If you want to turn your garage into an apartment, you will find that it can add around an additional 400 square feet of living space. Of course, qualified garage conversions contractors will walk you through the process, but it is important to understand everything that it entails.

First step

The first step in the process is to apply at your town hall or county courthouse for the permits and plans you will need in order to complete this project legally. The permits need to be obtained in order to add plumbing and the necessary wiring to your garage to make it an apartment. You will also need an inspector to visit, whether you plan to live there yourself or rent it out to a tenant.

Once these tasks are completed, the next step is to assess the garage door. Garage conversions contractors will advise you to let them convert it into a wall for your apartment. However, another option is to have it converted to a bay window, but this is a bit more difficult.

Next step

Other steps in the conversion process include measuring the slope of the garage floor. The floor will have to be leveled before you can use the space as an apartment. In most cases, you will have to have concrete laid in order to do this.

Since a concrete floor can be unsightly, you may want to have the floor painted as part of the conversion process. Matte enamel paint is generally your best choice for this type of surface. Concrete can be slippery but the enamel paint will eliminate that problem. It also helps add color to your new apartment, which will help when it comes time to decorate it.

Final step

The few remaining steps in the process include extending the pipes as well as the wiring to the garage. You also need to ensure that the new apartment will be able to get cool air and heat as needed. If connecting it to the heating and air conditioning in your house is a problem, you can always purchase a window unit air conditioner and a space heater for the new apartment.

To find out more about garage conversions, speak to us at Levi Design Build today.

Featured Posts

3 Ways To Transform Your Garage

Converting your garage is a simpler, more cost-effective way of creating extra space in your home without having to extend your property or move. Often used as a dumping ground for old possessions you no longer have any use for, it may be time to clear out your old...

The Basics of a Garage Conversion in Los Angeles

The Basics of a Garage Conversion in Los Angeles When it comes to optimizing your living spaces in Los Angeles to increase your property's value, improve your living experience or make some extra cash by leasing part of your home's areas, a garage conversion has...

Designing a Floor Plan for Your California Home

Map out your perfect home with the help of Californian design and building experts Designing your own dream home is a significant and daunting task. While you may have many ideas you want to incorporate, you also need to be practical and work within a budget to...

3 Step-Guide On How to Build a Room Addition

3 Step-Guide on How to Build a Room Addition When it comes to adding a whole new room to your home living space, there are many different aspects to conscientiously consider to enable your project to be an utter success. Through this guide, we will highlight, to what...

Obtaining a Permit for Your Major Remodel in Los Angeles

Part of every major home remodel in Los Angeles is obtaining the necessary building permit for your project. The city of Los Angeles requires a permit to be issued for different types of work including structural, plumbing and electrical to name a few. In this post,...

The Process of Starting a Room Addition

Determine the most common types of room additions – and what could be best for you! When you’re considering a home remodel, it’s okay to think outside of your existing square footage. Adding another room is a popular service within the building industry, and for...

Some Great Guest House Design Ideas to Brainstorm Over

Check out a few purposes for building a guest house on your property. Years ago, it was incredibly difficult to obtain a permit to add a guest house or convert your garage into a studio. Thanks to a new state law, California is now issuing homeowners permits to build...

7 tips to hire an ideal building contractor in Los Angeles

Not every building contractor is fit to work on every project, so before you decide, having the proper discernment will ultimately optimize your investment. The 7 most important tips to hire the ideal building contractor. 1. Know what you want and why. It may seem...

Complete Home Rebuild Case Study

Studio City Complete Home Rebuild - [Case Study] Complete Home Re-Builds, especially in Los Angeles, are always our favorite projects. Not because we do not enjoy a home addition, or a complete house remodel, but because it gives us the opportunity, with our client,...

Layout of A Granny Flat: Essentials Of The Unit

Granny flats are self-contained living units on a property that are a part of or separate from the main house. Granny flat is just another name for an ADU (Additional Dwelling Unit).  People, not just grandparents, can live in a granny unit independently and...