Upcoming presentations given by Lilypad staff

  • If you would like us to talk to your organization about accessory dwelling units, please contact us.


  • City of Napa Workshop

   Monday, December 11, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at City of Napa Senior Center (details – English) (details – Spanish)

Upcoming courses taught by Lilypad staff

  • Creating a Private Rental Unit

   Wednesdays January 31 and February 7, 2018 from 2:10 to 4:00 PM at College of Marin in Kentfield – registration link will be added here after January 2

          Tuesdays May 1 and 8, 2018 from 2:10 to 4:00 PM at College of Marin in Kentfield

  • Maximize Your Home’s Value and Flexibility with a Legal In-Law Unit 

     Wednesdays March 7 and 14, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Drake High School in San Anselmo (register)

     Mondays May 14 and 21, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley

  • Creating Value with a Legal, Private Rental Apartment

     Thursdays April 19 and 26, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Petaluma campus of Santa Rosa Junior College – registration link will be added here when it becomes available

All of the courses cover the same material.  Course Description: Do you need extra income? Do you have more home than you need, but don’t want a roommate? Do you need a live-in caregiver? Does your aging parent or returning child need a place to live? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and are a homeowner, creating a private accessory dwelling unit (a.k.a. second unit or in-law apartment) could address your need.

Recent changes in state and local zoning code have removed long-standing barriers, making it possible for many homeowners to create legal accessory dwelling units. A simple permitting process has also been introduced to turn a spare bedroom into a “junior” accessory dwelling unit. 

Come learn what it would take to create a private living space in your home. Course topics include a description of the various types of units, zoning requirements, financing options, rental considerations, and the steps involved in adding a cottage or transforming a garage, basement, or bedroom into a comfortable living unit. The second class will be an interactive session during which the instructor will answer questions and review layouts of participants’ homes for accessory dwelling unit potential.


Video introduction to junior accessory dwelling units

The Lilypad founder joins a panel of Marin County women to discuss the role junior accessory dwelling units can play in financing life transitions with real estate on the Women on Money television show – May, 2016

Watch the Lilypad founder discuss junior accessory dwelling units at the September 17, 2015 Fairfax Planning Commission meeting (starts 2 minutes and 50 seconds into the recording)