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When you find the need for more space in your Los Angeles home, a garage conversion is a great solution. There are a variety of different reasons people need additional room in their LA homes, and a garage remodel can give you the extra space you need while still keeping the home you love and avoiding the extreme cost and major inconvenience of building an addition to your house.
When Quality, Integrity, and Customer Satisfaction Matter – Los Angeles Homeowners Count on Oasis Builders
There is no need to sacrifice luxury when converting your garage with Oasis Builders. We offer only the finest material and quality workmanship.
Our reputation is backed by references from satisfied home owners who have taken the time to give us their reviews and testimonials of the work performed by our Los Angeles remodeling company.
When high quality and customer satisfaction matter to you – choose Oasis Builders for your LA garage conversion!
Garage Conversion Costs
Going Through a Garage Remodel vs. Starting from Scratch
It is usually cheaper to keep the garage, but not always. Even old garages often have foundations and framing that are partly salvageable and can be reinforced. This can save you money on materials and labor.
Occasionally, a garage is in such bad shape, or the foundation is so faulty, that it must be torn down and replaced. A general rule of thumb is if your garage was built before 1930, it will usually be better to start from scratch. There are also homeowners who do not want to design their ADU to incorporate the garage, yet need to use that part of the property to build the unit.
As the cost of housing continues to soar, more and more homeowners are using ADUs to create a family compound, including seniors moving into a luxury ADU on their grown kids’ property, or vice versa.
Whatever the case may be, the determination of whether to go through a Garage Conversion or build a brand new ADU should be based on your goals, needs and budget.
Are Garage Conversions Worth It?
Garage remodeling is one of the best ways to invest in your home and enjoy one of the highest ROI’s offered out there. Garage conversions are less expensive than building an ADU - they also offer the greatest return on investment. While a new 500SF stand-alone unit in Southern California can run $160,000 or more, a 400SF garage conversion starts at around $90,000.
Is it worth it? When you factor in the value a 400SF ADU adds to your home and the income you will get if you rent it out, it is hard to find another investment that comes close.
But sticker shock is real when homeowners realize that the garage conversion is going to cost more than the $50,000 most think it will be. Garage conversions cost more per square foot than typical single-family homes. Here is why:
- You are paying for all the infrastructure of a larger home (like plumbing, heating, bathroom, and kitchen) without nearly as much “cheap” square footage (bedrooms, halls, big living rooms) to offset the price per square foot.
- Even if you use the envelope of the existing garage, you will need to install everything from infrastructure to final finishes.
- There are fixed costs associated with permitting and design fees.
- Margins are smaller for general contractors, subs, and architects, so they charge more per square foot compared to larger homes.