Often homeowners are confronted with the need for additional living space for extended families, for setting up office space or even to add space for entertaining and hosting parties. Converting your garage into an ADU allows you the flexibility of owning more space, or renting that space out to potential renters. This is where a garage conversion can make sense for many Los Angeles homeowners.
Converting a garage into a living space can have you taking advantage of space that you already own, a structure that is ready with walls and a roof, and often even electrical connections. If you convert it into a complete living apartment, you can even rent it out and ease the burden of your still existing mortgage payments. The garage will already have load-bearing walls, a large door, a roof, and electricity.
What you need to make the space into a livable area is light, probably some insulation, a proper floor, and added power if needed. Planning a bathroom or any other plumbing system can be an additional cost that can raise a lot of problems but is one that can be solved with some ingenuity and thought.
Converting a garage means that you will no more be available to use it for storage or parking your vehicles, and you will have to either build a carport or park on the street if zoning laws in your area allow it. Building an additional structure in your yard could reduce open area, and can be much more expensive because of the need for foundations, walls, and roofs for your new structure.
You will, however, have to reconcile with losing your protected parking space. Garage conversion means that you have the same yard space as before, have the advantage of a structure that is already built.
Hiring a contractor, like Los Angeles ADU Builder will speed up the process and make your home improvement project look professional.
You will have to consider garage conversion cost, how many square feet you'd like it to be, and if street parking is an option. You will also need to consider having a backyard studio, 1 bedroom, or 2 bedroom adu. For a garage conversion project, you will need to research local Los Angeles zoning codes, which we can handle for you prior to converting your garage.
Your new converted living area will have to fulfill all the conditions and building codes. Pulling permits for the conversion is also an essential step in building your ADU. After the city approves the plans we install walls, windows, doors, a full electrical system, and water supply and drainage.
Los Angeles ADU Builder can help you coordinate all these details and give you our expert advice. Contact us today to learn how you can easily convert your garage to an ADU that works for you!