Garage Conversions vs. ADUs
You may have heard about the rise of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in San Francisco. Despite several similarities between converted garages and ADUs, one significant distinction is that ADUs operate as self-contained homes. ADUs contain a living area, kitchen, and bathroom.
Depending on your local zoning laws, authorities may consider your garage conversion an ADU. One of the determining factors pertains to its primary use. Homeowners build ADUs so people can live in them. Converted garages often serve as game rooms, bars, and other types of gathering spaces but not necessarily as livable units.
In recent years, California law has evolved to permit the increased use of ADUs. Homeowners can take advantage of these changes to add significant value to their houses by creating ADUs that prove dynamic and functional.
In contrast, a true garage conversion contains no kitchen (and perhaps no bathroom) and does not serve as housing. However, it can add considerable square footage that you can use as a bonus room, gym, music studio, or playroom for the kids.