Building a newly detached ADU can be quite pricey, but there are some occasions where you can convert a garage into a legally permitted granny flat at a low cost. If you have a 325-600 square foot garage, you can turn it into an ADU with $40-70k out-of-pocket.

However, for this to work, there are some prerequisite attributes, plans and permits  your garage needs to have to qualify for inexpensive conversion. Additionally, your garage needs to meet some structural and zoning requirements for you to convert it into an ADU.

Simply because you have a garage doesn’t mean you can turn into an accessory dwelling unit. Here are some of the prerequisites for performing an inexpensive garage to in-law unit conversion.

1. Garage is permitted

Your garage needs to be initially permitted to convert it into an ADU structure on your property. If not, it may be legally impossible to turn it into a habitable structure, and trying to get it permitted may be very expensive.

2. Zero water intrusion

Water intrusion may affect your process of turning your garage into a permitted ADU structure. This is because you’ll have to replace your garage’s roof and foundation to eliminate the water damage, which is equal to constructing a new ADU from the ground up.

Unfortunately, many garages tend to smell musty, which indicates there is a long-term water intrusion issue. However, if you’re garage doesn’t show any signs of water leakages in several locations, it can be salvageable for garage conversion after minor repairs.

3. Garage has enough space

It is possible to convert a one-car garage to a granny unit, but it will be too small for most individuals. Thus, to avoid wasting your time, money, and resources, don’t convert small garages as the space is not worth the hustle unless you’re looking for a “tiny” house.

Instead, construct a new ADU with enough space for your family.

Hire us

Your garage also needs to have no significant structural issues like foundation sagging to save on the money you spend out-of-pocket. Levi Construction is a home additions company that can help you convert your garage into an ADU.

Contact us today to get quality construction services.

Featured Posts

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 good...

What to Consider When Planning a Home Addition

Consider these factors before planning a home addition. Every year, thousands of homeowners decide to add an addition to their home for increased living space, more functionality, or simply to add a new look to their home. But before you give the home addition the go...

4 Steps To Building An Accessory Dwelling Unit

If you own a suburban dwelling and want an extra source of income, you can build an accessory dwelling unit or ADU close to the main house and rent it out. An ADU is a small standalone house with a separate bathroom and kitchen area. Construction projects are not easy...

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...

Things You Should Do Before You Start Building An ADU

There are many reasons why people build accessory dwelling units (ADU). Some build them to house members of the family while others build them to earn additional income through rent. Regardless of the reason, the fact remains that an ADU is an excellent investment....

What an Open-Plan Addition Can Do for Your Old Home

Reinvent your old home by updating it to modern living standards. It’s no secret that modern families live differently from how they once did, even just a few years ago. As a result, older homes in established areas with boxed-in, individual rooms simply doesn’t cut...

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,...

How to Hire a Contractor: Questions to Ask Before Hiring

Hire the right team to turn your vision into reality. Unless you’re a skilled expert with an abundance of time, you’ll want to hire a professional team of contractors when building or renovating your home. The first step to transforming your ideas on paper into solid...

Going Green While Building Your ADU

If you are looking to build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) or convert a garage into additional living or office space, still, you want to be environmentally responsible about it, here are some ways that you can do just that. Green construction has become more of a...

How to Build a Renovation Plan to Match Your Budget

Stay on target with your budget when renovating your property. When it comes to home remodels, homeowners may feel they have little influence on whether the project stays on budget and is finished in time. However, you may have more control than you think. The scope...