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  • How to apply for ADU in Los Angeles?

    1. Initial Research: Familiarize yourself with the ADU requirements in Los Angeles by consulting the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) website.
    2. Pre-Application Meeting: It’s recommended to schedule a pre-application meeting with the planning department to review your proposal.
    3. Submit Plans: Submit your architectural plans and other required documents to the LADBS for review.
    4. Plan Review: Your plans will undergo multiple reviews including planning, building safety, fire safety, etc.
    5. Permits: After approval, you will receive your permits to begin construction.
    6. Inspections: Throughout the construction process, periodic inspections will be carried out to ensure compliance with the approved plans.
  • Why is ADU so expensive?

    • Land Costs: In California, and particularly in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, land is expensive, which impacts the overall project cost.
    • Labor Costs: Construction labor in California tends to be more expensive than in other states.
    • Materials: The cost of construction materials has been rising, further increasing expenses.
    • Permitting and Fees: The permitting process can be lengthy and expensive, including costs for architectural drawings, engineering, and various city fees.
  • How much does it cost to build an ADU in California?

    1. Prefabricated Units: Costs for prefabricated units can range from $50,000 to $100,000, depending on size and features.
    2. Custom-Built ADUs: Custom units are generally more expensive, ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 or more.
    3. Conversion ADUs: Converting a garage or other existing structure can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $80,000.
    4. Additional Costs: These estimates do not include costs like permits, utility connections, or site preparation, which can add thousands to the final cost.
  • What is the cheapest ADU?

    1. Prefabricated Units: Prefabricated or modular ADUs tend to be the cheapest options. These are units that are manufactured off-site and then installed on your property.
    2. Conversion ADUs: Another cost-effective option is converting an existing structure like a garage into an ADU.
    3. Tiny Homes: A tiny home, which meets all the local and state building codes, could also be a more affordable ADU option.

Garage Conversion

  • Is a garage conversion worth it?

    • Added Value: A well-executed garage conversion can add significant value to your property, sometimes covering the investment cost.
    • Additional Living Space: The extra square footage can serve various purposes—guest room, office, rental income—which can be invaluable depending on your needs.
    • Cost vs Benefit: If the cost of the conversion is less than the cost of an equivalent extension or moving to a bigger house, it might be worth it.
    • Permitting and Regulations: Check local zoning laws and permitting costs; sometimes the bureaucratic hurdles can make the conversion less appealing.
  • How much is a garage conversion in 2023?

    • Inflation and Material Costs: Due to inflation and rising material costs, it’s reasonable to expect that 2023 costs could be higher than previous years.
    • Estimated Range: Considering potential inflation and changes in material costs, a safe estimate might be a 10-20% increase from 2021 costs. So, a basic conversion might start around $11,000-$16,500, mid-range around $22,000-$55,000, and high-end conversions could go up to $66,000 or more.
  • What is the cheapest way to convert a garage?

    • Simple Design: The more straightforward the design, the less you’ll spend on specialized labor like electricians or plumbers.
    • No Bathroom or Kitchen: Adding plumbing significantly increases the cost, so consider designs that don’t include a bathroom or kitchenette.
  • How much should a garage conversion cost?

    1. Basic Conversion: Costs can start as low as $10,000 to $15,000 for a very basic conversion without a bathroom.
    2. Mid-Range: A more typical range for a comfortable, functional conversion might be around $20,000 to $50,000.
    3. High-End: Adding luxury finishes, a bathroom, or kitchenette can push costs up to $60,000 or more.


  • What is the cost of using FTR Renovation & Build services?

    • The cost depends on a variety of different factors that will be covered and analyzed in depth during the first steps of working with FTR! 
    • Average project costs can go from $50,000 to $600,000+
    • FTR Prides itself on taking on all projects regardless of the previous challenges. We work for a 100% completion rate!
  • How does FTR Renovation & Build stand out from other contractors?

    • With a 40-year legacy and over a thousand completed projects, we bring unparalleled experience to the table.
    • We prioritize transparent communication and keep our promises, making us a partner you can rely on.
    • Our team is fully licensed, insured, and covered by workers’ comp, ensuring a stable and reliable service.
  • What types of projects are ideal for FTR Renovation & Build?

    • Whether it’s an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit), garage conversion, or any other home improvement project, FTR’s in-house specialists deliver unmatched craftsmanship.
    • We’re not just ADU builders; we’re your partners in transforming spaces and realizing your dream space.
  • Which regions are covered by FTR Renovation & Build?

    We service all of California.

  • How can FTR Renovation & Build assist with my property upgrade?

    • FTR Renovation & Build is most known for its exceptionally talented ADU Builders, who’s work in Garage Conversions and other accessory dwelling units enhance the value of your property regardless of what you’re attempting to achieve with the new  living space.
    • We collaborate with realtors and architects to bring your vision to life, ensuring a hassle-free experience.
    • We offer a straightforward 3-step approach—connect & share, expert meetup, and personalized plans—to effortlessly improve your property.