General Questions About Building Codes

Below are some general questions about billing codes. Details of specific Building Codes will not be discussed on this page.

What Are Building Codes?

Building codes are laws that set minimum safety standards for building construction. These laws embrace all aspects of building construction, including structural items, electrical, plumbing, mechanical systems, and more.

All building construction must be up to the standards of building codes in order to get legally approved and permitted by the government.

Who Needs Building Codes and Why?

All buildings and habitable structures need building codes. The main purpose of these codes are to protect the lives of humans.

Our safety relies on the structures that we enter in every day. Building codes help make sure that the buildings we enter into on a daily basis are sturdy and reliable enough to keep us safe from any potentially dangerous construction methods or mistakes.

Building codes help make sure that the buildings we enter into on a daily basis are sturdy and reliable enough to keep us safe. They do this by preventing any potentially dangerous construction methods or mistakes from being legally permitted. Some factors that building codes are meant to provide protection from include structural collapse, fire disasters, general deterioration, water damage, unsanitary conditions, electricity, and more.

This is done by regulation and inspection to make sure that necessary construction standards are up to code. If a buildings construction methods are inspected to not be up to code, it will not be legally permitted by the government. If a building is not legally permitted, it will not legally be able to have its own address. Only building and construction methods that are up to code will be legally permitted by the government.

How Reliable Are Building Codes?

Building codes are highly enforced and much is done to make them as reliable as possible. Although no code can eliminate all risk, they are meant to reduce risk to an acceptable level. They provide required standards which must be met in order for a building to be legally approved and permitted.

The reliability of building codes somewhat depend on proper construction approval by human workers as well as proper inspections done by human workers to make sure that everything is truly up to code.

Why Inspect a Building During Construction?

Inspecting a building during construction is the only way to truly verify that code compliance has been achieved.

On average, there are about ten inspections done on buildings and structures including homes, offices, factories, warehouses, and more in order to verify that minimum standards of building codes have been met prior to the spaces being approved as being habitable. This includes inspection of electrical safety, sanitation, structural safety, fire safety, and more.

Building Codes Are Constantly Changing

Building codes are constantly changing. Some changes make laws stricter, while other changes can make laws more flexible.

For example, laws involved with garage conversion in Los Angeles have dramatically changed for the better in recent years. Thanks to the new amendments of the law, homeowners now have much more flexibility when it comes to converting a garage into an additional legally permitted unit on a property.

The Process of Working with All American Builders

How Does Our Company Work?

The process of working with All American Builders very simple. You can set a free one hour appointment with us at your location in order to go over the details of your project. Based on the details discussed during the appointment, we will be able to prepare a free estimate for the work that needs to be done.

We aim to make the process of remodeling a home as quick, easy, and efficient as possible for homeowners.

Detailed Steps About The Process of Working All American Builders:

Step 1: We speak over the phone and set a free one hour appointment with homeowners at their location during a desired time and date to discuss details of a desired home remodeling project.

Step 2: The day of the appointment, we contact the homeowners in the morning to confirm the appointments.

Step 3: We arrive at the homeowners location during the time of appointment in order to discuss details of a desired project and do an inspection of the area.

Step 4: We provide a free estimate for the work desired based on details discussed during the one hour appointment.

Step 5: Once homeowners are happy with the price, payment options will be discussed. Financing will be available for qualified clients.

Step 5: We get started on the job as soon as the homeowners are ready for us to start.

Step 6: We keep the homeowners updated about progress through ever step of the way.

Step 7: We complete the job and make sure to confirm with homeowners that everything is as perfect as they desired.

Why Choose All American Builders?

At All American Builders, we understand the importance of your time, and that remodeling a home can be a difficult thing for some homeowners. Therefore, we try to make the process as simple as possible. Our goal is to make the process of remodeling a home as easy, fast, and efficient as possible, without sacrificing quality.

We treat every project as if it were our own. Why settle for anything but the best? Our contractors experienced with the services we provide. We will work hand in hand with you to fulfill all your remodeling desires in detail! Choose All American Builders now!

One of our company specialties is doing garage conversion in Los Angeles and we take care of the entire process from start to finish. We draw out blue prints, get permits approved, and do all the necessary construction work to legally help homeowners convert their old garages into secondary units on properties of single family homes. Check out our company information on Google Maps for more information.

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2 Bedroom Unit Addition in Los Angeles

Are you planning on building a new 2 bedroom unit addition in Los Angeles? The legal requirements of having a new unit built on a home’s property can vary based on location and specifics of the project.

In California, there is a recently passed law called Senate Bill 1069 (SB-1069). This law sets standards, requirements, and regulations for garage conversion and having a secondary housing unit on a single family home. Additionally, this law prevents cities from requiring their own permits as long as a secondary housing unit falls within it’s requirements.

Another thing to note is that this law refers to a secondary housing units as an “Accessory Dwelling Units.” A new two bedroom unit can be built in accordance with this law in order for legal permits to be obtained with ease.

Get Help With Building Your 2 Bedroom Unit in Los Angeles Now!

At All American Builders we specialize in all types of new room additions and home remodeling in Los Angeles, CA.

Adding a new 2 bedroom unit to your home to your home could be a challenging thing to do, but it doesn’t need to be. If you work with All American Builders, it can be a challenge won easily. Our experts will work closely with you to go over all your desires for the project.

We can implement all your desires into the unit while making sure everything is done 100% legally and up to code.

How Much Will it Cost to Build a 2 Bedroom Unit in Los Angeles?

The cost of building a new 2 bedroom unit in Los Angeles will vary based on the scale and details of each project. Do you want to get an accurate estimate for a job you desire? Our contractors at All American Builders can definitely help you out.

We can give you a free estimate for building a new two bedroom unit in your backyard. The way this works is that you can book an appointment with one of our project managers for one hour at your location. During this time we will go over all the details of your desired project and do an inspection of the area.

Once all the details are discussed during this free one hour appointment, we will first be able to give you a ball park number of cost. If it sounds like something you are interested in moving forward with, we will draw detailed plans with all the specifics and exact pricing included.

Why settle for anything but the best? Hire a team that has expertise to deliver top quality addition you need. Our craftsmen have over 13 years experience in the industry. We can accommodate any type of new room additions you wish for.

List of some room additions we build:

We can replicate any style and design your aiming for. Our flexibility in accommodating your unique desires ensures that the end result will meet even the highest of expectations.

Take the hassle out of adding a new unit on your property. Leave the job up to All American Builders. We will take care of the entire job from start to finish. Our team of experts will deal with all the sub-contractors, suppliers, and craftsmen that are needed to complete the project.

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How Much Does Garage Conversion Cost in Los Angeles?

Are you wondering how much garage conversion costs in Los Angeles?

The average cost of garage conversion usually adds up to anywhere from around $50,000 to $80,000 depending on the scale of the project. In some cases it may cost more or less based on details of the job.

Various factors determine the total cost. We will be going over some of the main factors below.

Factors That Determine How Much Garage Conversion Will Cost in Los Angeles

There are various factors that determine how much garage conversion costs in Los Angeles. We will be going over some of these factors below.

1. Material Cost

Materials are some of the main factors of how much garage conversion costs in Los Angeles. Two main things that determine the overall material cost include the quality of the materials and the quantity of the materials.

Some materials are more expensive than others. While some garage conversion projects are larger than others and will require more materials relative to smaller ones.

If you are on a budget, you can use the lowest cost materials in order to reduce the overall cost of the job.

2. Labor Cost

Labor is another large factor of how much garage conversion costs in Los Angeles. High quality labor usually costs more than lower quality labor.

Some beginner contractors may be willing to do a job for a cheaper price. Although, the quality of the work done by a beginner may not as be as good as work done by a contractor with years of experience.

3. Kitchen Cost

Kitchens are another large cost factor of garage conversions. There are plenty of labor and materials involved with building a kitchen.

The size of the kitchen and types of materials used will determine it’s overall cost. Homeowners have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to cabinets, counter-tops, flooring, sink, faucet, tiles and more.

If you are on a budget, you can choose the lowest priced materials for your kitchen in order to reduce the overall cost of the job.

4. Bathroom Cost

Bathrooms are also large cost factors of garage conversions because due to the labor and materials involved with the job.

Similar to kitchens, a bathroom has a unique set of material costs that go along with it. Material options for bathrooms include cabinets, counter-tops, bathtub, shower, toilette, sink, faucet, flooring, tile, windows, ventilation, paint and more.

If you are on a budget, you can choose the lowest priced materials for your bathroom in order to help you save money on the overall job.

5. Plumbing Cost

Plumbing is a cost factor that varies from project to project. One main thing that effects the cost of plumbing includes the distance of the garage from the main home and the location of the main sewer line.

If the location of the garage is closer, there is less work that needs to be done with digging and installing a new sewer line. The further the location of the main homes sewer line compared to the new unit, the more it will cost to complete the plumbing.

Unfortunately, this is one cost factor that homeowners usually don’t have much flexibility with.

How to Know an Exact Garage Conversion Price for Your Home in Los Angeles

Although by now you may have an idea of how much your garage conversion in Los Angeles might cost you can get an exact price as well!

Our company offers free one hour appointments for homeowners in order to go overs the details of a project, while we do an inspection of the area. During this time, we will get an understanding of your desires in terms of style, materials, size, and more. After we have an understanding of everything you need, we will be able to provide you with a precise cost for the job.

Check us out on Google for more information, pictures, and reviews about our company. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Pros and Cons of Roofing Materials

In 2019 we have a variety of materials to choose from for our roofs. In this article we will go over some of the pros and cons of roofing materials currently available to the public.

Our options for roofing materials include various types of shingles, tiles, and metal. These materials have different styles, colors and qualities. As a result, people can make their decisions of which materials to use based on their preferences of budget and style.

List of Roofing Materials with Pros and Cons:

The list below will describe some pros and cons of roofing materials. There will be information about three different categories of roofing materials which are tile, shingles, and metal. There are multiple types of specific materials within each one of the main three categories.


Tile Roofing Materials:


Clay Tile

Pros of Clay Tile:

  • Has a long lifespan
  • Easy to maintain
  • Noncombustible
  • Available in various colors
  • Attractive

Cons of Clay Tile:

  • Expensive
  • Not easy to install
  • Weighs a lot, at about 600 – 650 pounds per square (100 sq. ft.)
  • Tiles can break from walking on them
  • Colors can fade relatively easily

Slate Tile

Pros of Slate Tile:

  • Has a very long lifespan
  • Easy to maintain
  • Noncombustible
  • Looks beautiful

Cons of Slate Tile:

  • Expensive
  • Heavy (3/8” thick slate weighs 5.5 lbs per sq. ft., 1/2” thick slate weighs around 7.3 lbs per sq. ft., 3/4″ thick slate weighs around 11 lbs per sq. ft.)

Concrete Tile

Pros of Concrete Tile:

  • Easy to maintain
  • Durable against wind and storms including hail.
  • Noncombustible
  • Multiple styles available
  • Multiple colors available

Cons of Concrete Tile:

  • Very heavy, at 800 to 1100 pounds per square (100 sq. ft.)
  • Fairly expensive
  • Not easy to install

Spanish Tile

Pros of Spanish Tile:

  • Has very long lifespan, lasting for up to 70 years
  • Noncombustible
  • Great insulation, beneficial hot and cold weather, also improving energy efficiency for heating and cooling.

Cons of Spanish Tile:

  • Expensive
  • Heavy, one square (100 sq. ft.) of 1/4″ tiles weigh about 900 lbs

Shingle Roofing Materials:


Asphalt Shingles

Pros of Asphalt Shingles:

  • Easy to install
  • Easy to repair
  • Fire resistant
  • Inexpensive compared to other roofing materials

Cons of Asphalt Shingles:

  • Lifespan of only 15 to 30 years
  • Not eco-friendly
  • Not the easiest to maintain

Wood Shingles

Pros of Wood Shingles:

  • Has a long lifespan, lasting for about 30 to 40 years.
  • Easy to repair
  • Great insulation
  • Looks natural

Cons of Wood Shingles:

  • Not easy to install
  • Has relatively high flammability.
  • Not so durable
  • Requires high maintenance compared to many other roofing materials
  • Fairly expensive

Metal Roofing Materials:


Aluminum Standing Seam Roof

Pros of Aluminum Standing Seam Roofs:

  • Can be installed above an existing roof
  • Extremely durable
  • Lightweight
  • Flame retardant
  • Great insulation
  • Many styles available
  • Many colors available

Cons of Aluminum Standing Seam Roofs:

  • Expensive
  • Not easy to install
  • Colors may fade relatively early and require painting

Steel Shingles

Pros of Steel Shingles:

  • Can be installed above an existing roof
  • Extremely durable
  • Flame retardant
  • Great insulation
  • Many styles available
  • Many colors available

Cons of Steel Shingles:

  • Expensive (slightly less expensive than aluminum standing seam)
  • Not easy to install
  • Colors may fade relatively early and require painting
  • Heavier than aluminum standing seam roofs

Choosing the Best Roofing Material for Your Home

Choosing the best roofing material for your home may not be the easiest thing to do, due to the fact that we have so many options.

We hope that this list of pros and cons will help you make the best choice possible for you. One way to decide on which one is best for you is by making the decision based on style and budget availability. If you are trying to save as much money as possible, the choice shouldn’t be so difficult. Asphalt shingles cost the least while other roofs can provide additional benefits.

If budget is not your number one concern, you can make a decision based on style and quality desires. Do you need help with making a decision for your roofing and home remodeling in Los Angeles, CA or surrounding cities? Our experts at All American Builders are always ready and willing to provide assistance.

All you need to do is go over some specific details of your project desires and circumstances. As a result, we will give our suggestions based on the information you provide us with. Additionally, we will discuss the pros and cons of the materials we suggest based on your specific situation.