These private apartments are created specifically by repurposing a spare bedroom. Called Junior Accessory Dwelling Units in code, but more commonly known as Jr. Units, they consist of a living, sleeping, food preparation area, and a private or shared bath. They have a private entrance and are separate from the main living area, however, the connecting door remains and can be secured from both sides.
Lilypad developed and is advancing legislation creating a simple and inexpensive permitting track for these special units. We are educating the public about the benefits of this type of flexible housing and facilitating policy and zoning changes to support their development.
Jr. Units count toward Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) numbers recommended by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). And we are working to identify financing partners to help homeowners build these units.