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Our First Prefinished Panelized ADU in San Mateo County

David Reyes
David Reyes

El Granada, San Mateo County: Homeowners Damon and Cynthia Gage have signed on to build San Mateo County’s first prefinished panelized ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) with ADU.Works, a startup focused on bridging the housing gap through ADUs.

The Gage’s began looking into building an ADU about a year ago but weren’t happy with the amount of time, effort, and cost required to build a traditional ADU. They learned about ADU Works’ seamless process to manage the ADU project from beginning to end using SI (Structurally Insulated) panels to streamline construction from six months of work on-site to two months.

“In addition to the streamlined building process and cost savings realized by using SI panels, we were impressed with ADU Work’s commitment to sustainability,” said Cynthia. “Using solar panels to power the ADU and incorporating low VOC materials and energy-efficient appliances into each of its models was a selling point for us.”

ADU Works is revolutionizing the ADU space by allowing homeowners the ability to afford an ADU without the hassles of working with local jurisdictions, staying up to code, or managing multiple contractors. ADU Works also provides project management and oversight from plan submissions through securing the ADU’s certificate of occupancy. This removes the headaches, worry, and anxiety throughout the build process.

ADU Works’ build process includes pre-finishing the SI panels off-site in order to keep the onsite build time to a minimum. Whereas a traditional ADU would look at an on-site build time of 4-6 months, ADU Works’ goal is to complete your ADU on-site in less than 60 days. This process means your ADU is built faster and for less money – while maintaining quality.

“Throughout the process, the ADU Works team has been extremely responsive. All of our questions were thoroughly researched throughout the route. We were always contacted within 24 hours. It’s been a genuine pleasure to work with a group that follows through on what they say they’ll do.”

– Damon Gage

“We have been so grateful working with both Damon and Cynthia throughout this process. They have provided valuable insight into the needs of coast-side homeowners, and have continuously posited an environmentally friendly focus over the past few months preparing for plan submission. We are excited to give homeowners like the Gage’s access to high-quality, no-hassle ADUs that cost less than half the price of a traditional ADU build,” says Conrad Kimball, co-founder of ADU Works.

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