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Since the State of California signed a bill in September of 2016 that amended requirements for garage conversions on residential properties, it has become a real estate trend for homeowners to turn garage units into additional housing.

Senate Bill No.1069 allows cities to govern requirements for constructing second units in single-family and multifamily residential zones. These second units are now officially being recognized by The Planning and Zoning Law as Accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Depending on your local ordinances, there may be some requirements relating to parking standards and lot density, which your contractor can help you navigate through.

While converting garages into living spaces helps address the housing shortage, benefitting homeowners and renters alike, it also provides a solution that could benefit Los Angeles homeowners in several ways:

1. It allows homeowners to turn what could be large unused spaces into extra living areas. For homeowners, this is one of the best ways to raise property value in today’s market. Not only does it require minimal to no disruption in the current home, but these projects can easily add additional square footage to the home. Whether you have a one or two car garage, the right layout can maximize on space to creative a comfortable studio.

2. Adding an accessory dwelling unit in Los Angeles brings opportunity for additional income as the need for rental units increases. With the number of renters on the rise, it’s one of the best ways to create additional income opportunities and can quickly pay for itself and then some.

3. Converting a garage into an ADU can also allow for extended families to live together without compromising on privacy. Second dwellings can be a perfect in-laws quarters so you can help parents or grandparents and keep them close and keep on budget.

4. Improving home aesthetics. Garage studios don’t have to be boring! Some of our reps have worked together with clients to create envy-worthy garage conversions that have turned garages into apartments or studios. If designed well, your contractor can fit in not only a bedroom and kitchen and bathroom areas, but also leave enough room for an office or game room.

This bill has made the accessory dwelling unit permits more accessible than ever, and turning your garage into extra living space is only a phone call away.

If you’ve been sitting on the idea of expanding your home by converting a garage, now is the time- it’s not certain how long it will remain intact.

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