You and Your Architect
If this is your first time hiring an architect, we highly recommend you check out this excellent guide by the American Institute of Architects. It’s great at explaining the whole building process from a clients point of view.
Accessory Dwelling Units
This manual gives a comprehensive guide to Santa Cruz’s Accessory Dwelling Unit programme. Created in 2003 to counter Santa Cruz’s expensive housing market, ADU’s are an affordable way for homeowners to create a separate housing unit attached to or adjacent to the main house.
City of Santa Cruz Planning Department
If your property is within the City of Santa Cruz, this website is an invaluable resource for zoning and permitting information.
Santa Cruz County Planning Department
If your property is within the County of Santa Cruz but not within the jurisdiction of the City, this website is the place to find your zoning and permitting information.
Drought Tolerant Landscaping
This website has some great information on landscaping in Santa Cruz County.
Sign-in, pick your favorites and link-in your designer. One of the great ways to share ideas and design your space the way you want it.
Great Local Resources
Green Space Company
A great local store that stocks beautiful and environmentally responsible products. Fun to browse with helpful and well informed staff.
Habitat Santa Cruz
This store provides affordable and lightly used recycled building products and furniture.
Woodstove and Sun
If you are interested in a fireplace, Woodstove and Sun has a terrific showroom and knowledgeable staff.
Santa Cruz Millwork
If you’re looking at windows or doors, this is a great place to start.
Green Products We Love
If you’re looking for environmentally sustainable cabinets, they don’t come better than these.
Exquisite, environmentally friendly, local… what more can we say?
Structural Insulated Panels
SIPS are an exciting new high-performance building system, that makes prefabrication an environmentally responsible, affordable choice for new build projects.
Gorgeous translucent resin screens made with your own choice of natural material, embedded right into them.