You can add space to your home by converting your garage into a living space to accommodate your extended family members. Whether you have a one-car garage or a two-car garage, turning it into an ADU is a wise option since it adds space and increases your home’s value.

However, if it’s your first time dealing with accessory dwelling units, you are bound to make mistakes that can cost you in the future. Therefore, before beginning your garage conversions, here are some dos and don’ts that can guide you to make informed decisions.

DO:

1. Consider function

You can convert your garage into various home additions, e.g., kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, or a tiny house. All these have different requirements and construction processes that adhere to various legal and zoning laws.
For instance, if you want to convert your garage into a tiny house, you’ll need to set up a kitchen and a bathroom, and your construction permit needs to allow this.

2. Consider space

The space you have in your garage affects your budget and the home addition you choose. For example, turning a one-car garage into a tiny house isn’t worth the hustle as the space is too small. Alternatively, you can turn it into a bathroom, kitchen, or office.

3. Get a permit

The type of permit you’ll need for your garage conversion depends on the kind of structure you want to create. Ensure you obtain this permit to avoid any illegal problems and maintain the safety of your project.

DON’T:

1. Hire anyone

The key to a successful garage conversion is to hire a professional contractor with experience in ADU. You can ask your friends and family for recommendations and ensure your contractor is licensed.

2. Forget parking space

The daily use of your garage determines whether you can keep it as it is or convert it. For instance, if you have no parking space in your front yard, converting your garage isn’t wise as you’ll lose your car’s parking space.

3. Hire us

Garage conversions are large home improvement projects that require time and experience for safe and successful completion. Levi Design Build is a professional when it comes to garage conversions and ADUs. Contact us today for your garage conversion.

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