Tips for converting a garage into an ADU

Posted February 23, 2020 by Treeium Inc.

Are you a California homeowner with a garage you’ve been hoping to remodel? Have you envisioned a beautifully renovated space to be enjoyed by your family and friends, or even a unit that could potentially be rented out for additional income?

Converting your garage into an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) takes focus, hard work, and a degree of patience; however, with the right team, is a home owning goal that can be effortlessly and positively achieved. There are many tips and tricks to consider when converting or remodeling your garage, but first, what are the benefits of an ADU?

Benefits of an Accessory Dwelling Unit

Allow homeowners to convert an existing space, like a garage, for their use or to rent and earn extra income. Construction is affordable as it occurs on existing land - no land purchasing required! Great for families with aging parents or grandparents who need in-home care. Affordable A private space to entertain extended family, friends, or a time out space for when the kids won’t settle down! Increases the value of your existing home and property!

What Are Some Helpful Tips For Converting My Garage Into An ADU?

  1. Be prepared for potential structural challenges Most garages are not in perfect condition when it comes time to convert or remodel. In fact, it’s not uncommon for homeowners converting their garage into an ADU to be caught off guard with how outdated some elements are. Be prepared to adapt as needed - this may mean investing in additional remodeling techniques.

  2. Your garage conversion could impact your neighbors Have you ever considered, as a homeowner, that your property may share a sewer line or other utility lines with a neighbor? This is an important component of converting your garage into an ADU. You can contact your local utility company for more information.

  3. You may be subject to design guidelines There are design guidelines and restrictions to consider when remodeling your garage into an ADU. Square footage restrictions are most common, with many traditional ADU’s unable to exceed 1,000 square feet. Additionally, you may find that restrictions also impact the kitchen appliances allowed in the garage, particularly if you’re converting it into a Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit.

  4. Think energy-efficient Wall insulation is your friend! Keep your garage as energy-efficient and eco-friendly as the main house to keep utility costs down and potential renters warm and cozy!

Posted February 23, 2020
by Treeium Inc..


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