We do it all!
Adding a second unit can be a daunting task: refinancing; finding the right engineer and architect; taking time off of work for city inspections; keeping a contractor on schedule; realizing that your construction bid only included the walls and plumbing; and once you think you're done, getting up in the middle of the night to fix your renter's plumbing.
Homestead takes care of everything so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy that new rent check.
No matter what hurdles your project faces, your price won't change. Unlike general contractors, our flat-rate price is guaranteed, and we cover everything. We think it doesn't make sense to omit design fees, city permitting fees, finish and fixtures costs from bids — so we don't!
Every offer we make is all-in, and with our financing your out-of pocket costs will be $0!
We believe that good design makes for proud homeowners, happy renters, and higher rents.
Our founders have worked at some of the best architecture firms around the world, and are now “all-in” on beautiful garage conversions. We’re putting our expertise to work and focusing-in on small rental units to provide the best design and the best value out there.
The Homestead Way
Empowering homeowners to make the most out of their property
Putting rental income in the hands of homeowners, not developers
Adding housing without displacing communities
Creating more sustainable cities through responsible development
Homestead's founders met at MIT's graduate School of Architecture and City Planning. Prior to MIT, we worked for years in high-end residential design at some of the best architecture firms around the world. It was working together on Boston's Affordable Housing Development competition that we first started talking about how we could help our home state of California.
The passage of California's Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) laws in 2017 and 2020 helped us realize that ADUs are the fastest way to increase California's housing stock, make cities more sustainable, and combat gentrification. But, after working for years helping other people remodel their homes, we knew first-hand how difficult these projects were for homeowners to manage on their own.
Homestead was created to take on the burden of building an ADU — from financing, through design, construction and management — giving homeowners a clear path to financial stability and empowering them to help California's housing crisis.