What we do:

We work with homeowners and homebuyers to create accessory dwelling units (ADUs and JADUs) that are private, legal, independent living spaces. Lilypad Homes understands the new state and local laws that make it easier than ever to create new housing units through infill development.   

Can you create an ADU on your own? Yes, but it’s a complex and time-consuming process, and not everyone has the design and construction knowledge to optimize the possibilities of their property.  Lilypad Homes will improve the outcome of your project by incorporating privacy and small-space design elements and save you money by planning ahead for ADU permitting and code complexities.


Feasibility Assessments

Each property is unique and each jurisdiction has its own code idiosyncrasies. Lilypad Homes can evaluate the possibilities for your property, taking into consideration your current and future household needs, small space design elements, cost, etc. Our team understands the importance of privacy, sound-proofing, separate access, and other aspects of the ADU experience. We can quickly assess your home and lot to identify the options for creating your ADU or JADU. A written report outlines the feasible options along with local code details.

This service is also valuable to homeowners with existing “informal” units who wish to explore legalizing them and for those contemplating Home Sharing (renting rooms without the construction of a separate unit).

A Feasibility Assessment for a single property in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties is $450, with a $200 credit applied to future design services. View a sample report.


Home Buyers Service: If you are shopping for a home with ADU potential in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties, we also provide Feasibility Assessments for Home Buyers. See more info here.


Design Services

It takes talent and experience in designing small efficient spaces to carve out a comfortable, aesthetically-pleasing unit from an existing home, build out a garage, or add a detached unit on a property. Lilypad Homes knows ADU design — from tiny kitchens to maximizing storage to making spaces seem larger. Our design process begins with measuring the proposed ADU space and drafting an as-built plan of the property, which is needed for design and permitting. We’ll develop a preliminary design that addresses your goals and objectives, and work with you toward a final design. During the design phase, we will consult with Planning and Permitting as needed. Upon completion of the design phase, Lilypad can deliver plans for permitting and construction. 


Consulting Services

We assist Marin and Sonoma county homeowners with our ADU expertise in the following areas:

●      Research and attempt to resolve conflicts between code requirements and unit plans

●      Apply for planning approvals and permits

●      Prepare for rental of new unit

We can also refer homeowners to trusted experts in related fields such as architects, contractors, property managers, modular home manufacturers, ADU financing partners, and professional organizers to assist with downsizing.


I found Lilypad Homes online while trying to figure out how to generate income from an extra room and bathroom in my new home. I wanted to create housing for a working professional or a student; one that offered privacy for both of us. Rachel came to my home and immediately saw the vision that I could not see. She mapped out a functional layout, helped me choose materials, and, perhaps most important of all, relieved me of the anxiety of having to figure it all out by myself.

Thanks to my ADU I brought my earning needs down by $18,000/year! Many homeowners have the desire to age in place or create ‘right livelihood’ by minimizing expenses, but we don’t have the local code knowledge and 3D visioning capabilities that Lilypad Homes brings to the table. They are worth their weight in gold. ADUs are the future!
— Eliza K.