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Has the Coronavirus Made It Too Dangerous to Start a New Construction Project at Your Home in the US?

Has the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Made It Too Dangerous to Start a New Construction Project at Your Home in the US?

Although citizens of the United States have been suggested to stay at home and not attend public gatherings, the Coronavirus has not necessarily made it too dangerous to start a new construction project at your home.

The currently reported amount of patients that have been diagnosed in the United States remains relatively low thanks to drastic measures taken by our government early on. In addition, most construction workers spend a majority of their time in isolation while working on a particular project, making it a job that does not require workers to come into contact with a high volume of people. Self isolation is and has been already suggested for those who are or may be infected with the Coronavirus, in order to prevent further spread.

If you are concerned about being infected by a construction worker, you may require that all construction workers who come on your property must wear respirators or surgical masks in order to prevent them from releasing germs through their breath. If you decide to take this approach, please make sure to include the agreement terms in your contract with them in order to prevent any future complications.

Check out the Coronavirus safety measures taken by our contractors at All American Builders for more information about some of the things that our company is doing in order to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Who Is the Coronavirus Particularly Dangerous For?

As a result of the Coronavirus, major panic has occurred throughout the United States and the world. But how dangerous is this virus for the average person?

Contrary to public opinion, the Coronavirus may not be as dangerous as you think for the average young and healthy person. Based on reports of COVID-19 patients, the effects of the virus are not much different from the flu. Just like the flu, the main people who are susceptible to falling into critical condition due to the virus include senior citizens and people with currently existing health problems.

Therefore, for a healthy person, the Coronavirus may not seem like much more than the average flu, causing a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath, high fever, etc. For more critical cases, pneumonia can occur in patients. As a result of these conditions, older people and people with currently existing health problems are particularly susceptible to the virus.

Those who have symptoms are probably already self isolating, so that itself reduces the chances of you receiving it. If you feel that a construction worker is showing symptoms of the flu, it may be best to post pone the project to a later time in order to prevent the potential spreading of gems.

Based on information discussed above, the Coronavirus should not necessarily stop you from approaching a new construction project unless you, a family member, or someone that lives in your home falls under the category of people who are highly susceptible to the virus, such as older people and those with currently existing health problems. As a matter of fact, if you and your family are healthy individuals, it may be a great time to take advantage of the opportunity of being home while construction occurs on your property.

Are Home Improvements Tax Deductible?

Are Home Improvements Tax Deductible?

Are home improvements are tax deductible? Generally speaking, most home improvements are not tax deductible. Although, there may exceptions for certain types of improvements.

If you plan on doing something like home renovation, garage conversion, or any upgrades for style, then you likely wont be eligible for tax deductions. In this article, we will go over some basic information about two types of home improvements that could qualify to be tax deductible.

What Home Improvements Are Tax Deductible?

There are two main types of home improvements that may be tax deductible, which include:

We will go into further details about each of these.

1. Energy Efficient Home Improvements That May Be Tax Deductible

There are a variety of energy efficient home improvements that could be tax deductible. Examples of energy efficient home improvements that may qualify for tax credits include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Solar Panels
  • Solar Water Heaters
  • Fuel Cells
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Small Wind Turbines

The energy efficient improvements listed above qualify for federal tax credits if installed on the primary home or secondary home of a homeowner.

How Much Tax Deduction Can You Get From Energy Efficient Home Improvements?

At the time of writing this article, currently known availability of presently existing tax deductions include federal tax credits of the following amounts, during the following dates, in regards to the energy efficient home improvements listed above:

  • 30% for systems placed in service by 12/31/2019
  • 26% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2019 and before 01/01/2021
  • 22% for systems placed in service after 12/31/2020 and before 01/01/2022

Tax credits listed above are involved with installation costs.

Information listed above should not be used to make any financial decisions without consulting with a professional. Laws are constantly changing and being updated, so you should have a local professional look into it and confirm any currently existing tax deductions that may be available in your city, state, and federally.

2. Medical Related Home Improvements That May Be Tax Deductible

Various types of medical related home improvements may be tax deductible.

Examples of some home improvements done for medical purposes that may be eligible for tax deductions include the following:

  • Building wheelchair entrances for disabled persons.
  • Building wheelchair exit ramps for disabled persons.
  • Widening hallways for wheelchair.
  • Widening doorways for wheelchair.
  • Remodeling kitchen cabinets to make them lower for disabled persons on wheelchair.
  • Adding lifts for disabled persons to get from one floor to another with a wheelchair.
  • Installation of support bars in a bathroom.
  • Installing or upgrading fire protection systems such as fire alarms and smoke detectors.

Although it is possible that the medical related home improvements on list above might be tax deductible, you should always consult with professionals in your area to make certain of currently available tax deductions before making any financial decisions.

Laws involved with tax deduction can always change and get updated. Information on this article should not be used for making any financial decisions. Please seek updated information from a professional near you about current tax deduction eligibility before making any financial decisions.

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The Process of Building an ADU in California

What Is the Process of Building an ADU in California?

Are you wondering what the process of building an ADU in California is? The process of building an ADU in California can slightly vary based on the unique specifications of each project, but in most cases the process is very similar.

Most accessory dwelling units are usually built from garage conversions in Los Angeles, although, in some cases they are new building additions as well.

There are various steps that are generally taken when building a legally permitted ADU in California.

Steps of Building an ADU in California

Step 1: Think About and Come up With a Basic Idea of Your Desired ADUs Size, Layout, Style, and Materials

The goal of the first step is for you to just get somewhat of an idea of how you want your ADU to be.

In the beginning, just come up with a generalized idea about certain specifications of your desired ADU, such as size, layout, style, materials, and anything else you can think of. This can be adjusted and improved upon during the following steps.

Step 2: Set up an Appointment With a Professional Near You to Start Legitimizing the Process

A general contractor or home remodeling company that specializes in ADUs can help you start legitimizing the entire process from start to finish.

They will help you with legal requirements, planning, financing, construction, and more.

Step 3: Discuss and Plan Project Details With the Professional, Including Size, Layout, Design, and Materials

During your appointment with a professional, discuss all the ideas you thought of during step one.

The professional you choose to work with should be able to take the ideas you share with them about your desired ADU, and provide you with proper suggestions and information about making the best choices for your specific situation.

After going over all the details with the professional, they should be able to provide you with an estimate of how much the project would cost you.

Step 4: Create Blueprints and Submit to City or County

After coming up with the details of your project with a professional and going over costs, the professional should be able to create blueprints for the project if you decide you want to hire them for the job.

Once blueprints are created, they will need to be submitted to your local government agency and they will need to be approved before beginning the process of construction.

Step 5: Begin Construction Process After Obtaining Permit Approval from City or County

After obtaining approval for a permit, the construction process can begin.

Stay updated with everything that goes on throughout the entire construction process in order to make sure things are going according to plan. Construction workers may be more careful throughout the entire process if they see that the owner is interested in everything that goes on during that time.

Get Professional Assistance With the Process of Building an ADU in California Now!

Are you located in or around Los Angeles County? If so, you can set up a free appointment with us at your location to get an estimate for your desired ADU project!

Feel free to get in touch anytime by using the form below or you can give us a call at (844) 226-3314 as well!

 

California ADU Law 2020 Assembly Bill 68 (AB-68)

Assembly Bill 68 (AB-68)

California ADU Law 2020: Assembly Bill 68 (AB-68)

What Is the New California ADU Law in 2020 and It’s Purpose?

California ADU Law 2020: Assembly Bill 68 (AB-68) is a law that updates currently existing laws involved with garage conversion and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). AB-68 was approved by the governor and filed with the secretary of state on October 09, 2019. It is act to amend (make changes to) Sections 65852.2 and 65852.22 of the Government Code, relating to land use. AB-68 provides property owners with additional flexibility to develop legally permitted ADUs in California, with the purpose of addressing the current housing crisis in the state.

Prior AB-68 updating California ADU Laws in 2020, there were existing standards and requirements for obtaining legally permitted ADUs. What AB-68 has done is update currently existing laws involved with ADUs, such as Senate Bill 1069, in order to provide additional flexibility for property owners to legally convert garages into ADUs. One main purpose of laws passed in recent years that are in favor of ADUs is that they are meant to be a form of addressing the current housing crisis in California by increasing the amount of affordable housing in the state.

Due to the fact that the housing cost is so high in California and that the state is relatively more populated than others, ADUs have now become highly beneficial for many people. As more homeowners convert their garages into ADUs, additional affordable living space is created in the state. This allows renters save money while in addition allows homeowners to receive an additional form of income. This is a win-win situation for both parties, and this is why laws are being pushed towards being in favor of garage conversion more and more.

How Has AB-68 Updated or Changed Existing California ADU Laws in 2020?

We have already mentioned that AB-68 provides additionally flexibility for homeowners to obtain legally permitted ADU. Now we will go over the specific details about how AB-68 has affected previously existing laws as stated by on an official government website at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB68.

Specific Details About How AB-68 Affects California ADU Laws in 2020

(1) Changes Made by AB-68 Involved With Lot Size

Previously Existing Law:
“The Planning and Zoning Law authorizes a local agency to provide, by ordinance, for the creation of accessory dwelling units in single-family and multifamily residential zones and requires such an ordinance to impose standards on accessory dwelling units, including, among others, lot coverage. Existing law also requires such an ordinance to require the accessory dwelling units to be either attached to, or located within, the living area of the proposed or existing primary dwelling, or detached from the proposed or existing primary dwelling and located on the same lot as the proposed or existing primary dwelling.”
Changes Made by AB-68 to Existing Law Above:
“This bill would delete the provision authorizing the imposition of standards on lot coverage and would prohibit an ordinance from imposing requirements on minimum lot size. The bill would revise the requirements for an accessory dwelling unit by providing that the accessory dwelling unit may be attached to, or located within, an attached garage, storage area, or an accessory structure, as defined.”

(2) Changes Made by AB-68 Involved With Max Waiting Days for Permit Approval

Previously Existing Law:

“Existing law requires a local agency to ministerially approve or deny a permit application for the creation of an accessory dwelling unit or a junior accessory dwelling unit within 120 days of receiving the application.”

Changes Made by AB-68 to Existing Law Above:
“This bill would instead require a local agency to ministerially approve or deny a permit application for the creation of an accessory dwelling unit or junior accessory dwelling unit within 60 days from the date the local agency receives a completed application if there is an existing single-family or multifamily dwelling on the lot, and would authorize the permitting agency to delay acting on the permit application if the permit application is submitted with a permit application to create a new single-family or multifamily dwelling on the lot, as specified.”

(3) Changes Made by AB-68 Involved With Max ADU Size

Previously Existing Law:
“Existing law prohibits the establishment by ordinance of minimum or maximum size for an accessory dwelling unit, or size based upon a percentage of the proposed or existing primary dwelling, if the limitations do not permit at least an efficiency unit to be constructed.”
Changes Made by AB-68 to Existing Law Above:
“This bill would instead prohibit the imposition of those limitations if they do not permit at least an 800 square foot accessory dwelling unit that is at least 16 feet in height with 4-foot side and rear yard setbacks to be constructed. This bill would additionally prohibit the imposition of limits on lot coverage, floor area ratio, open space, and minimum lot size if they prohibit the construction of an accessory dwelling unit meeting those specifications.”

(4) Changes Made by AB-68 Involved With Amount ADUs Per Lot

Previously Existing Law:
“Existing law requires ministerial approval of a building permit to create within a zone for single-family use one accessory dwelling unit per single-family lot, subject to specified conditions and requirements.”
Changes Made by AB-68 to Existing Law Above:
“This bill would instead require ministerial approval of an application for a building permit within a residential or mixed-use zone to create the following: (1) one accessory dwelling unit and one junior accessory dwelling unit per lot with a proposed or existing single-family dwelling if certain requirements are met; (2) a detached, new construction accessory dwelling unit that meets certain requirements and would authorize a local agency to impose specified conditions relating to floor area and height on that unit; (3) multiple accessory dwelling units within the portions of an existing multifamily dwelling structure provided those units meet certain requirements; or (4) not more than two accessory dwelling units that are located on a lot that has an existing multifamily dwelling, but are detached from that multifamily dwelling and are subject to certain height and rear yard and side setback requirements.”

(5) Changes Made by AB-68 Involved With Department of Housing and Community Development and Written Findings for Compliance With State Law

Previously Existing Law:

“Existing law requires a local agency to submit its accessory dwelling unit ordinance to the Department of Housing and Community Development within 60 days after adoption and authorizes the department to review and comment on the ordinance.”

Changes Made by AB-68 to Existing Law Above:
“This bill would instead authorize the department to submit written findings to a local agency as to whether the local ordinance complies with state law, and would require the local agency to consider the department’s findings and to amend its ordinance to comply with state law or adopt a resolution with specified findings. The bill would require the department to notify the Attorney General that the local agency is in violation of state law if the local agency does not amend its ordinance or adopt a resolution with specified findings.”

(6) Changes Made by AB-68

“This bill would also prohibit a local agency from issuing a certificate of occupancy for an accessory dwelling unit before issuing a certificate of occupancy for the primary residence.”

(7) Changes Made by AB-68

“This bill would require a local agency that has not adopted an ordinance for the creation of junior accessory dwelling units to apply the same standards established by this bill for local agencies with ordinances.”

(8) Changes Made by AB-68

“This bill would make other conforming changes, including revising definitions and changes clarifying that the above-specified provisions regulating accessory dwelling units and junior accessory dwelling units also apply to the creation of accessory dwelling units and junior accessory dwelling units on proposed structures to be constructed.”

(9) Changes Made by AB-68

“This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 65852.2 of the Government Code proposed by AB 881 and SB 13 to be operative only if this bill and either or both AB 881 and SB 13 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.”

(10) Changes Made by AB-68

“The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.”

Do You Require Additional Information About Assembly Bill 68?

You may refer to the official California government website mentioned above for any additional information about AB-68 that may not be provided on this page. An ADU contractor near you may be able to provide you with additional information as well.

Are you interested in doing garage conversion in Los Angeles County or a surrounding area? Our garage conversion experts at All American Builders would love to help you out if you are within our service area! You can learn more about the process of working with our company here or you may feel free to give us a call at any time at (844) 226-3314 for more information.

You can take advantage of AB-68 right away and start converting your garage into an ADU as soon as you’d like!

 

General Questions About Building Codes

Below are some general questions about billing codes. Details of specific Building Codes will not be discussed on this page.

What Are Building Codes?

Building codes are laws that set minimum safety standards for building construction. These laws embrace all aspects of building construction, including structural items, electrical, plumbing, mechanical systems, and more.

All building construction must be up to the standards of building codes in order to get legally approved and permitted by the government.

Who Needs Building Codes and Why?

All buildings and habitable structures need building codes. The main purpose of these codes are to protect the lives of humans.

Our safety relies on the structures that we enter in every day. Building codes help make sure that the buildings we enter into on a daily basis are sturdy and reliable enough to keep us safe from any potentially dangerous construction methods or mistakes.

Building codes help make sure that the buildings we enter into on a daily basis are sturdy and reliable enough to keep us safe. They do this by preventing any potentially dangerous construction methods or mistakes from being legally permitted. Some factors that building codes are meant to provide protection from include structural collapse, fire disasters, general deterioration, water damage, unsanitary conditions, electricity, and more.

This is done by regulation and inspection to make sure that necessary construction standards are up to code. If a buildings construction methods are inspected to not be up to code, it will not be legally permitted by the government. If a building is not legally permitted, it will not legally be able to have its own address. Only building and construction methods that are up to code will be legally permitted by the government.

How Reliable Are Building Codes?

Building codes are highly enforced and much is done to make them as reliable as possible. Although no code can eliminate all risk, they are meant to reduce risk to an acceptable level. They provide required standards which must be met in order for a building to be legally approved and permitted.

The reliability of building codes somewhat depend on proper construction approval by human workers as well as proper inspections done by human workers to make sure that everything is truly up to code.

Why Inspect a Building During Construction?

Inspecting a building during construction is the only way to truly verify that code compliance has been achieved.

On average, there are about ten inspections done on buildings and structures including homes, offices, factories, warehouses, and more in order to verify that minimum standards of building codes have been met prior to the spaces being approved as being habitable. This includes inspection of electrical safety, sanitation, structural safety, fire safety, and more.

Building Codes Are Constantly Changing

Building codes are constantly changing. Some changes make laws stricter, while other changes can make laws more flexible.

For example, laws involved with garage conversion in Los Angeles have dramatically changed for the better in recent years. Thanks to the new amendments of the law, homeowners now have much more flexibility when it comes to converting a garage into an additional legally permitted unit on a property.