Garage Conversions ADU

Garage Conversion ADUs in Los Angeles: The 2024 Guide

Unlock the hidden potential of your garage. Our 2024 guide covers the latest LA regulations, costs, design inspiration, and how 360 Builders can make your garage conversion a success.

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Garages across Los Angeles hold more than just cars and clutter. They could become stylish rental units, comfortable guest spaces, or the home offices you’ve always wanted. Garage conversion ADUs offer unique benefits, and with recent changes to LA regulations, it’s easier than ever to turn your garage into a valuable asset.

Understanding Garage Conversion ADUs

  • Advantages: Garage conversions are often faster and more cost-effective than building an ADU from scratch. You already have a foundation, walls, and maybe even a roof in place!
  • Regulations: While zoning for garage conversions can be more flexible, there are still rules regarding setbacks, utilities, and structural changes. Our team will guide you through it all.
  • Design: It takes creativity to turn a utilitarian garage into a livable space. 360 Builders excels at maximizing layout and bringing in natural light for bright, welcoming conversions.

2024 Los Angeles Garage ADU Regulations

Here’s the good news: Recent updates make garage conversions even more accessible in LA.

  • Reduced Setbacks: Garages converted to ADUs may now be located as close as 2 feet from side and rear property lines in some zones.
  • Increased Height Allowances: Some areas now permit garage conversions to reach a maximum of 18 feet in height, opening up the possibility for two-story designs.
  • Parking Waivers: If your property is within half a mile of a major transit line, you likely won’t need to replace lost garage parking when creating an ADU.

Garage Conversion vs. New ADU: Which Is Right for You?

  • Lot Size: If your lot is small, a garage conversion may be your best option.
  • Structural Condition: A garage in poor condition may be more costly to convert. Consider factors like the foundation, roof, and existing framing.
  • Goals: Need an ADU with multiple bedrooms? A new build might offer more flexibility.

The 360 Builders Garage Conversion Process

  1. Assessment: We evaluate your garage’s suitability, potential layout, and any necessary structural updates.
  2. Design: We blend your goals with the garage’s existing footprint for a smart, stylish ADU.
  3. Permitting: Our expertise in LADBS permits ensures a smooth process, especially with conversions.
  4. Construction: Transforming your garage efficiently, minimizing disruption to your main home.
  5. Move-in Ready: Your new ADU awaits, adding square footage and value!

Garage Conversion Success Story

Client Testimonial: “The Smiths were tired of their cluttered garage and saw its potential. 360 Builders transformed it into a beautiful one-bedroom ADU for their visiting parents. They now enjoy added privacy and the boost in property value.” – The Smith Family, Los Angeles

Cost Considerations for Garage Conversion ADUs

While garage conversions can save money, costs still vary. We provide upfront pricing and explore factors like:

  • Garage Size & Condition: A 400 sq ft garage conversion will naturally be less expensive than an 800 sq ft one.
  • Level of Finishes: High-end appliances and finishes will increase the project budget.
  • Plumbing & Electrical Needs: The extent of necessary upgrades will impact the cost.

Design Inspiration

  • Cozy Studio ADU
  • Modern Workspace
  • Multipurpose Conversion

Ready to Convert Your Garage?

If you’re ready to unlock the potential hiding in your garage, 360 Builders is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your free garage assessment and start envisioning your new ADU!

360Builders is a Los Angeles based construction company specializing in new construction and multi-family ADUs. We pride ourselves on providing safe, cost-effective solutions to all our customers’ construction needs.


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