“We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.”
– Winston Churchill
In 2020, COVID-19 showed families that it’s important to have enough space in their homes. Many people started thinking about how they could have more space - so kids could go in the backyard and play in fresh air; parents could have enough room for remote work; grandparents could have a safe place to live; and for many other uses. On this topic we want to share with you how Mighty Buildings simplifies getting an ADU compared to traditional construction. By choosing уtraditional construction, you will have to communicate with a number of different professional services such as:
- General Contractors
- Engineers - structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, etc
- And potentially more
You’ll have extended disruption at your home during the long construction period due to the many different phases, each with multiple steps and numerous inspections. Without getting into the pre-construction design & permitting periods of the project, which can go on much longer than one would expect for something as small as an ADU, these phases can include:
- Preparing Site
- Rough Carpentry
- HVAC Installation
- Plumbing Rough-In
- Electric Rough-In
- Specialty Rough-In
- Exterior Finishes
- Floor Finishes
- Interior Trim
- HVAC Trim
- Exterior Landscaping
- Electrical Final Trim
- Hardware Installation (i.e. door hardware, mirrors, etc)
- Final Punch-Out
Mighty Buildings implements a turnkey solution to simplify the process by being the only entity that you need to work with from start to finish.
How does Mighty Buildings provide a turnkey solution? We implement pre-approved plans through California’s factory build housing program to simplify the permitting process and build your unit in our facility at the same time as the site work is happening to minimize the amount/time of disruption on your property. The factory-built housing program overseen by California’s Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) is a pre-approved set of plans regulated by the State. They’re valid throughout all jurisdictions in California and streamline the local permitting process by having a state approved 3rd party provide the plan review & inspections of the units. This means that by the time your project is ready for permitting the local jurisdiction only needs to perform a zoning check as well as building permits and inspections for the foundations, utilities, and the final installation of the unit.
Let’s have a look at the processes step by step:
- The first step for you will be to go to www.mightybuildings.com and choose one of the pre-approved designs for a unit that you’re liking.
- Step number two will be performing a compliance check to make sure that unit and placement comply with the zoning codes for your property.
- If everything goes right and looks feasible from that standpoint we move on to an on-site inspection where Mighty Buildings sends an inspector to your site to take measurements and creates a site assessment report.
- This is then used to put together your project budget and delivery timeline.
- Afterwards, we move to entitlement services which is where we get all the site-specific documentation that we need for permitting which may include things such as a soil report/property survey as well as a site-specific site plan showing where the unit will be placed and all relevant details (i.e. drainage, utilities, etc).
- When all these aspects of the project are confirmed with you by Mighty Buildings, we submit the permits. Mostly this part is out of our control and in the hands of the local jurisdiction. Because Mighty Buildings provides a pre-approved plan-set, your local jurisdiction will not be reviewing the plans for the building itself just for the foundation, the utility connections, and unit placement, which makes a much faster review period than a traditional built. Once Mighty Buildings gets approval for your unit, we start the on-site work to lay out the foundation, do the trenching for the utility connections, and once everything is ready your unit is delivered via truck and installed on-site using a crane.