BACKYARD VILLA

BACKYARD VILLA

 

Cornerstone is proud to announce The Backyard Villa as part of our amazing home lineup. The Backyard Villa is an Auxiliary Dwelling Unit (ADU) that sits on a foundation right on your property. The Villa is a beautiful one-bedroom home that contains all the necessities of any traditional home including a full-size kitchen, dishwasher and a stackable washer and dryer. The finished home is 360 square feet, a perfect size for one or two people to live in year-round.

CCTH FinishedTechnically speaking, an ADU is a separate dwelling unit that is built to Florida Building Code and inspected by Florida State approved 3rd party engineers to ensure your safety and provide a piece of mind. An ADU can help an aging family member stay close to home without the need for an assisted living facility. It can also be an income producing part of your property while significantly raising your property value.

We applaud Osceola County, Florida for passing a county wide referendum to allow ADUs in all residentially zoned areas of the county. This is a giant leap forward to ease the shortage of affordable living options. Many other cities and counties are working towards the same goal so watch our social media pages to find out if your area is next! If you want a Backyard Villa for yourself but don’t live in Osceola County, give us a call and we can find out the status in your neighborhood.


So, what steps do you need to take to have an ADU placed on your property? Glad you asked.

Below is a specific list of what to do…

Step 1: Find out if your property qualifies to have an ADU.
Step 2: It’s time to pick your floorplan and design it.
Step 3: Schedule an appointment with a General Contractor
Step 4: Secure Financing
Step 5: The General Contractor builds your foundations and prepares the hookups
Step 6: The Big Delivery

 Step 1: Find out if your property qualifies to have an ADU.

The first important question to ask is whether you live in a neighborhood with a Homeowner’s Association. If so, the members of that association may deny you the ability to have an ADU.

Next, you need to check with the zoning department that has jurisdiction over your property. You can look up your lot on your county’s property appraiser’s website and check what zoning looks like where you live. Examples of zoning are R-1, R-2, A-1 etc. “R” is for residential, “A” is for agricultural. There are many zoning categories but don’t get overwhelmed. You’re always welcome to call your zoning department or you can call us at Cornerstone and we’ll be happy to help out.

The next aspect we’ll look for is your setback lines. A setback is a line inside a property line where a building cannot be placed. The side, front and rear setbacks all are based on your property location and proximity to a neighboring property. These can usually be found on your county’s property appraiser’s website or by calling your zoning department. In some cases, counties will grant a variance waiving or lowering a setback distance. The folks at Cornerstone can also help you with one too.

S1280003Just a few more details we’ll need to know… Can we access the area where your ADU will be placed with a large trailer?Since we build the home at our factory and deliver it to your property, we’ll need a little room to get it in there. We’ll also need to know about any immovable objects such as trees or other buildings. Fences can be moved and replaced.

Finally, your septic system needs to handle the additional load that an ADU creates. A general contractor or a septic specialist will be able to determine your needs, as well as mark any existing drain fields.

We’ll also need to find out if the placement of your ADU interfere with your drain field. Many times, if your drain field is located between the street and the ADU location, we can’t cross the drain field without damaging the drain field. Also, an ADU cannot be placed on a drain field.


Step 2: It’s time to pick your floorplan and design it.Floorplan

Now we get to the fun stuff. Cornerstone has several floorplans to choose from. You’ll select a design from our design catalog that suits your needs and lifestyle. You can meet with one of our reps here at the office in Longwood or search through the models on our website.

You’ll also select which type of interior wall material you like the most along with deciding on countertops, colors, plumbing fixtures, tile, flooring, appliances and cabinets among others.


Step 3: Schedule an appointment with a General Contractor 

You’ll need a site contractor to secure building permits and prepare your site for your new ADU. This isn’t as overwhelming as it sounds. Cornerstone can provide a list of licensed contractor to build the pad, take care of any utilities and build the foundation. You can use your own contractor if you’d like. Installation is a permitted activity and requires a licensed pro to prepare and connect your home. and Whichever way you decide to go, Cornerstone will be with you every step of the way.


Step 4: Secure Financing

Needless to say, Cornerstone will also be here to help navigate you to the right lender. A home equity loan with your banking institution may be just the answer. A second mortgage could actually lower your monthly payment and provide the funding needed for your ADU.


Step 5: The General Contractor builds your foundations and prepares the hookups

Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? This job will actually take very little time. Your General Contractor will work on your property for a day or two to prepare the spot for your new home to be delivered!


Step 6: The Big Delivery

We’ll show up in the morning with your new home and you’ll be able to live in it that very night. On that day, your site contractor will secure the house to the foundation in a code compliant manner and hook up all utilities. Once all building codes and inspections have been satisfied and are completed, you’re ready to move in your family member or new renter.

All these steps can happen in just a few months.


 

 

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