These are the architecture plans and the budget for completing a small backyard home in a landslide zone in Berkeley.
Anyone considering building on a steep lot and especially a landslide zone will get a wide range of potential costs. These costs vary by project and site of course. This is one point where you can mark down as accurate. We finished this project.
Frankly, it’s expensive. The full cost of just the excavation, concrete piers and foundation was close to $40,000.
For the full budget including every line item, see the attached pdf at the bottom.
This is the site plan for the backyard cottage.
This is the “elevation” of the front of the house.
This is a more detailed floor plan. Note how much counter space is in this relatively small kitchen. It’s better to have room to cook than room to watch TV:)
Click here for the full budget including architecture, structural engineering, surveyor, soils engineering (geo tech), permits, site work and all construction.
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