California-based startup Samara has revealed more details of its factory-produced studio and one-bedroom units. The company, led by Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia and former Flex CEO Mike McNamara, will now introduce a selection of customizable ADU units, collectively known as the Backyard Series, to Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Pricing for the Backyard San Francisco model is $299,000 for a 430-square-foot studio unit and $399,000 for a 550-square-foot one-bedroom unit. Numbers reducing $10,000 for Southern California models. Customers can also choose from five colors, two roof designs, and customizable windows, doors, and decks.
“Built from durable, state-of-the-art materials, precision-engineered, and assembled in a factory, Backyard is designed to last a lifetime,” Samara said. “It harvests enough solar energy to power itself, and we’ve made it incredibly easy to get by taking care of the entire build process.”
“We owned every square inch of Backyard, from the custom cabinetry in our signature kitchen to the airflow and duct layout of our whisper-quiet central heating and cooling system,” the company added.
Similar to other design-build disruptors recently featured on Archinect, Samara offers an all-inclusive Backyard service, including design, building permits, construction, and installation. The entire design process for Backyard takes place on the Samara website, where a simple user interface prompts users to select and customize their unit’s features, from paneling materials to cabinet finishes.
The release of Backyard is a significant step for Samara, who started at Airbnb in 2016 as an internal innovation team. Earlier this year, the company disbanded to become an independent startup, though Airbnb retains a minority stake in the company. Samara’s founding team is made up entirely of Airbnb alumni, including Airbnb co-founder Gebbia, who left his full-time position at Airbnb in July to fully devote himself to the startup.
Samara’s decision to launch Backyard in California can be seen as a response to the state’s accommodating attitude towards ADUs. As we reported last year, Los Angeles recently attempted to facilitate ADU construction by releasing an ADU standard plan program with 14 pre-approved plans. Last month, we also reported on the rapid increase in ADU applications in San Diego as cities along the west coast grapple with ongoing housing shortages.