What Our Clients Say
"We are working on our second ADU project with the ADUC team - we love working with them. I have, over the course of my 35 year career as a structural engineer, worked with scores of local architects. I am very impressed not only with their problem solving ability and level of creativity but also how very quickly they are able to suggest and explore various options. The ADU Collective team consistently does a fantastic job of heading off agency hurdles and making sure the projects are positioned to head those problems off at the pass."
Daniel G Lewin
"The team at ADU Collective worked tirelessly to make my vision into reality.
In particular, Jess (our architect) and Shannon (our interior designer) iterated over and over with us until our space was exactly as we wanted it in terms of aesthetic, functionality, and space efficiency.
Lastly, the ADUC team went above and beyond to facilitate and mediate any concerns or frustrations with vendors and third parties, which alleviated a lot of stress, start to finish.
THANK YOU ADUC!"
“I engaged Jessica to design a new ADU in 2008 and worked with her extensively during the design process. She was great about taking my general (and often vague) ideas and converting them into a fantastic design. She really did a wonderful job of making sure that the new house fit with the look, aesthetics, and general feel of my main house and the backyard in general. Jessica was also able to navigate the complicated and sometimes contradictory requirements of the Palo Alto building department and took care of all the permitting for the project.
One really great thing about Jessica is she didn't just hand the builder a set of plans and walk away. Instead she was really involved during the construction phase and was often on site making sure everything went according to plan. She had a great interaction with the contractor which really helped to make sure everyone had the same vision.
I've had many people comment on how great the new guest house is and that it fits in so well that it looks like it was always there. I use it every day as my office when guests aren't over and I absolutely love it.
In fact, I was so happy with her work that I hired her for some remodels on my main house and they came out fantastic.
I can absolutely recommend Jess - she is great! In fact, both my sisters have hired her and my parents will probably do the same. None of them knew they wanted to do a remodel but her work really inspired them.
"Great people to work with- knowledgeable, creative, and listened to what we wanted and envisioned, then delivered."
"We had an exceptional experience working with ADU Collective. We loved the modern design aesthetic and they brought a lot of creativity that helped us maximize our use of space. They were excellent at helping us manage our project, including helping us navigate the Palo Alto City approval process and the web of changing ADU regulations. We could not recommend ADUC more."
“Jessica arrived at our original project at a critical and chaotic time and was able to professionally and efficiently pull together a very successful solution in spite of the challenges. We have since engaged her to design a much larger and more complex project. We are not only delighted with her fantastic architectural style, but as importantly her ability to incorporate maximum efficiency.
We don’t know what to rate as her greatest asset; her professionalism, her style of communication and collaboration; the personal care and concern she demonstrates throughout the project and of course, her unique gift in design. In addition, she has been a spot on resource beyond her scope of work by volunteering recommendations for project management, great people, products and price.
She is that bright light we all hope to find as we fumble our way down the dark tunnel of construction.”
"When we first met our architect Jessica, finding a superhero was not foremost on our minds. Mainly we were looking for creativity and functionality, someone who could help us translate our needs and ideas into feasible plans. In fact, one of the selling points she gave when we initially interviewed her was her ability to listen. She did listen, and ultimately delivered a design that we love, despite the limitations of square footage and physics. It was a fun process, and we looked forward to our meetings with Jess as the plans and ideas evolved.
Her superpowers, however, were not immediately apparent, until we sat together in a city planning meeting discussing roof lines and aesthetics; without warning she suddenly code-switched and spoke with the planners like an expert. The same thing followed in exchanges with structural engineers, contractors, city workers and green consultants. She knew what they were talking about, too!
Like any self-respecting superhero, Jessica could also walk the walk, as it turned out. She's crawled into our crawl space to measure the spacing of the supports, and scaled our roof in a single bound, to determine the best views for our second story windows . Our experienced contractor has remarked more than once that Jess' plans are the most detailed he's ever seen. So here's to you, Jessica. Our "gidniffs" will forever be "burukated", and we thank you."
Permitting in Palo Alto is hard and I imagine getting an ADU permitted in Palo Alto is even harder. ADU Collective has a lot of experience with ADUs and was able to get our ADU designed and permitted quickly. I highly recommend chatting with Jessica and her team if you're thinking about building an ADU in Palo Alto.