Converting Garage into ADU

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Converting Garage into ADU

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Our team of professional designers and craftsmen is ready to turn your ideas into a reality. From small adjustments to a major Transformation to an A.D.U overhaul, from transitional to contemporary designs, we’ll transform your current Converting Garage into ADU into a space that meets your vision and your needs.

If you own a single-family home anywhere in California with residential zoning, then yes, you can build a Converting Garage into ADU Each city and county have slightly different requirements for converting your garage into a rental. Still, thanks to laws passed by the State of California, as of January 2017, every California homeowner can convert their attached or detached garage into a livable, rentable dwelling unit.

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When you Converting Garage into ADU, you increase the property value in most instances because you add habitable square footage to the overall property. And since single-family homes are appraised based on the home’s characteristics and the useable square footage, the Converting Garage into ADU will increase the property’s value.

But the other side of the coin is that you are converting your garage, which is a valuable amenity in California. A loss of a standard two-car garage will most likely decrease your home’s value, offsetting some of the property value increase you gain with the new ADU’s addition.

Converting Garage into ADU is typically quicker to permit, and the construction timeline is much faster than building a new unit from scratch.

Many Converting Garage into ADU can be designed, permitted, and built within 6 months. That is a really quick way to add liveable space to your property.

You will need to evaluate whether your garage’s loss is a big deal and how it might affect your property’s desirability for a future owner.

Converting Garage into ADU

Converting Garage into ADU

Accessory Dwelling Unit (A.D.U)

An Converting Garage into ADU is an attached ADU or detached ADU residential dwelling unit that provides complete independent living facilities for one or more persons and is located on a lot with a proposed or existing primary residence. It shall include permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation on the same lot as the single-family or multifamily dwelling is or will be situated.

Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (J.A.D.U) junior ADU

A Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit is a unit that is no more than 500 square feet in size and contained entirely within a single-family residence. A JADU may include separate sanitation facilities or may share sanitation facilities with the existing structure. The JADU or single-family residence shall be owner-occupied. A JADU uses existing home infrastructure systems like HVAC, electricity, and plumbing. It may contain a basic kitchen and share a bathroom with the main home, all to reduce the build costs.

Converting Garage into ADU

ADUs, JADUs, and MTHs are allowed in any zone that allows for residential use by right. Parking for a newly constructed ADU is not required when it is located within one-half mile walking distance of public transit. Replacement parking is not required when covered parking is removed in conjunction with the Converting Garage into ADU.

As examples, we can look at three different garage conversion adu projects and the approximate cost of each.

Garage Conversion #1 – Modest and Simple
Estimated budget $120,000+

The fastest and least expensive garage conversion type is to leave the existing garage structure 100% intact. This means no additional square footage added and no changes to the overall structure of the garage.

In this scenario, you would add an efficient kitchen, a small ¾ bathroom, a mini-split HVAC system for heating and cooling, and bring the electrical up to code for a living unit. Additionally, building finish materials would be modest and simple (i.e., No designer plumbing fixtures or fancy kitchen cabinets and countertops).

A project like this will end with a nice, clean ADU that will be safe and livable but without any bells and whistles.

Garage Conversion Example #2 – Big Structural Upgrades
Estimated budget $160,000+

You may find that a straight garage conversion is not exactly what you need. Maybe your garage is old and needs structural upgrades. Or perhaps you want to create vaulted/lofted ceilings or small addition to make the ADU feel larger.

In this scenario, the ADU would have a larger kitchen and a full bathroom. The electrical and gas services will be individually metered so that the A.D.U will be billed separately for utilities. And your contractor will alter the roof structure to create a lofted/vaulted ceiling.

A project with this budget will feel like a small custom home, and the interiors will feel larger and more luxurious. A separate bedroom area adds privacy to the conversion.

Garage Conversion Example #3 – Full Custom Rebuild
Estimated budget $250,000+

The next and final level of modular ADU garage conversion is the fully custom rebuild. The rebuild will include the demolition of the existing garage, and the rebuild will consist of a much larger floorplan or a 2nd story addition.

In this scenario, the owner can choose a genuinely custom floorplan to match their lifestyle. The new ADU will retain no evidence that it was ever built initially as a garage. The ADU will feature luxury finishes to match any taste and can include multiple living and sleeping areas.

An ADU project like this will add substantially more value to the property than it will cost to build and is a perfect option for homeowners wanting to create a beautiful home office or guest suite on their property.

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