Your Guide to 6 Different Types of ADUs

As ADUs increase in popularity throughout California and the rest of the U.S., you may find yourself wondering why. The answer is clear! The advantages of ADUs are immense, and recent permit changes have made ADUs easier to attain than ever before. This means you can build an accessory dwelling unit, use it for your family or renters, and watch the benefits roll in.

In today’s blog, we’ll discuss six different types of ADUs you may consider for your Orange County or LA home. Here at Garage Conversion CBI, we’re your go-to source for ADUs, home remodeling by adding an ADU or garage conversion, mother-in-law suites, and more. We handle everything from design to permits, zoning, and construction. Keep reading for garage conversion ideas and inspiration, and contact us today to get started with a free quote.

Detached, New Construction

An ADU that is detached from your Orange County or LA home offers the most versatility now and in the long run. It also allows you the most customization and options during the design and planning stage. This means you can make the ADU and its layout look exactly as you want it to! Come to us with your initial ideas and our team of garage builders will help bring it to life, along with making you aware of considerations and ideas you may not have even thought of yet. Whether you use a detached garage for additional living for family, a den for your young family, or as a rental to bring in extra income, you’re in good shape with a detached and newly constructed ADU.

Garage Conversion

Another ADU option is simply converting your current, attached garage. Perhaps you choose to park on the street or in a carport and convert your garage into usable space for your growing family or as a rental option for the growing Orange County community. Both are great options! Our experts are here to help you with this large home remodeling project.

Above a Garage or Workshop

If you have space above your garage or workshop that is underutilized, then why not turn it into an ADU? In fact, Fonzie from “Happy Days” rents out the ADU above the Cunninghams’ garage for a low $50 per month. If you have a fully renovated ADU above your garage or workshop in Orange County or LA today, we’re pretty confident it’ll fetch a bit more than $50 each month! In fact, the average apartment size in Orange County is 923 sq. ft. and the average rent is $2,107.

Addition or “Bump-Out”

Another excellent option for an ADU in LA or Orange County is a “bump-out,” or an addition onto your home. Depending on your privacy preferences, this may be a better option for a close friend or family member to live in instead of a stranger. That being said, it can be whatever you want it to be and you can truly make it yours!

Basement Conversion

Basement ADUs are perhaps the most widely known, and they offer a great deal of versatility as they grow and change as your family’s needs do the same! Converting a basement allows you to work with the preexisting layout of your home and adapt it to meet your expectations. Whether you choose to do a full ADU complete with a kitchen or you prefer an extended game room, you’re in good hands.


Finally, the last type of ADU is an ADU within your home but not in the basement. Again, this is most likely an option you’d pursue for a close friend or family member instead of renting it out to someone else you find.

Get Started on Your ADU in Orange County Today

Throughout LA and Orange County, Garage Conversion CBI is your trusted friend for ADUs. Whether you’re interested in an in-law suite, converting a garage to an apartment, building your own accessory dwelling unit, or you have questions about ADUs and need garage conversion ideas, you can count on us. Check out our pricing for garage conversions, learn more about us, and contact us today to get started with a free quote on your upcoming ADU project.