Garage Conversion Builder in Arcadia

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Benefits of building an Garage Conversion in Arcadia

Second source of income

Real estate has the power to change your life, increase your free time, and provide you with an extra source of substantial income. Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit on your property will provide you with that freedom. In City of Arcadia, you are allowed to rent your garage conversion for short term or long term. Long term rentals provide you will income and little to no work. A Short-Term Rental requires some upfront automation, but afterwards provides 2-3x the income a long term rental can provide you with. In the city of Arcadia you can rent your garage conversion as a short term rental for less than 30 days.

Improve your space

You don’t have to build an garage conversion in Arcadia though. There are many other options and NEO has worked on everything from home offices to yoga studios to rentals. The options are truly endless, and you can create whatever you want as long as you stay within the zoning laws. NEO will help you navigate those waters. Running a business or short-term rental are both great opportunities for an garage conversion in Arcadia.

Family Flexibility

Having the ability to invite family over to stay during times of crisis is super valuable. You can ensure that everyone is healthy and safe when they are staying in your backyard. It’s perfect for a Garage Conversion! Let’s build it together. Give NEO ADU Builders a call today!

Steps to building an Garage Conversions in Arcadia

  1. Free Phone/In Person consultation to determine what the size of the project can legally be.

  2. Meet with an Architect and Designer to make sure you have the elements you want in your garage conversion and that it is built to the city of Arcadia's expectations. This is a very important meeting and cannot be skipped. Let NEO Builders help you work with one of our Architects so is ready to work with you today.

  3. Plan submittal to the city. We submit the plans to the city, you pay for the permits, and we begin the prep work to build your garage conversion!

  4. Building your garage conversion. This is the least stressful part of the process because you are working with NEO Builders. We create these garage conversion to your specifications and we are one of the most trusted builders in Los Angeles County and within Arcadia.

  5. Final inspections. We walk the inspectors through your property to ensure that it is correct to city code.

  6. Renting or living in your new unit!

NEO Builders is the best Garage Conversion contractor for your job. Contact us today!

What should you keep in mind in the planning stage of your Garage Conversion?

Since January 2020 it has become much simpler to get plans approved by the city of Arcadia.

Keep in mind that the planning and permit stage of building an ADU is the longest and hardest part because of all the rules and documents you need. NEO helps you through the process so it is a breeze. You have to create a “Site Plan”. This includes the location of the ADU, the size, parking, setbacks, existing structures, floor plans, elevations, and utilities. These can get complex and confusing. That’s why you work with an Architect to get things moving. Make sure to discuss all the details of your project with your general contractor to make sure you have your ducks in a row. You have to provide proof of recordation which can be done by the architect and signed by the homeowner.

 

Once all paperwork is recorded the draftsman will submit complete plans with required structural and energy reports to the building and safety division for review. This process should take around 30-120 days, but the city Arcadia has been known to take their time. There is an expedited process, but it does cost a bit more.

Understanding Parking at your Garage Conversion

ADUs within the Arcadia area must include 1 enclosed or unenclosed parking space and it can be provided as a tandem parking space. No parking is required for the Garage Conversion if it is located within ½ mile of a public transit stop, the Garage Conversion is part of an existing legal primary structure, or if on-street parking are required for the Garage Conversion area.

Setbacks are an important part of planning your Garage Conversion

Setbacks are important to your garage conversion. In Arcadia the minimum setbacks required are 5 feet from the rear of a detached garage conversion. Or 25 feet from an Attached Accessory dwelling unit. Then 3-5 feet from each side of the structure and 25 feet from the front. Please make sure to speak with your general contractor so you can ensure your garage conversion is legal from the start.

Unit size has grown over the years, In January 2020 the maximum size of an garage conversion in the city of Arcadia is 1200 square feet. The increased floor area of an accessory dwelling unit shall not exceed 50 percent of the existing living area. In Arcadia specifically, an garage conversion can be anywhere from 150-1200 square feet.

Title 24 in California

Title 24 is California building energy efficiency standards. California energy code is designed to reduce wasteful and unnecessary energy consumption in newly constructed buildings. The states energy commission updates the building standers every three years by working with public stakeholders.

All ADUs that are permitted after January 1st 2020 must comply with 2019 Title-24 standards.

New building energy standards will help reduce wasteful and inefficient consumption of energy. The new ordinate is specific about water heaters, high performance attics, walls and windows. Every set of plans will come with window schedule, this will be discussed in your meeting with our architect. 

JADU vs ADU in Arcadia

A JADU is known as a Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit and is an independent living space created through the conversion of an existing legally permitted bedroom. They are typically very small living units and are up to 500 sqft. You are allowed to add an efficiency kitchen and other necessities.

An ADU or Accessory Dwelling Unit is a larger independent living space either built from scratch or converting a garage into a legal living space. You have to add a kitchen, bathroom, and other amenities and follow all zoning laws. These spaces can be up to 1200 sqft.

 

Los Angeles has made it easier to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit or convert your Garage into a guest house. NEO Builders takes you by the hand and assists from city planning to finished construction.

NEO Builders is the best Garage Conversion contractor for your job. Contact us today!

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