Accessory Dwelling Units / Second Units
If You’ve Been Cited for an Illegal Garage Conversion, Illegal Guest House by the Los Angeles City Building and Safety Inspectors. Dont Panic On January 1, 2017, new State laws took effect that creates new opportunities for accessory dwelling units (also known as ADUs, “Second Units” or “granny flats”). An ADU is a dwelling unit with a full kitchen and bathroom, which is an accessory use to a primary or main single-family residence. To construct, ADUs typically cost less than other types of housing, largely because they do not necessitate paying for land or purchasing major new infrastructure. As a form of infill development, Second Units provides housing for family members, students, elderly, in-home health care providers, the disabled and others at below market prices within existing neighborhoods The Second Unit can be used as a rental, but cannot be sold separately from the primary or main single-family residence. The existing residence must be a legally established structure.
Attached ADU to the Home
Detached ADU on the Lot
Garage Converted to ADU
Why Build an ADU?
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Why We Are Different
We are Designers, planners, builders, ready to help you at every stage. so you as the homeowners only have to decide if you want to build an ADU on our property. We provide preliminary answers to key questions (Because ADU rules can change) and what the design and construction of an ADU will entail. We help you to get started and prepare the right design that will need to give the City (at the Dept. of City Planning and the Dept. of Building and Safety)
We the permit expeditors will take care of getting your plans approved and stamped to start building your dream ADU.
We the builders will guarantee a date that your ADU will be finalized with a certificate of occupancy in hand.
NOTE: Since every ADU project will be unique, there are important questions
that we cannot answer over the phone, for instance: How much will it cost? How long will it take to build? In addition, GC improvement or GND does not substitute for required review by City agencies. All questions we will direct them to the Dept. of City Planning and Building
FOUR EASY STEPS WITH G.C. IMPROVEMENT MANAGE YOUR PROJECT
No Obligation Consultation
Decide on a Design
Building Your Vision
While exceptional craftsmanship is always our focus, we pride ourselves on focusing on what you want. After your project is complete, you’ll be provided with a comprehensive walk-through to ensure that your vision was accurately brought to life.
Ensuring Your Satisfaction
Commitment To Quality
Los Angeles has a population of 3,792,621 and the median home price is currently $658,500
Checking for Eligibility
your current house must be located in a residential zone, and most likely in a single-family residential zone. Any lot in these zones, regardless of its size, can add an ADU if it will fit.The map of LA shows the location of all single-family parcels in the City (Yellow) and gives you an idea of whether your home is located in a single-family zone. Most standard lots are 3,500 sq ft or more, and may comfortably fit an ADU. Lots under 3,500 sq ft may face feasibility issues
How much space will I need for parking?
Many lots already accommodate two parking spaces in a garage or carport. When you add an ADU, you may need to fit one extra parking space on your lot. If an
additional space is required, space may be covered or uncovered.
You may not need additional parking if:
1. ADU is located within one-half mile of public transit.
2. ADU is located within an architecturally and historically significant district.
3. ADU is part of the existing primary residence or an existing accessory structure.
4. on-street parking permits are required, but not offered to the occupant of the ADU.
These are the four current parking exemptions as of July 2017, but parking
requirements may change. Check with the Dept. of City Planning for current
Is your lot near Transit?
Your lot may not need additional parking for your ADU, leaving room for open
space, a patio, a bigger ADU, etc. If your lot is located within one-half mile of
transit (defined as one-half mile from any bus stop or rail station), it should
meet the parking exemption.
The property is zoned R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-A, A-1 and A-2, or another zone where a single family residence (SFR) is allowed by right with a plot plan (ministerial review)
at play and answer common questions. This Webpage is a first step to understand
how an existing property might accommodate a new unit. However, it is not a
replacement for hiring us to help plan your project.
How much will my ADU cost?
Can I legalize an unpermitted ADU on my lot?
How big can I make my ADU?
How do I tell if I’m Near Transit?
Must the homeowner live on the property?
What are Setbacks?
How do I pay for my ADU?
construction of an ADU. You may be able to obtain a private construction loan from our C.D.L. (Community Development Loan) to build the ADU and refinance the loan with a new mortgage when construction is complete. 1. You could refinance your existing mortgage to take out a larger loan to provide cash for ADU construction (this will require equity in the home); You should start by talking to one of our knowledgeable Project managers.
From Our Clients
Have peace of mind after reading our outstanding reviews from our amazing customers. Some of our customers take the time and write a detailed review about their experience working with us.
Wadner helped me from spending days searching and meetings with the right construction company, He introduced us to the right company for our project. He was knowledgeable with the California laws and was with us every step of the conversion.Daniela Sanchez
Hiring a consultant for a construction project sounded ridiculous, but I'm glad I did. Saved me hours maybe weeks for finding a licensed contractor with a team of hardworking, good habits and appreciation for our dream garage. Wadner brought us a modern design layout and a retro design from 2 different companies and a finance company to help us fund the project. Couldn't be happier with my choice.Flor Silva
Converting our garage to a home for Mom was always the plan, when purchasing our dream home it was illegal. But since L.A. City has passed A.B. 1069. We found G.C.improvement, we contacted them and got a call the same day from Wadner. He helped us legalize our garage and we know Mom is living in a safe and well-built garage.Jaime Gonzales
Our son was turning 15 and we wanted to give him more freedom and space. So we decided to turn the garage into a living space. Wadner was recommended by our neighbor that was converting their garage to rent out to a family. He helped us with the process of planning, designing, pulling permits, construction company and financing our project. We are happy with how easy the process was. Plus when our son leaves we will be able to rent it out and make our money back.Maira Blanco
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