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.
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