Considerations when converting your garage into living space

Garage conversions in Los Angeles are becoming increasingly popular these days. It’s normally easy and inexpensive to convert a garage; however, there are a few things to consider when doing so. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are planning to turn your garage into an Accessory Dwelling Unit or ADU.

Planning and Zoning Permits

Before doing any work, obtain the appropriate permits from the Department of Planning and Zoning. This will ensure the work conforms with Chapter 1 of the Zoning Code as well as the California Building Codes of 2019. Otherwise, you could be subject to fines or be unable to rent out your unit.


Garages are not always heated and cooled. Accordingly, you may have never thought about adding insulation to your garage. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recommends insulation with an “R” rating of between 30 and 60 for homes in the Los Angeles area. If you’re not sure, have an inspection performed so that you can add more insulation if needed.

Attic Clearance

A loft conversion will allow you to add additional living space while still using your garage for parking. However, not all garages are well-suited for attic conversions. You’ll need at least eight feet of headroom on both the bottom and top floors in order to make it work. Keep in mind that slanted walls in your attic will cut down on the amount of available floor space, as well.

Plumbing and Electrical

Connecting plumbing and electrical lines is often a challenge, particularly when you have a detached garage. You’ll need licensed contractors to perform the work, and perhaps even additional permits if you plan to bury the lines. To avoid serious fines and penalties, you must contact the proper authorities prior to digging, as well.

Kitchen and Bathroom

The right kitchen and bathroom design are essential for any garage conversion. Look for cabinets that have ample storage yet are not too bulky. Here at (name of company), we have plenty of solutions that are perfect for tiny spaces. Visit the kitchen showroom in Los Angeles to find the perfect set of cabinets for your Accessory Dwelling Unit.