Advantages of ADUs in Orange County

It’s no secret that the cost of living and the price of homes in Orange County are high. An excellent way to both increase your income and the value of your home is to convert a garage or build an ADU on your property to create additional livable space. Here at Garage Conversion CBI, that’s exactly what we do. Our garage builders and conversion experts are here to help you create a space that’s just right for you, your family, and your ever-evolving needs. Keep reading to learn more about the advantages of ADUs and garage conversions in LA and Orange County, and then contact us today to get started with a free estimate.

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What Is an ADU?

So, first things first: What even is an ADU? Also known as an accessory dwelling unit, an ADU is essentially a secondary housing unit. You may know it as a mother-in-law suite, in-law suite, backyard cottage, granny flat, or simply converting a garage to living space.

Types of ADUs

Accessory dwelling units are growing in popularity, especially in crowded areas such as LA and Orange County. An aspect that’s aiding in their rising popularity is their versatility. There are several different main types of ADUs:

  • Detached, new construction - Building a brand-new, completely detached, 1- to 2-bedroom apartment on your property

  • Garage conversions - Converting your garage into an apartment

  • Above a garage or workshop - Converting the space above your garage into an apartment

  • Addition or “bump-out” ADUs - Building an extension onto your home to create an ADU

  • Basement conversions - Converting your basement into a finished space for living

  • Internal - Converting a part of the house besides the basement into an ADU


How ADUs Add Value to Your Home

So, what’s all the fuss about? If right now a garage apartment just sounds like a lot of work, then you’re missing out on seeing the many advantages of building an ADU or converting a garage on your property.

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Increased Space

First and foremost, placing an accessory dwelling unit on your OC or LA property increases space. Over the years, your needs for this space could vary immensely. As a young family, you may rent it out. As your family ages and grows, you may use both your home and the ADU to house your family. Then as your children move on, you may choose to rent out the space again. Finally, as your parents or other loved ones age, you would have the option to be close to them and still allow them independence with your garage conversion or ADU.

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Increased Income

If you choose to rent out your new ADU in LA or Orange County, then you are going to increase your monthly income without much work, stress, or additional involvement. It’s the introduction to passive income that you’ve been looking for! The average apartment size in Orange County is 923 sq. ft. and the average rent is $2,107. This price also increases approximately 5% each year, meaning building an ADU and renting it out is an investment that pays itself off.

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Increased Property Value

Now, when you choose to sell your home at some point in the future, you’ll first benefit from living in a more expensive area with increasing housing costs. Secondly, you’ll benefit and give yourself a competitive edge (and higher price) in the market by already having completed a garage conversion or ADU. No matter the style of ADU you choose — detached garage, in-law suite, above a garage, internal, etc. — your future buyer will love the versatility and income opportunities it allows them, meaning your property will sell for more! You also don’t have to worry about increased property taxes; your property will be taxed the same as when you didn’t have an ADU and the only difference will be taxes on additional income.

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Increased Energy Efficiency

One of the other ways an ADU adds value to your OC home is through increased energy efficiency. Converting a garage, building an ADU, and other small-scale building projects like these require less energy in construction; however, they also require less energy to heat and cool, which adds up to lower utility costs and reduced carbon emissions. These low-impact, sustainable buildings will help you reduce your carbon footprint and feel good about your investment.

What to Consider When Building an ADU

Whether you’re a weekend warrior who thinks you can tackle building an accessory dwelling unit yourself or you already know you want to work with professionals like the ones at Garage Conversion CBI for your ADU, you’ll need to consider a lot of the same aspects to ensure your converted garage is exactly what you want.

  1. Zoning Restrictions and Permits: Our garage builders are intimately aware of all zoning restrictions and permits within Orange County, LA, and beyond. When you hire us to build or convert your ADU, you’ll benefit from our expertise. The most common aspects to look out for are density, maximum height, setbacks (for fire safety), utility easements, floor area, and walkways.

  2. Parking: If you convert a garage into an ADU, you may now need additional parking both for yourself and for potential renters or other occupants. Off-street parking is an option, but there are certain permits, design options, and other aspects to be aware of — and our garage conversion experts can help.

  3. Regulation Compliance: Fire regulations, design guidelines (such as ceiling height, space heaters, etc.), California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24), California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen Code), etc. Our garage builders can ensure your new unit is up to compliance.

  4. Type of ADU: We outlined the main types of ADUs earlier in this page, so be sure to check those out and decide on a type of ADU that matches your property layout and requirements.

  5. Application of ADU: In addition to the physical type of ADU, you need to think about how it will be used. Is it for renters? Is it for your children? Is it for an aging parent? We specialize in ADUs for a variety of applications: garage to room, living room, apartment, studio, office, or living space, along with construction and remodeling.

  6. Privacy: Another consideration is privacy both for you and for your renters or other occupants. You want to make sure everyone is comfortable in their space.

  7. Timing: One reason to hire professional garage builders and converters is because of the time involved in a project like this. By hiring someone who can do the project quickly — as opposed to doing it yourself over a span of time — you will save yourself stress, reduce noise levels, and save yourself money over time.

  8. Money: Speaking of saving money, price is a considerable aspect to research when building an ADU on your Orange or LA County property. Sure, you’ll see a solid return on investment if you rent it out; however, you want to make sure you’re comfortable with the price and can handle changes in bills due to financing or not having occupants for some time. Here at Garage Conversion CBI, we’re transparent and forthcoming with all information regarding design and planning, pricing, and more from the beginning. Check out our pricing page to see our different models and get started with a free estimate today.

Why to Work with Garage Conversion CBI

Throughout Orange and LA County, we’re the ones you want to work with for garage construction, garage conversions, building an ADU, and home remodeling. Why? Check out these reasons and then give us a call for a free estimate:

  • Diverse Services: We’re not just experts in mother-in-law suites. We’re experts in a wide variety of garage conversions and ADUs. (Psstt: and we’re experts in getting you that dream mother-in-law suite in Orange County.)

  • Varying Price Models: With us, you can convert a garage to living space on a budget that matches your needs. Check out our pricing for various styles of ADUs.

  • Superior Customer Service: We prioritize making your experience smooth, transparent, and communicative from start to finish.

  • Years of Experience: We have more than 95 years of combined experience with garage conversions and ADUs within LA and Orange County.

  • Permit & Regulation Compliance: We’ll make sure your new ADU is up to code, compliances, permits, regulations, and any other areas where the law is concerned.

  • Full-Service Experience: From a free initial quote to design and planning, engineering, remodeling, constructing, and final touches, we offer a full-service experience that can’t be beat.

Get Started with Your Orange County ADU Today

As you can see, the benefits of an ADU or garage conversion are immense — and there’s no one to get you to the stage of enjoying them quite like Garage Conversion CBI. From start to finish, our garage builders are here for you to make sure you get your home remodeling done in a way that’s right for you, your family, and your budget. And the best part? As soon as it’s completed, you can start bringing in money with renters or spending more time in more space with loved ones. Contact us today to get started with a free estimate on your ADU in LA or Orange County.