Most homeowners choose to work with some type of design professional to plan their ADU and help throughout the process. Bringing on a professional early in the process is often key to getting your ADU approved quickly, managed efficiently, and built cost-effectively. Relevant experience and fit will be critical.
There are a variety of types of designer, and they may be an architect, builder, “designer,” design/build, or a modular/prefab company. If you’re hiring a local individual or team, they’ll likely start the process by visiting your home and talking to you about your ideas and goals. If it seems like a good match, they will prepare a proposal detailing their services and fee. Professionals typically charge for an initial consultation or proposal.
The American Institute of Architects provides helpful information for homeowners and maintains a local Central Valley chapter website where you can find professionals accepting new work.
You can also check out our Contractor List to see if it includes any design professionals who interest you.
See our ADU Worksheets for a list of questions to ask a potential architect or designer.
Please give us feedback about ADUs in our area. If you leave your contact info, we may be able to get back to you with more information.
If you’re looking for specific advice or information about your property and ADU, please use the contact information for El Dorado County or the City of Placerville at the bottom of this website.