Step-by-Step Overview

We simplify the ADU process. From customized design, to all the permitting and paperwork, to every step of construction and installation, we handle it all so you don’t have to.

Phase 1

Initial Phone Call

Our team will conduct a quick phone call to understand your goals and vision for your backyard, as well as if Backyard Estates is a good fit for you.

Virtual Site Visit

We will meet on Zoom and go in depth in which ADU you want, how it will be oriented in your yard, and some additional site-specific costs that are unique to your yard.

Site Visit and Design

We visit your property to create ADU installation gameplan. Lastly, we will finalize all of your design choices.

Detailed Proposal

We present our project proposal, how much it will cost, and what the timeline will be.

Phase 2


With our financial partner (or your own), we will guide you through the process of getting the necessary financing.


We will submit all the necessary permitting with your city to make sure your ADU is approved and legal.


If you're doing a prefab unit, our manufacturing partner will take your design, and make it a reality in as little as 3 months.

Phase 3

On-Site Work

Remove obstructions, build the foundation, and prepare necessary utility/piping connections.


Our goal is to be in and out of your property in 12 weeks. Our crews are efficient, friendly, and accurate.

Certificate of Occupancy

Once installation is done, the city will review the ADU and grant this certificate. You may now live in or rent out your ADU!

All Inclusive Pricing

Our prices include everything, property specific analysis, permitting, design, engineering, construction, and installation. We even include all of the kitchen appliances, site prep, utility hookups, etc.