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Cover raises $1.6 million to make in-law units easy to add to any backyard

Cover raises $1.6 million to make in-law units easy to add to any backyard
From TechCrunch - May 9, 2017

Whether you call them granny units, in-laws or backyard studios, accessory dwelling units are rising in popularity in the U.S., in part due to new regulations that make it easier to obtain permits to build them in California.

Now, a startup called Cover Technologies Inc. has raised $1.6 million in seed funding to give accessory dwelling units a high-tech makeover. General Catalyst and Khosla Ventures led the round.

According to Cover co-founder and CEO Alexis Rivas, the Gardena, Calif. startup is on a mission to make well-designed and energy-efficient housing affordable and accessible.Were the first to use software to make custom-designed housing possible, and scalable as a business, Rivas said.

Covers software helps people determine what kind of livable shed theyre permitted to build on their properties, according to local regulations. It jogs them through a survey of 50 to 100 questions about the land theyre building on, and how they plan to use the new living space, then churns out design options.

Other companies that offer prefab housing, for exampleBlu Homes,presentusers with a list of alreadydesigned layoutsand let them figure out the rest. Most people still rely on contractors and architects for custom work to design and install an in-law or shed where they live.

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