make your income back from renting out your unit. Yes, to make your money is to earn money from your unit. A small, converted garage with nice upgrades could be easily rented out for $1500 a month. In 7 years, you would earn 126,000, but wait I said 8 years. Right, because it will take 1 year to build this ADU and most likely you would be making payments on your loan the minute you take money from it, and you won’t be able to rent this out until the unit construction is completed. The same concept would apply to the new addition ADU, A loan for 250k may be paid back if you rented the ADU unit for 2,500-3000 a month. You can consider making a 3-bedroom ADU and getting a few roommates and charging more. This strategy is called house hacking. House hacking is renting out the unit to multiple people that like to have roommates. You can charge more and have amenities and create a social setting for them. If you can manage multiple tenants and keep them on good terms, then potentially you can make extra income from your investment. Keep in mind that your entire property value will increase with these new additions, but the downside is taking out that loan to finance this venture. Spending an extra 100k for an upgrade would also be nice because that also increases your property value. It is risky, but very low risk. The housing market isn’t going to crash, and people will always be renting. Making the unit nice will attract more renters. The only thing to look out for is that your area is a desirable area to live in. Once you have earned back your investment, the monthly renter’s income is now your income for life. This is a good investment strategy and I highly recommend this. I would recommend going to an all-in-one contractor who can pull permits, and interior design, build new constructions and set you up with proper loan agents. This way you don’t have to manage too many contacts as it can get frustrating, and things will never get done. Will you start today? Contact me if you need help.

  • Landscape Ideas & Professional Services. We can help!

    When beautifying your house, one important key is to increase your house value by getting professional landscaping. Lots of people invest in them inside of their houses but forget to fix their landscape. Landscaping is tough and the task may be daunting, but do not need to worry when you can pay to get this service done. Landscaping isn’t about hiring a guy to mow your lawn and pull-out weeds. Proper landscaping is about the design and use of your lot space. You can transform your backyard into an Eden with proper design and development. Here are some ideas to consider when creating your Eden in California. If you are on a budget, then here are some terms to look up. Xeriscaping, drought tolerant plants, gravel pathways, and fewer plants. These mentioned ideas are low carbon and low maintenance. You can create beautiful backyards with these simple ideas. Here is a photo of a Xeriscape backyard. A popular trend now is a minimal design backyard with large slabs placed across your hard. There is less grass maintenance. Even artificial turf added can be considered easy maintenance. Also, artificial turf is good for dogs. They will make your space feel more open. Speaking of dogs, if you have dogs, please consider choosing the right plants and be sure that they are not toxic for them. Here are some design styles. “Entangled Landscape” Adding a Firepit, space heats, canvas tents, wooden decks, and an area to congregate such as a lounge can add value to your property. If you have limited space, check out this vertical garden. I hope these images will help you get your mind going. There are endless possibilities, and your backyard is your canvas. Feel free to design it your way. If you need professional help with your landscape, then please call us and we'll be happy to help. #willbii #losangeles #orangecounty #hgtv

  • Want to be a Cabinet Design Expert?

    After reading this article you will become a top cabinet designer, (not really), but somewhat savvy. Everything in design is always subjective so that means whatever you or your client decide is best and whatever feels right will be the best design. Let’s get straight to the point. The Most Popular cabinet would be the “White Kitchen” cabinets. This style focuses on white cabinetry, black handles, or gold and will match any furniture or countertops chosen. You can opt for a colorful wall splash. Basically, anything will match this style. The next popular cabinet style would be the shaker cabinets. What is a shaker cabinet? Basically, that is a box design, within a box. It has an inset square within the panel and has clean lines which are soothing to the eye. The shaker style comes from the 2nd coming of Christ because, in the early days of cabinetry, these craftsmen were very religious and wanted to design cabinets that would represent their beliefs in Christ. Whether you believe in Christ or not, these cabinet designs will always be timeless and good-looking. The next topic is traditional cabinets. These have an elegant look to them. The old-school wood-style traditional cabinets are outdated. Refreshing these traditional cabinets is trending. Either go with all white, or other colors other than dark brown, red-brown, or cherry because these colors were of the past. New colors are blue, grey, off-white, and rustic wood. If you are looking for a wow factor in your kitchen, then consider these variables. Grey Cabinets, Blue, or any other rich color with two tones will make your kitchen come alive. Have you seen these new French cabinet styles? They will appeal to people who are into the eclectic antique look and refined taste. French cabinets are indeed very beautiful. Make your house look like a chateau. Rustic cabinets will make your home feel like home. It flows with warmer tones and light oak colors. These kitchens are inviting and very cozy. You can even go for a contemporary rustic look. Contemporary Cabinets Wanting your home to look like it is something straight from a catalog? Check out these contemporary cabinets. If are you really organized with your shelves, then consider having glass panel cabinets in your kitchen. These cabinets will be like showcases for your fine China. Black Cabinets. Black Cabinets will help small kitchens look larger. Black kitchens are very sophisticated. Glossy Cabinets Interesting is what you’ll see and say if you go with glossy cabinets. Sometimes reflections are much to see, but if you have cabinets with a gloss to them, they can be amazing. If you want to mix and match styles to make your kitchen looks sophisticated and airy then check out this image here. This is a two-tone shaker-style cabinet, with wood trimmings and a contemporary gold finish. European Today’s European-style cabinets are gorgeous. Simplistic flushed design, clean lines, futuristic, yet modern looking. No handle cabinets and clean edge design. Right now, some of the best-looking kitchens are done in two tones. The designs will keep everyone entertained. I hope this article will help you bring out creative ideas. If you follow these designs, then you will be on the right path to creating the most beautiful kitchen.

  • Convert Existing Structures to a Livable ADU

    If you are looking to convert a garage, shed, or existing structure in your house to an ADU then good for you! These new additions will increase your property value and at the same time, you can create extra rental income. When considering converting your garage or structure to a livable ADU, please keep in mind that this is not going to be a handyman conversion. What I mean is that these units must be professionally constructed by licensed contractors. Permits must be pulled, and the site will be checked by the city inspector. Just remember, we are building a unit for someone to live there with livable conditions. We have seen time and time again, lots of garages are being converted without permits and those units are rented out by unhappy, unfortunate people. These practices are illegal for many reasons. The structure may be unsafe, with improper heating and cooling, meaning that the structure will be freezing in winter and hot in the summer. Possibly even a fire hazard with unapproved cooking material, and most likely improper sanitation. The list can go on and on so please don’t be that person to create unsafe living conditions. Just spend a little extra and that extra will go a long way. Conversion cost for a garage will be $300-$500 a square foot as compared to the new build range of $180-$300 a square foot. Most garages shed, or external structure sizes are 200-500 square foot in size. Most of the cost of converting a unit will go into the foundation, structure, plumbing, HVAC, design, and permitting. The construction material won’t be as much because there isn’t much material that will be used in restructuring your unit. Although, the flooring with be gutted and the existing half side of the drywall and ceiling will be torn down. New flooring and walls are a must. During the construction, large trenches will be dug for the bathroom and kitchen plumbing and the concrete foundation will be inspected from time to time by the city. Existing flooring will be wiped away and cannot be salvaged. The same goes for the walls and ceiling. There will be lots of reinforcing with specific brackets, and egress windows and special building techniques will be applied during construction again I state that no corners will be cut because the city inspector will check every step of the way. These guys are so detailed, they won’t let any wrong-size screws be used. To make your unit nice, we suggest nice fixtures, a kitchenette, cabinets, a tiled restroom, and more natural window lighting. Adding windows and a nice bathroom to your garage will be ideal. These upgrades will be more enticing for renters to rent especially if they have their own kitchen, restroom, and windows to look out from. Nobody wants to feel like they are living in a dungeon. These are fundamental and should not be held back to cut costs. After 2 months of planning and permitting, and 6 months of construction and inspection then finally you will get your keys and a certificate of occupancy. With this, you will begin your journey of being a landlord with a nice JADU. This process when all set and done will be entirely worth it and you’ll probably be looking into the next bigger renovation project. Maybe building a bigger ADU in your backyard. If you are needing support and a builder for these construction projects, then feel free to check in with us. We are Willbii Design and Build company and would love to have your business. I hope this article will help you with the process of your garage conversion.

  • Cabinet Wood types. Which option is the best for your home or ADU?

    Choosing the right cabinet design for your ADU. Cabinets will be one of the largest design decisions for your home and you can be easily overwhelmed by the different options available. Before you decide on the type of wood, please consider the design style you are aiming for. Is it a traditional home, European, or contemporary style that would like to have? Once you have your style then you can choose the type of wood. Below is a list of wood types once you have a design style in mind. The different types of wood cabinets are here. 1. Solid Wood. A. There are lots of solid wood options such as alder, cherry, hickory, maple, walnut, white oak, red oak, popular and more. Solid wood cabinets will cost more than your plywood shaker cabinets. They are rich in feel and provide a nice luxury design. These are hard to maintain and are susceptible to fading and are high maintenance. 2. Wood Veneers A. A wood veneer is a thin strip of solid wood attached to an MDF particle board. It will look like solid wood on the outside but isn’t on the inside. This is more economical, more resistant to warping, and easy to maintain. 3. Plywood A. Plywood option will be the most recommended option as it is very affordable with great looks. They are made of up different layers of plywood and the cabinets will be very strong. They are also a bit more water resistant, but these cabinets can splinter easily. 4. Hi Density Fiber HDF A. This is also called a hardboard and is less expensive. It does not hold screws well but is good in humid and dry environments. It takes paint well and is susceptible to water damage. 5. Medium Density Fiberboard A. This lightweight cabinet is very low cost. Great to paint on and can be customized to any design you like. This cannot hold screws in well, is sensitive to heat, and warps when wet. 7. Laminate & Melamine A. Basically, these are wood designs glued onto particle boards with high pressure. These are cheap to produce and extremely cost-effective. It is very hard to tell which material is used for these cabinets by simply looking at them. You would need to feel the material firsthand to determine its quality. I hope this article will help guide you through your cabinet journey. Good luck. #willbii #homeremodel #aduhomes #newroomadditional #kitchen

  • Tank or Tankless Water Heater for your ADU. How To Choose?

    Choosing the Right Water Heater for your home. Most ADU will be no larger than 1200 square feet so does that mean we can use a tankless water heater? Since we won’t be drawing water for a full house can we opt in for this efficient technology? Let’s go over all the facts so we can make the right decision. Traditionally most houses have tank water heaters. The price for these types runs $1,000-$1,500 without installation. These tank heaters serve great purposes in providing adequate heating for the house for many years to come. They usually last 10-15 years. Electric heaters are more efficient but will cost more to operate as compared to gas-powered heaters. Electric heaters will cost lower upfront, but your monthly electric bill will cost you more in the long run. Tankless electric heaters do cost more compared to the traditional heater but are much more efficient in heating. It will send hot water to your line much quicker than having to heat up a traditional tank. A Tankless heater will save you money over time because it is 35% more energy efficient and will last longer. These heaters will last 20 years or longer and they will cost around $2,000. They don’t require lots of space, so this is perfect to add to your ADU without having to take up much square footage. The only downside with a tankless heater is that if two showers are turned on including the laundry washing machine then you will endure the cold shower experience. If your budget allows a higher initial cost, then tankless water heaters will be the best option. It is space-saving, highly energy efficient, and will send hot water to your line within seconds. The installation cost isn’t as much as compared to a traditional tank, gas, or any other type of setup.

  • TOP 8 Countertop Choices for your accessory dwelling units and home.

    When you think about countertops for your kitchen, what comes to mind? My first thought to this question would have been marble and if you thought that as well then, we are on the same page. Marble is advertised as luxury good due to the rareness of its stone. It is soft to the touch and is very smooth as you glide your hand across it. Marble is good, but there are many other types of countertop options that are superior to marble. We will go over the most popular kitchen countertop materials. #1 Marble. Marble will run you $75-250 per square foot and keeping it clean is a must otherwise you’ll ruin the countertop. Marble stone designs are one of the most beautiful natural rock patterns you will find and are imported from other countries around the world. These are considered exotic rock formations that took millions of years to marbleize. #2. Granite. Starting price per square foot is about $45 and goes up to 200. Granite is not as hard as quartz but has its own uniqueness as well. The reason to choose granite materials is purely on the taste of design. Granite patterns aren’t like marble and have many varieties of patterns and colors. #3. Quartz. These countertops are beautiful just like marble, but better to maintain. The cost is lower as compared to marble. Quartz is sensitive to heat so be careful. Quartz could be the alternate version to marble if you are looking for something luxurious with a marble effect-like design. #4. Slate. If you are into dark stone colors with a modern look then slate would be ideal. The pricing is more affordable than granite, quartz, or marble. Slates are only available in dark tones such as black, charcoal, grey pewter, brown, and even red, blue, and green. Slate countertops will hold up in the heat and the surface is really hard. #5. Stainless Steel. Stainless steel tables would be ideal for chefs, but also for anyone who wants a commercial appearance. This new trendy design will complement both traditional and modern homes without breaking your budget. #6. Butchers Block. Have you watched your home décor channel recently? Most of them are doing butcher’s block kitchen counters. They are simple to install and look great! The downside of that does expect wear and tear. I do suppose that the dents, dings, and scratches will add to the appearance of a rustic kitchen look. That is if you are into that style. Pricing is about $30-40 per square. #7. Tile. Lots of old homes still have tile countertops. This was popular back in the day, very affordable, and easy to maintain and repair. If you are looking for cost-saving solutions, then this is the way to go. There are new trends in using larger size tiles and rich color tiles that make great impressions. Don't undermine this option as you can be very creative with it. #8 Laminate. Are you on a budget? This is the lowest-cost solution for any countertop. The cost is about $15-$40 a square foot. You will not regret to have spent on this product as it will last you for 10-15 years. Contact me for more countertop information. Steve C. 626-415-7115 #willbii #remodeling #interiordesign #adu #adufinishes

  • Engineer Wood, Laminate, Vinyl Flooring for your ADU

    We recommend laminate flooring as most ADU is built as rental homes. It is water-resistant and will give you the feel of a real wood floor type. There are so many flooring types to choose from. There is carpet, tile, vinyl, laminate, engineer wood, and more. Carpet flooring is old-fashioned, but not good for people with allergies. Sure, it is soft on your feet, but nowadays people are moving away from carpet. Tile is great for places with high humidity, but here in California, the trend is wood flooring. There are three popular types of wood flooring options. One is Vinyl, 2nd is laminate, and 3rd is engineered wood. Vinyl would be best for industrial use, places with pets, or places with high traffic. On top of that, it is low cost. When considering vinyl, make sure to get the thickest vinyl top layer, that way you won’t get uneven flooring after soaking with water and cleaning material. If you are looking for great floors, then vinyl will be your best option. The 2nd flooring type is laminate flooring. Laminate floors were recommended by one of our flooring experts. This is data from all their customers collectively. Laminate will be your closest option to real wood flooring. It isn’t waterproof but can withstand wear and tear. It is easy to fix with the tongue and groove system and pricing is very affordable. Laminate floors have many layers of wood and are very stable compared to vinyl. Another advantage of laminate floors is that it has tons of design style to choose from. The 3rd flooring type that I will discuss here is engineer wood flooring. Engineered wood floor is real wood floors mixed with plywood as a base. The entire plank is not made of the same material. Keep in mind that most engineer wood flooring is 3/8, or ½ inches thick, glued on top of compressed particle wood. There are multiple levels of compressed wood to hold the actual wood plank on the top layer. You may choose any wood type such as oak, maple, birch, and many more. Engineer wood isn’t the best to maintain and does not along with water. These types of flooring are made for luxury living so good care must be taken. Engineer flooring will run you about $10 a square foot with installation. Laminate or viny cost will run around $3-$6 a square foot. In conclusion, if you have money to spend and no budget then I would recommend engineer wood flooring, but if you want good flooring in general, then go for laminate. If you have pets and high-traffic areas, then go with vinyl. Don’t worry much about the quality as all these mentioned floor types are very good. #willbii #flooring #remodel #adu #aducalifornia www.willbii.net

  • Accessory Dwelling Unit Roofing ADU Roof Types

    California ADU Roofing Types. Most new ADU built in California are using asphalt shingles since they are the most cost-effective and durable roofing material. There are rarely high winds in Southern California, so asphalt shingles work best for most cases. Asphalt roofing will generally last 10-20 years but will occasionally need shingle renewals. Pricing for Asphalt roofing will run you about $3-$7 a square foot. The other option would be clay tile roofing made of earthenware. Clay tiles will help with the insulation keeping the house cool and warm throughout the seasons. These types of roofs are aesthetically pleasing and cost anywhere from $5-10 a square foot. For California homes, we recommend going for clay tiles or asphalt. Other types of roofs such as Metal roofs are more expensive and will last a long time and will run from $8-15 a square foot. If you can afford an upgrade then sure go for metal roofs, although they are not great with sound dampening. Wood roofs are another type, very beautiful but would not work well here in southern California since it is the coastline. These types of roof styles will be subjected to humidity damage from the nearby ocean. They will warp bend and will cause long-term issues. If you are eclectic with an expensive taste, then there are slate roofs to consider. They are made of stones. The pros for these types of roofs are ever long-lasting, but you must consider that they will be heavy. Reinforce structures are required to contain the load. Slate roofs are about $20.00 a square foot. The last roof type I will mention here is solar. Solar will last 10-15 years, and the state is offering incentives for homes with solar panels. As solar technology is getting better pricing will fluctuate and the quality will also change for the better. Solar will help save energy costs and these panels will help shield your house. Pricing for solar is about 10-20 a square foot. When deciding to purchase your ADU, please keep in mind these factors. Please check with your builder and if you have any questions or quote concerns then let us know. My name is Steven. My contact information is 626-415-7115 . Our website is www.willbii.net . ADU Home - YouTube

  • Choosing Windows & Doors for your ADU

    We are on our way to building your dream ADU. Let’s talk about the materials such as windows & doors. The 2nd biggest investment with any structure would be the windows and doors. These can cost anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000 depending on your taste in style. Traditionally any slab-style door would work, but most people nowadays want double doors, French doors, sliding doors, bifold doors with lots of windows, impact resistant, doors with custom designs on them, and doors made of different materials. You name it, they probably have it. A normal door would be around $2,500 with installation, but your cost would go up with any variation added such as the type of wood alone, framing style, etc. Windows are just as important so picking the right window will make your home feel right. Standard Windows run from $1000-$2000 for each and most ADUs will have about 6 windows going around the house. This range can go anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000. There are many types of styles such as double-hung, casement, slider, awnings, and custom-shaped windows. Select what is best suitable for your property. Casements & slider windows are typically the design norm. We also advise future ADU home dwellers to have reference images available when asking for a quote. Contact me for more information on ADUs and you may also visit our website at www.willbii.net my phone number is 626-415-7115 Steven Cu - ADU Specialist

  • Build an ADU in 6 Months Time with All-in-One Specialist.

    Building an ADU Accessory Dwelling Unit can be a large task. There are companies out there that specialize in ADU development. These company normally have financial referrals, in-house contractors, in-house architect and designers. Sure, you would pay a little more for their services, but at the end the process will be smoother and faster. You can possibly save up to 6 months to two years in development. It would take 3 years if you were to build an ADU yourself. And 2 years if you were to find local pick me up contractors, to fill in each project. A professional ADU company will take 6 months to a year to complete your project. Most contractors will probably service regions and wont services other areas due to traveling. They most likely would prefer building with their team. Example Willbii Home specialist will service the Los Angeles & orange county area. Los Angeles County, Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Arcadia, Artesia, Avalon, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell, Bell, Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Bradbury, Burbank, Calabasas, Carson, Cerritos, Claremont, Commerce, Compton, Covina, Cudahy, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, El Monte, El Segundo, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, La Verne, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lawndale, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Maywood, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Norwalk, Palmdale, Palos Verdes Estates, Paramount, Pasadena, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo, Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Clarita, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, Signal Hill, South El Monte, South Gate, South Pasadena, Temple City, Torrance, Vernon, Walnut, West Covina, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, Whittier Orange County, Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Capistrano Beach, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Silverado, Stanton, Sunset Beach, Surfside, Trabuco Canyon, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda IF you are looking for a specialist for these areas listed above then there you go.

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