Category: ADU

We have got this question from many of our clients who live in West LA, California. Honestly, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) boost the value of your home more than any other home improvement project. And if you are asking yourself, “Can I get a great amount from ADU remodeling in West Los Angeles CA?” we are here with the answer for you!

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How Much Does ADU Remodeling Add Value to Your Home?

This answer is a little bit complicated! The value of your home depends on the overall size of the ADU you are about to get. Also, not every ADU can add equal value to your home.  

We have listed three different ADU types here according to the property value you can get. Such as:

Detached ADU

You may also know this as Granny Flat, which remains separate from the main home and offers the best value once the construction is over. Of course, the reason is not hard to see! A detached ADU allows you extra square footage with a liveable option that includes the overall property value to determine how much it’s worth.

For instance, while adding a granny flat of 1,000 sq ft for having a new livable space on your premises, the average cost may be around $500 per square foot in West LA. So, a detached ADU boosts your property value by $5,00,000.

Attached ADU

Suppose you add an ADU in your backyard attached to your existing home. This attached ADU is the second valuable type of remodeling. As this building is adjacent to your main home, you can expect less privacy than a detached ADU. On the other hand, the current size of your home expands by 50% only by adding an attached ADU to the existing home. Hence, the overall property value is less than the detached one for a less square footage increase.

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Garage Conversion

It’s best when you don’t have extra space on your property to add a detached or attached ADU. You can convert the current unused garage space into a livable space. Of course, it increases the property value of your home, but that may be less than a detached and attached ADU for losing the use of a garage for its actual purpose. Yet, it affects the property value a little!

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Are you seeking a way out to have an extra bedroom without spending on a full-scale addition? You can look over our ADU projects for car garage conversion into 1 bedroom! If we assume that you have unused space for a two-car garage, it will add nearly 600 square feet, which is sufficient to create a cozy bedroom. And the good news is that you don’t have to break your bank in this addition!

How Much Does a Car Garage Conversion Into 1 Bedroom Cost?

Converting your garage into a bedroom requires less investment because the foundation is already there. Using the existing structure, including walls, roof, and floor, you have to spend half the costs of a new room addition. Of course, you will need proper planning for a 2 garage conversion into 1 bedroom, and we are here to help you throughout the process, from design to execution.

Now, the overall costs of the garage conversion into one bedroom depend on the features you want to add here. Still, if we count the average, you may have to spend up to more or less $50,000 to transform a two-car garage. And if you want to include a bathroom plan there in your bedroom, add a little more, around $17,000 to $26,000. 

What Does the Two-car Garage Conversion Into Bedroom Involve?

Different garage conversion projects we have handled so far. From that experience, we can say that it can take nearly two months. After all, the project includes so much, like:

  • Floor height raised for insulation
  • Ceiling and wall insulation
  • Heating and cooling installation, like a mini-split system (ductless)
  • Open floor plan by knocking down the partition between the garage and home
  • Garage door replacement into insulated stud walls
  • Electrical upgrades 
  • Window and door additions

In fact, if you want to make your garage look like it was always a bedroom, we recommend eliminating the garage door openings and other evidence. Also, change the rooftop designs into something trendy, like dormer windows, while adding more windows than a bedroom has.

How to Set Up the Garage Space Into a Cozy Bedroom

While converting the car garage into your private space, a bedroom you have longed for days, pay attention to the setup before the project kicks off. For example:

  • Layered tray ceiling
  • Separate space for relaxation
  • Soundproof walls
  • Fibre optic lighting

So, are you ready for garage conversion ADU and transforming the space into a bedroom? Let us know! Stay in touch!

While having an unused garage, converting it into usable space can be the best thing to increase your square footage or utilize excess room instead of wasting it. And when it comes to the kitchen, the garage is large enough to turn it into a stunning cooking space. Of course, you may have started looking into different home improvement magazines or Pinterest for garage conversion kitchen ideas. But a few things you need to do before that, and we are here to tell you what!

What to Keep in Mind for Garage Conversion Into a Kitchen

Of course, while turning your old garage into a cooking space, you can save dollars for the foundation and walls as everything you have already. However, we, MDM Custom Remodeling Inc, suggest taking a little time and doing the following to ensure a successful garage conversion kitchen. Such as:

Explain about the old kitchen

Before the project kicks off, make sure you sit with our builders and remodeling contractors over a coffee to share about your old cooking space. It will help them ideate what type of design you expect for a new one.

For example, suppose you have an old-fashioned home. And yet, the kitchen is here just like a small extension at the back of the house with old appliances and dark wall tiles, which make the room more cramped and dark. Hence, you may be looking forward this time to an open kitchen with an abundance of natural light access.

Have a clear idea of the new room!

Do you like a modern-style kitchen with clean decor or some contemporary style to have a timeless layout? If you love cooking but have no time to organize it often, you would love a design that can help you leave the cooking space as clutter-free as possible.

In that case, you should have great storage in the kitchen to keep the essentials. So, have a clear idea of which type of layout you exactly desire to make the room functional and stylish.

Talk about your favorite feature!

Be open with us and unfold your secret desire about the feature you want to include in the garage conversion kitchen. For instance, it can be folding doors on the entire wall that opens to the garden or knocking down the wall between the old kitchen and garage (if adjacent) and creating a family cooking space with dining.

Need more ideas? Look over our previous garage conversion kitchen projects on Yelp! Stay connected!

Picture this: You have just discovered that you need some extra lying space at home. But as you are on the edge of your budget, you can afford to buy a new one. In that case, an ADU garage conversion may be the best alternative to look for to increase extra square footage while staying within your budgetary boundary.

But do you know how much an ADU can cost? If NO, you may find today’s blog quite relatable and helpful. Let us guide you regarding this!

How Much Do You Need to Pay for an ADU Garage Conversion?

Well, having Accessory Dwelling Units by converting your garage is a great idea to have sufficient space to create a guest room or separate bedroom. But before you sit with us, MDM Custom Remodeling Inc, to design your ADU, we suggest taking a deeper insight into its specifications, like attached or detached ADU garage conversion and its overall expenses. Let’s get into it:

ADU conversion of existing garage:

Three different ADU types are available, Attached ADU, Detached ADU, and Garage conversion. For the first two, you need new construction while you require nothing but a renovation on the existing garage you have. 

That’s why ADU garage conversion comes most affordable among all, especially while having easy access to its sewer system, and the position of the garage is at the front of your premise. All we need is to reframe the ceiling, add wall insulation, and do electrical upgrades.

Hence, you can estimate the construction costs for a good-quality garage conversion around $100,000 – $120,000. In the budget, you can expect the outlay for pre-construction expenses somewhere between $15,000 to $19,000. Make sure you get all your construction documents and plan approved and permitted. Or you can let our remodeling contractors handle this. The papers should include:

  • Architectural site plan and floor plan
  • Energy calculation
  • Electrical plan and wiring
  • Engineering plans for ceiling framing, roof, and walls

So, have you found the information helpful? Leave your feedback on Yelp and let us know if you want an ADU garage conversion. You can look over our previous projects to idea an ADU garage conversion design, like what you can add or not. Stay connected!

Do you need some extra living space in your home? Then, nothing could be a better option for you than garage conversions if you have one that is not in use! However, before playing with the idea of converting garage space into a livable room, we suggest knowing different unknown facts regarding this that you may have never noticed.

What to Know About Garage Conversions Before It Starts

A few facts are there that you may never know before the conversion project kicks off. Such as:

Building permits for Garage Conversions

In Los Angeles, California, garage conversions have got legal permission but come with a permit that you can receive while meeting the following requirements:

  • Your garage conversion should be one and a half-mile of public transports.
  • Not exceed more than five feet from the property line
  • Make sure not to cross 1200 square feet

If you continue the garage conversions without a permit, the chance that the inspectors can make you open up the walls and convert the space again into the garage. The building permits in LA don’t cost much, like just a fraction of the entire project expenses. Yet, getting the permit is worth it!

Walls and insulation

According to a survey, a garage conversion is the most economical answer to add more space to your premises. That’s why you may prefer converting it into a living room but with insulated and paneled drywalls. But if you find the walls not insulated, a number of ways may be there to identify the issue for the existing garage wall materials. For example:

  • When your garage exterior is made of cinderblock, stud framing on the perimeter may cause insulation going between that.
  • You can go for spray-foam insulation to fasten the drywall to the framing.
  • Don’t miss to plan for a closet space before you close up the walls.

Flooring, doors, and windows:

We, MDM Custom Remodeling Inc, suggest going for different options for new flooring while the doors and windows. After all, the usual concrete and flat flooring may not be that desirable while transforming the garage into a living room. For instance:

  • Ceramic and vinyl floors are the most affordable and easiest to install.
  • Carpet and hardwood are good, but a little expensive!
  • A solid or windowed wall or French doors
  • Bigger windows for natural light but in less amount to maintain privacy

Bottom line

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Are you looking forward to converting your garage? If yes, garage conversions are one of the easiest and budget-friendly ways to add value and extra living space to your property. General contractors are always available if you want to add an ADU or garage conversion in your backyard.

A simple garage has more potential to enhance your home. With little effort and imagination, turn your cold and sober place into a peaceful and welcoming area…or not! The final result will depend on your wishes; the options are limitless.

What Does It Take For A Garage Conversion Into A Living Area?

Most garage conversion ideas involve quality designs and regular involvement to turn functional living spaces. You must have built your garage for house cars. But, with relatively long and narrow spaces, you can turn it into a habitable living space.

Whatever the reason is, MDM Custom Remodeling INC will help you remodel the garage according to your requirements. 

Ideas For Garage Conversion In 2022

You will get some quality ADU conversion ideas below:

1. Garage converted into a family play zone

You can hire our home remodeling contractors to convert your garage into a family play area. Kids are always full of energy, and why not utilize that energy in something valuable? Who knows, maybe they will gradually develop an interest in sports!

Climbing monkey bars, gym mats, swings, ropes are the perfect playground ideas, don’t you think?

2. Convert your garage into a guest house

As a homeowner, you always have to stay prepared for surprise visits! Do you have a friend living outside the town? Where will they sleep if they come to see you? Therefore, turn your garage into a cozy guest house.

3. Use the converted garage for your hobbies

Do you want to make space to enjoy your hobbies? Create a dedicated zone in your converted garage. You can include:

  • home cinema
  • games room
  • man cave
  • library/reading room
  • craft/hobby workshop, and more.

“Having a dedicated space for your hobbies means that you can kit out the room as required without impacting on your existing layout.” – says the professional room remodeling contractor.

For further information, you can check our other social media pages or view our 2 Car Garage Conversion into 1 Bedroom ADU project on Yelp. Was this helpful? Do you want to work with us? Then stop waiting and contact us now!

It’s just a wait of a couple of days, and 2022 will be here! Of course, this one is the most wonderful festive season when the closed ones, like parents, drop in your home to give you SURPRISE! Then, don’t you think you should prepare a place for them to sleep once they arrive? You have left with no extra space except for your garage. Is that possible? Actually, yes, it is if you turn your old ADU garage into a guest room. And we are here to tell you how to convert that so quickly, just in two days!

How to Convert Old ADU Garage Into a Guest Room

Honestly, there’s no time to renovate your unused garage space. But Here are some smart tips to convert your unused garage space into a guest room:

Clean and declutter:

Start with sweeping your garage floor and mop it after that! Then, turn your heads towards the corners where the spiders are staring at you from the cobs. Clean those all and call our designers and builders to install ceiling storage and wall shelves to make the place livable! We serve the areas in and surrounding Los Angeles.

Paint the garage:

While running out of time and looking for a temporary solution, hang curtains around the garage instead of a new door installation because it’s a matter of time and dollars. Or you can install wallpapers to cover the dull walls of your garage and once you have done with that, install insulation for temperature control. You can watch our videos on Youtube for more ideas!

Cover the windows and floor

Maybe your garage floor is not tiled, and the windows are broken. Then, don’t think twice about covering those. Pick the curtains and block the window to avoid the inside view, while a patterned rug carpet can add elegance to the floor.  For more ideas and customers’ feedback, you can check on Yelp. Stay in touch!

Maybe you have never thought of it, but a garage conversion is a best and most affordable alternative to add square footage to your existing space! You need not spend a dollar for foundation, roof, and walls because all are in their place already. In fact, if you need some ideas, look over our projects on garage conversions on Yelp for that! You can find some garage images attached to the home that means the entrance is also there.

What to consider for garage conversions

Before you consult our ADU designers to convert your garage space into a new kitchen space or a living room, understand the possibilities of garage conversions! And we suggest doing that with an assessment. Such as: 

Garage door

While talking about single or double garage conversions into a small cooking space or an entire guest room (one bedroom, one bathroom, one kitchen, one laundry room, one closet, and one dining/living room), start with the entrance! Most homeowners find this question concerning, “What Should I do with the garage door?”

Once you have removed the door, the best thing you can do is create a new wall with a bay window or install a new patio door. Also, you can make an entire new entryway if having no budget limit!

Loss of storage and parking

Admit it or not, but when the garage is no use to keep the car, you fill it with unwanted or rarely used items. Now, if you have decided to make a garage conversion, store those stuff in the attic, basement, or sell them. But if you have a car but converting the garage space is essential for extra space, build a new carport. 

And if you have enough space on the premises, go for a new garage and covert the old one! On Instagram, you can follow us for such ideas!

Plumbing, Flooring, and wiring

  • First, expect additional electric usage and higher utility bills for the newly converted garage space.
  • Adding new plumbing lines or extending those is another considerable expense. 
  • The garage floor level is generally low than other room’s floors. Extra outlay to level the floor and protect the wall from moisture!

We hope our guidance proves to be useful for you! If you are interested, let us know! We, MDM Custom Remodeling Inc, offer well-planned garage conversions where the rooms blend seamlessly with your existing home design. Stay in touch for more ideas!

Are you on a plan to construct a granny flat this New Year to have some extra storage? Then, before you sit with our experts to finalize the ADU designs, have a clear idea of the hidden costs you may overlook once the project kicks off! And our today’s blog may be helpful here!

What are the ADU design hidden costs to plan for?

Before you build ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit), consider these hidden costs. Or else it may sneak up on you! Such as:

Site works

Maybe you haven’t anticipated this one as another cost in your project. Let’s say you have a plan for a 2 car garage conversion into 1 bedroom ADU. Then, you need to prepare your property for that, like removing the tree or leveling the slop in the back yard. And how much you need to spend for the site work depends on the overall layout of your premise. 

Upgrade the utility:

Suppose you built this home two decades ago. Hence, from the electric panel to the interior decor- all get outdated to support the current lifestyle and living space! So, include a few thousand dollars for the additional utility bills required now for upgraded electricity panels.

Interior decor and finishes!

Yes, you can look over our more ADU projects on Yelp to ideate the interior designs and finishes for your ADU unit! Before you choose, be sure to consider the purposes, like how you want to use the space. For instance, you can splurge on unique interior finishes or go for a durable one on a budget! For the former line, you have to double your expenses!

We, MDM Custom Remodeling Inc, hope that our tips help you choose ADU designs from our gallery! Also, for more home renovation-related ideas, keep on reading our blogs!

Maybe you have no idea, but utilizing the unused garage space is on the craze for homeowners running out of the space! A car garage conversion into the bedroom not only increases the square footage for living space but adds around $65,000 to the home without the hassle of a planning permit! And even if it needs, our designers and contractors can handle that like a breeze!

What to Know about Car Garage Conversion into Bedroom

Yes, you have to hit your wallet a little bit to turn your garage into a stunning master bedroom! But before you start, learn the following:

How much to spend for the conversion

At MDM Custom Remodeling Inc, we offer projects on two garage conversions (400 square feet) into one bedroom, including kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, closet, and living space. The overall expenses will be around $35,000, depending on your customized demands and layout choices.

Single garage conversion or double?

Most homeowners remain overwhelmed to make this decision whether they should convert the single standard garage or double. The former one comes on average 150 square feet maximum! This one is too tiny for a bedroom while left with minimum space to open doors! 

But if you own a home with double garage space, partly garage conversion into the bedroom is not a bad idea, though. You can leave here a few square feet to park your bike if required!

When to go for garage conversion into bedroom

Two signs are there when you should and not! For instance:

  • If the parking for two-car families is zoned in your location, don’t convert your garage space. Instead, think of a second story for bedroom addition!
  • When plenty of space on the road for parking, converting the garage into a bedroom makes sense!

Also, if you need design ideas for garage conversion into a bedroom, follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook now!