Can your garage be an ADU?

March 17, 2022

Homeowners are able to convert a garage or even a carport to a legally permitted ADU, often at a significantly lower cost than building from the ground up.

It can be less expensive to build this way because preexisting garages are easily accessible and most contain electric, water and plumbing hook-ups.  Garages often are not used for cars and can easily transition to a living space.

New laws have streamlined permitting ADU garage conversions.  

All required utility upgrades and life-safety building codes must be adhered to. 

A garage conversion to an ADU must have:

1.    Structural integrity: a solid roof, sound foundation, and insulation.

2.    No water intrusion with a moisture barrier between the foundation and flooring.

3.    HVAC easily installed with an independent mini-split.

4.    A minimum ADU size of 150 SF.


What are the costs?

A typical garage conversion is between $80,000 and$120,000.


What is the benefit?

With a potential rental income of $2500 per month, garage conversion to an ADU has a huge return on investment (ROI) while generating passive income and increasing the value of your home.

At VADU we know how to convert garages to ADUs.  We can oversee the whole process design: from planning, installation, to renting.  We are experts with managing the entire job, beginning to end.

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”-Amelia Earhart


The VADU Benefit:
We work only for the property owner--helping enhance the value of their properties and realize financial/personal goals.

We manage the conversion of underperforming commercial spaces to extremely valuable residential housing.

We know the law, municipalities, architects and builders to quickly and cost-effectively create thriving multi-family properties to rent or sell or an ADU on/in your home.

We will give you a free assessment on the potential value of your property.

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