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Granny Units, ADU’s, and Other Small Spaces: Construction, Design and Finance Considerations


Have you ever wondered what exactly the difference is between a tiny house, an accessory dwelling Unit (ADU), a small cottage, or a “granny unit?” Have you thought about building a small structure on your property and wondered what the positives and negatives might be for each type of structure? Do you have questions about design concepts for small living spaces? Would you like information about local rules and regulations as they apply to buildings like these, or information about financial options available through the county of Santa Cruz for ADU’s?

This workshop will help demystify and untangle some of the concepts and help you move forward. You will hear from professionals in the fields of residential design and construction, and from the Santa Cruz County Planning Department.

The first Saturday presentation will cover Santa Cruz County’s rules, regulations, and definitions for tiny homes, accessory dwelling units
(ADU’s) and efficiency units, as well as information about the Accessory Dwelling Unit Forgivable Loan Program. This session will cover:

  • Review of construction constraints, dimension and features, land use rules, and issues that pertain to vehicles (Tiny House) versus real property (ADU’s).
  • A review of the permit application process, including zoning issues, for small structures such as ADU’s.
  • The purpose of the County’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Forgivable Loan Program, as well as the program guidelines.
The second Saturday session will cover concepts relating to architecture and the design of small living spaces. This session will include:
  • Overview of building design strategies with special emphasis on small structures and small living spaces.
  • Discussion regarding how passive solar materials and energy efficient systems can be used as part of the design.
  • Review of working drawings for buildings.
  • Slide presentation of completed structures as examples of the design concepts.

COMING SOON!
2 Sat., April 7 & 14
9:00 am - 4;00 pm

Sat., April 7 –
Solari Green Tech Center in Watsonville, Room C108
Sat., April 14 –
Aptos Campus STEM Center, Room 801
Register before March 25: $110
Register after March 25: $125

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INSTRUCTOR TEAM:

Jim Heaney, Cabrillo Construction Code Instructor and Plans Inspector for Santa Cruz County Planning Department.

Bill Fisher, Cabrillo Architecture Instructor and owner of William Fisher Architecture, Inc.




Landlording Made Easy

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If you are a landlord, or are thinking about becoming one, this class will provide you with the basics of managing real estate. Learn how to legally advertise, screen applicants, develop procedures and build excellent tenant relationships.

We will cover the ins and outs of a proper lease, the necessary addendum, and what you can and can’t put into a lease. Know the documentation needed to protect you, the property and the tenant. We’ll go over basic Fair Housing laws and legal requirements with tips and tricks to lead to an easier land lording experience.

Bring your lunch if you want to participate in one-on-one Q & A time.

Sat., March 16
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Room: 425

Register before Jan. 28: $90
Register after Jan. 28: $98
plus $20 materials fee payable at registration

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Kathleen Richards, MS, MPM, Broker/Owner of a local Property Management company. She has professionally managed real estate for 15 years and has served on local and state boards for property mgmt. trade associations. She published Property Management A-Z in 2015.




Beekeeping Basics and Honeybee Biology

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Whether you are interested in learning sustainable backyard beekeeping practices or just want a better understanding of how these delicate, intricate creatures benefit us and our planet, you will leave this class a-buzz with new energy!

This course covers hive structure, colony dynamics and delve into basic honeybee biology. We will discuss the history of beekeeping, from honey production to pollination contracts, and discuss current trends (and rifts) in colony management practices. Weather permitting, there will be a field trip to Emily's Apiary in Santa Cruz for a real-life "hive dive".

By the end of the course, students who are interested in obtaining their own hive will have a good working understanding of equipment, tools, management practices, bee biology, and how we can work together to support these very vital pollinators.

This class is appropriate for adults with little to no experience in keeping bees.

2 Sat., Feb. 23 & March 2
9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Room: 1606

Register before Jan. 28: $68
Register after Jan. 28: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

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Emily Bondor - see bio below




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Intermediate Beekeeping

 

 

This class is designed for students with knowledge of beekeeping, and those who have beehives. We will discuss keeping bees locally, the way to start a hive (package versus nucleus), and different option for foundation. The class will focus on IPM approaches, different options for tackling parasitic Varroa mites, and seasonal hive management techniques. We will review natural approaches to IPM in place of harsh chemicals.

Students will be encouraged to compare notes and strategies, and to foster community engagement and mentorship. Students will leave with detailed knowledge about treating for Varroa mites, and a seasonal outline for hive management. 

Sat., April 13
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1605

Register before Jan. 28: $68
Register after Jan. 28: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

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Emily Bondor is a bay area Beekeeper and Educator. Her expertise is in promoting responsible honeybee genetics and breeding queens from locally adapted genetic stock. She works in Napa Valley managing bee-hives and is currently pursuing Master Beekeeping Classes through the Honeybee Lab at UC Davis.




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Build Your Dream House

 

Your home should be a sacred place that nobody can ever take away. One way to get such a place is to build it yourself; that way you will have little or no mortgage. You don’t need a license to build your own house. You can build your own house and be mortgage free in just a few years without the worries about losing your house to foreclosure.

This 3-hour class will steer you in the right direction to building your own house for the least amount of money. Learn how to: buy land at huge discounts; buy materials for next to nothing and build it green; design your house for ease of construction; live on your property rent free while you build; use unconventional financing; and get the best help for the least cost.


Sat., May 4
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Room: 429
Register before March 25: $58
Register after March 25: $65

plus $20 material fee for text payable in class

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David Cook, author of Build Your Dream House for a Song, is a former salesman and restaurant owner. He'd barely picked up a hammer before starting work on his dream house in Marin County. Since building his house in Northern California, David Cook has started teaching would-be homebuilders his secrets to home ownership--truly believing that everyone should be able to live in a dream home he or she owns free and clear.




Designing Your Bathroom for the 21st Century

 

While your bathroom may be the smallest room in your home, it can be the most complicated to remodel. Will a face lift be sufficient or do you need to tear everything down to the 2 x 4’s. Are you interested in learning about “greener” options? Wondering how to incorporate the “latest” and not get a “dated” design? Is universal design important to you? Are you lacking storage? What are the best lighting solutions? Can you make your bathroom bigger without breaking the bank? Are you wondering how much “things” cost or how to avoid cost overruns? Do you want to have a great relationship with your contractor and subcontractors? This class will help you understand what information you need before you start talking to contractors.

Students will be mailed a flash drive with all the course materials prior to the class. If enrollment occurs less than 1-week before the class date the flash drive will be given in class.

Sat., May 4
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Room: 1605
Register before March 25:  $58
Register after March 25:  $64
Plus $20 materials fee paid at registration

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Yvonne Ross - see bio below




Designing Your Kitchen for the 21st Century

 

Whether you are planning a face-lift, a complete overhaul - or not sure which - this workshop will help you avoid the “if I had only known” syndrome. Do you want to know the pros and cons of custom versus ready-made cabinets? Is engineered stone or natural stone ideal for your kitchen? Are you interested in “greener” options? Wondering how to incorporate the “latest” and not get a “dated” design? Is universal design important to you? Are you wondering how much “things” cost or how to avoid cost overruns? Do you want to have a great relationship with your contractor and subcontractors?

This workshop will provide a step by step checklist for planning, designing and preparing for your remodel. Topics include:  design trends versus design pitfalls, steps for getting  a realistic bid, top 10 remodeling mistakes, product comparisons, your responsibilities versus “their” responsibility, along with many other topics that  will help you prepare for your kitchen remodel.  The workshop uses case studies and provides tools so you can work with your contractor(s) to create a kitchen that meets your financial goals and reflects your personal style.

Preparation for class: Bring a lunch. The class moves very quickly and covers a lot of information. It is highly recommended to review the materials and create a list of questions. The first half of workshop will cover “The Steps In Remodel Preparation”  and the second half of workshop will cover “Design Elements – Functional and Aesthetic.”

Students will be mailed a flash drive with all the course materials prior to the class. If enrollment occurs less than 1-week before the class date the flash drive will be given in class.

Sat., May 11
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: 1605
Register before March 25:  $90
Register after March 25:  $98
Plus $20 materials fee paid at registration

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Yvonne Ross has received certifications for kitchen design, green building and lighting design. She has worked as a Designer and Field Project Manager for over 17 years. She has managed all phases of construction including contracts, plan development, permits, material selection and installation for over 350 kitchen and bathroom remodels.




Laundry to Landscape: Hands-on Greywater Recycling Installation Workshop

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With our warmest months approaching it’s a great time to plan for ways to water your land- scaping or spring garden as efficiently as possible. This class gives participants information about how to use, re-purpose and redirect your laundry wastewater for landscape and garden irrigation, and get hands-on experience installing a system in a residential setting.

The first half of the day covers code requirements, greywater compatible products and plants, greywater parts and materials identification, how to calculate irrigation field size and plant water requirements, how to construct a mulch basin, how to create a design for your system, and ultimately how to maintain your greywater system.

After a one hour lunch break we will travel to the workshop installation site, a local resident/volunteer’s home, to complete an installation. Directions to site are given in class.

Don't forget to bring a lunch, sunscreen, a water bottle! If you want to really be "hands on" at the installation, bring your favorite gloves and shovel.

Please note: The workshop starts at 9 am, but please arrive by 8:45 am to check in!

Hands-on installation demonstration will be from 1-4 pm

COMING SOON!
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 711 and off-site for installation, see above for details
Register by May 30: $78
Register after May 30: $85

Register two or more: $ 75 each

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Jim Heaney has been employed at the County of Santa Cruz Planning Department for the past 14 years as a Building Plans Examiner and a Building Inspector.  In addition, Jim is part time faculty at Cabrillo College, where he has been teaching the Commercial and Residential Building Codes, the Uniform Plumbing and Mechanical Codes over the last 12 years.  He is also a volunteer consultant for the Central Coast Greywater Alliance.


 

 

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