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Wing, Both Buyer and Seller in Sunnyvale, CA

House expansion question

Asked by Wing, Sunnyvale, CA Fri Mar 14, 2008

My house in Sunnyvale (94087) has about 7200 sf lot, zoning R0. The front setback is 40ft. Since the city's limit for front setback is 20ft, and my CC&R also required only 20ft, I plan to push my front line toward the street for 20ft, while still less than the max lot coverage of 45%. I guess I won't have any problem getting the permit, but do I need to care about my neighbors' feelings? What if they oppose it?

Thanks.
Wing

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Hi Wing,

While extending the front set back is not as common as adding on to the rear, as long as it falls within the city's requirements and standards, then you should be okay with the city.

Towards the end of last year, there was a request along the same lines for a home in the 94085 area.

A letter from a neighbor suggested that the change would impact the nature of the street scape. The city took this letter into account and ultimately still approved the home owner's request.

As for feelings, it's nice that you are taking into account your neighbors' feelings. Ultimately, I think it's a case by case basis and you'll want to "tread lightly" in regards to sharing your plans until you know exactly what your options are.

Hope that helps,

Alex
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 14, 2008
Follow-up:
I got a proposal from the architect like below. Does it sound reasonable? Should I consider another proposal? Thanks.

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Subject: One-Story House Addition Design at the above address
1) Add Living room, Master suites, powder room and new two-car garage at front of the existing house.
2) Convert existing garage to living area.

Scope of work:
1. Prepare and provide preliminary floor plan and elevations for discussion.
2. Submit drawings to City’s review and approval.
3. Prepare site plan, floor plans; elevations, construction document and Energy Title 24 for City’s plan check.
4. Coordinate with City and consultants.

Payment schedule:
1. Acceptance of this agreement………………………………………………………$1,000.00
2. Preliminary floor plans and elevations approval……$2,000.00
3. Submit for City’s review and approval………………………………$1,000.00
4. Submit for City’s Building Plan Check………………………………$3,600.00
5. Building Permit ready…………………………………………………………………………$1,000.00
6. The total amount above………………………………………………………………………$8,600.00
7. Work does not include Civil Engineer and Soil Engineer consulting services.
8. The Client shall pay all printing ($2.0 Ea. Sheet) & plotting fee ($20.00 Ea. Sheet); About $250.00
9. The Client shall pay jurisdiction fees.
10. Any additional work will be based on "Time and Material", the
hourly rate is seventy-five ($80.00) dollars, with min. two hour
charge.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 23, 2008
Thank you everyone for the helps.
The houses on my street are not on the same line...
To get a 3-D rendering is really a good idea. I don't want to protrude too much...
I have found a professional architect to do the design for me...

Wing
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 17, 2008
Ahhhh... The beauty of America... Freedom to own property and do what you want with it (unless you have CC&R's, that is sometimes). The good news is that your CC&R's are likely already more restrictive than the city, so you are right... it should be easy getting the permits, and if the neighbors complain, they are complaining not only against you, but against the city and community for allowing it. That may not be easy. I would definitely recommend spending a little time/money on building a model or having a 3D rendering done though, that includes the street view of the neighboring properties. You don't want to spend all that money on the project only to feel that your home (now upgraded beyond the conforming value of the neighborhood) is an eyesore or sticks out awkwardly. Now if your neighborhood has mostly custom homes, that won't be as much of a problem. The aesthetics of additions is crucial, especially in tract neighborhoods.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 14, 2008
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