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How Long It Takes to Build an ADU in LA County

How Long Does It Take to Build an ADU in LA County?

It generally takes about three to six months months to build an ADU in LA County, California. There are various time factors that determine how long it takes to build an ADU.

When we say three to six months, we are referring to the amount of time it takes after hiring an ADU contractor in Los Angeles. But you also have to remember that finding and hiring the right contractor/construction company will take some time as well. If you add up the amount of time it may take homeowners to find and hire a contractor/construction company, then that additional time will be based on each homeowner.

Let’s briefly go over what some of the main factors are that affect how long it takes to build and ADU in LA County then we will discuss them each in further detail.

Time Factors of Building an ADU in LA County Include:

  • Finding and hiring a general contractor/construction company.
  • General contractor must prepare blueprints and all necessary paperwork in order to submit to the city.
  • City must approve blueprints and all necessary paperwork.
  • Contractor must complete all necessary construction after city approval.

Time Factors of Building an ADU in LA County Discussed in Further Detail

1. Finding and Hiring a General Contractor (Time it Takes: Generally 1 Week to 2 Months or More)

This process usually takes one week to two months or more based on how fast the homeowner acts and how fast the general contractor is able to provide a free estimate that the homeowner accepts.

We are including this as a factor because it does actually require some time and effort from the homeowner. This is due to the fact that it takes time to call companies/contractors, set appointments with companies/contractors, and hire the right company/contractor which would generally be after they prepare an estimate.

The amount of time it takes to find and hire a general contractor depends on the homeowner, currently existing conditions that surround them such as contractor availability, and the amount of time it takes for a contractor to prepare an estimate.

2. Contractor Must Draw Blueprints, Prepare Paperwork and Submit to City (Time it Takes: Generally 1 to 4 Weeks)

This process can take anywhere from one to four weeks. The factors that determine how long this process takes for the general contractor to complete is based on the scale of the project, capability of the contractor, and availability of the contractor.

If the project is small, the contractor is available and capable, then this process should be on the faster side. If the project is larger and more complex, it can take a bit longer to prepare the blue prints based on the amount of work that needs to be done by a contractor. Availability and capability of contractors are based on the contractors themselves so it is best to try and determine these two factors with the best of your ability by asking questions, interviewing, and examining before hiring anyone.

3. City Must Approve Blueprints and Paperwork (Time it Takes: Up to 2 Months)

Due to a recently passed law California Assembly Bill 68, cities now have a maximum of two months (60 days) to approve or deny blueprints and paperwork for ADU permits.

This process used to take up to four months (120 days) because that is the amount of time that the law used allow cities to have prior to assembly bill 68 being passed. As a result of required approval from the city in order to move forward with the project, this process can possibly be extended if plans are not approved by the city the first time they are submitted.

4. Contactor Must Complete All Necessary Construction Work (Time it Takes: Generally 1 to 2 Months)

This process of completing all necessary construction work generally takes one to two months. The factors that determine how long this process takes are once again based on the scale of the project, contractor capability, and contractor availability.

We have to take all the work that needs to be done into consideration. Therefore, in simple terms, the amount of time it takes to complete the construction work will be directly proportional to the amount of work that needs to be done. The more work that needs to be done, the longer it will take.

One varying factor of the scale of a project would be based on if it is a garage conversion in Los Angeles or a new ADU addition. Garage conversions are generally quicker than building a completely new ADU addition. This is due to the fact that the existing structure and foundation of a garage reduce the amount of work that needs to be done in comparison to building a new structure and foundation.

How to Calculate the Total Time It Will Take to Build an ADU in LA County

When adding up all the time factors above, it generally takes around three to six months to build an ADU after hiring a contractor/construction company.

In order to have a better idea of how long an individual homeowners project might take, the amount of time a homeowner takes to hire a contractor should be added to the average time of three to six months that’s needed after hiring the contractor. If you take two months to hire someone, you should add that two months to the three to six months needed after hiring the contractor in order to have a better idea of how long your project would take. In this case of taking two months to hire, you can add the two months time, to the average time of three to six months required after hiring someone, and that would turn your approximate ADU completion time to five to seven months.

Let’s calculate a few different examples of how long it will take to build and ADU based on how long it takes a homeowner to hire someone.

Example 1: If it takes a homeowner one month to search for and hire an ADU contractor.

Add the one month it took to search and hire someone, to the average of three to six months, making the total average four to seven months.

Mathematics of example 1:

(1 month searching) + (3 to 6 months additional time required) = 4 to 7 months average time to build an ADU in this case.

Example 2: If it takes a homeowner three months to search for and hire an ADU contractor.

Add the three months it took to search and hire someone, to the average of three to six months, making the total average six to nine months.

Mathematics of example 2:

(3 month searching) + (3 to 6 months additional time required) = 6 to 9 months average time to build ADU in this case.

Example 3: If it takes a homeowner five months to search for and hire an ADU contractor.

Add the five months it took to search and hire someone, to the average of three to six months additional time required, making the total average eight to eleven months.

Mathematics of example 3:

(5 month searching) + (3 to 6 months additional time required) = 8 to 11 months average time to build ADU in this case.

If you have any additional questions about how long it will take you to build an ADU in LA County, please feel free to get in touch with All American Builders anytime. You can give us a call at (844) 226-3314 or use the online form below.

 

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Has the Coronavirus Made It Too Dangerous to Start a New Construction Project at Your Home in the US?

Has the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Made It Too Dangerous to Start a New Construction Project at Your Home in the US?

Although citizens of the United States have been suggested to stay at home and not attend public gatherings, the Coronavirus has not necessarily made it too dangerous to start a new construction project at your home.

The currently reported amount of patients that have been diagnosed in the United States remains relatively low thanks to drastic measures taken by our government early on. In addition, most construction workers spend a majority of their time in isolation while working on a particular project, making it a job that does not require workers to come into contact with a high volume of people. Self isolation is and has been already suggested for those who are or may be infected with the Coronavirus, in order to prevent further spread.

If you are concerned about being infected by a construction worker, you may require that all construction workers who come on your property must wear respirators or surgical masks in order to prevent them from releasing germs through their breath. If you decide to take this approach, please make sure to include the agreement terms in your contract with them in order to prevent any future complications.

Check out the Coronavirus safety measures taken by our contractors at All American Builders for more information about some of the things that our company is doing in order to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Who Is the Coronavirus Particularly Dangerous For?

As a result of the Coronavirus, major panic has occurred throughout the United States and the world. But how dangerous is this virus for the average person?

Contrary to public opinion, the Coronavirus may not be as dangerous as you think for the average young and healthy person. Based on reports of COVID-19 patients, the effects of the virus are not much different from the flu. Just like the flu, the main people who are susceptible to falling into critical condition due to the virus include senior citizens and people with currently existing health problems.

Therefore, for a healthy person, the Coronavirus may not seem like much more than the average flu, causing a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath, high fever, etc. For more critical cases, pneumonia can occur in patients. As a result of these conditions, older people and people with currently existing health problems are particularly susceptible to the virus.

Those who have symptoms are probably already self isolating, so that itself reduces the chances of you receiving it. If you feel that a construction worker is showing symptoms of the flu, it may be best to post pone the project to a later time in order to prevent the potential spreading of gems.

Based on information discussed above, the Coronavirus should not necessarily stop you from approaching a new construction project unless you, a family member, or someone that lives in your home falls under the category of people who are highly susceptible to the virus, such as older people and those with currently existing health problems. As a matter of fact, if you and your family are healthy individuals, it may be a great time to take advantage of the opportunity of being home while construction occurs on your property.

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The Process of Building an ADU in California

What Is the Process of Building an ADU in California?

Are you wondering what the process of building an ADU in California is? The process of building an ADU in California can slightly vary based on the unique specifications of each project, but in most cases the process is very similar.

Most accessory dwelling units are usually built from garage conversions in Los Angeles, although, in some cases they are new building additions as well.

There are various steps that are generally taken when building a legally permitted ADU in California.

Steps of Building an ADU in California

Step 1: Think About and Come up With a Basic Idea of Your Desired ADUs Size, Layout, Style, and Materials

The goal of the first step is for you to just get somewhat of an idea of how you want your ADU to be.

In the beginning, just come up with a generalized idea about certain specifications of your desired ADU, such as size, layout, style, materials, and anything else you can think of. This can be adjusted and improved upon during the following steps.

Step 2: Set up an Appointment With a Professional Near You to Start Legitimizing the Process

A general contractor or home remodeling company that specializes in ADUs can help you start legitimizing the entire process from start to finish.

They will help you with legal requirements, planning, financing, construction, and more.

Step 3: Discuss and Plan Project Details With the Professional, Including Size, Layout, Design, and Materials

During your appointment with a professional, discuss all the ideas you thought of during step one.

The professional you choose to work with should be able to take the ideas you share with them about your desired ADU, and provide you with proper suggestions and information about making the best choices for your specific situation.

After going over all the details with the professional, they should be able to provide you with an estimate of how much the project would cost you.

Step 4: Create Blueprints and Submit to City or County

After coming up with the details of your project with a professional and going over costs, the professional should be able to create blueprints for the project if you decide you want to hire them for the job.

Once blueprints are created, they will need to be submitted to your local government agency and they will need to be approved before beginning the process of construction.

Step 5: Begin Construction Process After Obtaining Permit Approval from City or County

After obtaining approval for a permit, the construction process can begin.

Stay updated with everything that goes on throughout the entire construction process in order to make sure things are going according to plan. Construction workers may be more careful throughout the entire process if they see that the owner is interested in everything that goes on during that time.

Get Professional Assistance With the Process of Building an ADU in California Now!

Are you located in or around Los Angeles County? If so, you can set up a free appointment with us at your location to get an estimate for your desired ADU project!

Feel free to get in touch anytime by using the form below or you can give us a call at (844) 226-3314 as well!

 

California ADU Law 2020 Assembly Bill 68 (AB-68)

Assembly Bill 68 (AB 68)

California ADU Law 2020: Assembly Bill 68 (AB 68)

What Is the New California ADU Law in 2020 and It’s Purpose?

California ADU Law 2020: Assembly Bill 68 (AB 68) is a law that updates currently existing laws involved with garage conversion and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). AB 68 was approved by the governor and filed with the secretary of state on October 09, 2019. It is act to amend (make changes to) Sections 65852.2 and 65852.22 of the Government Code, relating to land use. AB68 provides property owners with additional flexibility to develop legally permitted ADUs in California, with the purpose of addressing the current housing crisis in the state.

Prior AB 68 updating California ADU Laws in 2020, there were existing standards and requirements for obtaining legally permitted ADUs. What AB 68 has done is update currently existing laws involved with ADUs, such as Senate Bill 1069, in order to provide additional flexibility for property owners to legally convert garages into ADUs. One main purpose of laws passed in recent years that are in favor of ADUs is that they are meant to be a form of addressing the current housing crisis in California by increasing the amount of affordable housing in the state.

Due to the fact that the housing cost is so high in California and that the state is relatively more populated than others, ADUs have now become highly beneficial for many people. As more homeowners convert their garages into ADUs, additional affordable living space is created in the state. This allows renters save money while in addition allows homeowners to receive an additional form of income. This is a win-win situation for both parties, and this is why laws are being pushed towards being in favor of garage conversion more and more.

How Has AB 68 Updated or Changed Existing California ADU Laws in 2020?

We have already mentioned that AB-68 provides additionally flexibility for homeowners to obtain legally permitted ADU. Now we will go over the specific details about how AB-68 has affected previously existing laws as stated by on an official government website at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB68.

Specific Details About How AB68 Affects California ADU Laws in 2020

(1) Changes Made by AB 68 Involved With Lot Size

Previously Existing Law:
“The Planning and Zoning Law authorizes a local agency to provide, by ordinance, for the creation of accessory dwelling units in single-family and multifamily residential zones and requires such an ordinance to impose standards on accessory dwelling units, including, among others, lot coverage. Existing law also requires such an ordinance to require the accessory dwelling units to be either attached to, or located within, the living area of the proposed or existing primary dwelling, or detached from the proposed or existing primary dwelling and located on the same lot as the proposed or existing primary dwelling.”
Changes Made by AB 68 to Existing Law Above:
“This bill would delete the provision authorizing the imposition of standards on lot coverage and would prohibit an ordinance from imposing requirements on minimum lot size. The bill would revise the requirements for an accessory dwelling unit by providing that the accessory dwelling unit may be attached to, or located within, an attached garage, storage area, or an accessory structure, as defined.”

(2) Changes Made by AB 68 Involved With Max Waiting Days for Permit Approval

Previously Existing Law:

“Existing law requires a local agency to ministerially approve or deny a permit application for the creation of an accessory dwelling unit or a junior accessory dwelling unit within 120 days of receiving the application.”

Changes Made by AB 68 to Existing Law Above:
“This bill would instead require a local agency to ministerially approve or deny a permit application for the creation of an accessory dwelling unit or junior accessory dwelling unit within 60 days from the date the local agency receives a completed application if there is an existing single-family or multifamily dwelling on the lot, and would authorize the permitting agency to delay acting on the permit application if the permit application is submitted with a permit application to create a new single-family or multifamily dwelling on the lot, as specified.”

(3) Changes Made by AB 68 Involved With Max ADU Size

Previously Existing Law:
“Existing law prohibits the establishment by ordinance of minimum or maximum size for an accessory dwelling unit, or size based upon a percentage of the proposed or existing primary dwelling, if the limitations do not permit at least an efficiency unit to be constructed.”
Changes Made by AB 68 to Existing Law Above:
“This bill would instead prohibit the imposition of those limitations if they do not permit at least an 800 square foot accessory dwelling unit that is at least 16 feet in height with 4-foot side and rear yard setbacks to be constructed. This bill would additionally prohibit the imposition of limits on lot coverage, floor area ratio, open space, and minimum lot size if they prohibit the construction of an accessory dwelling unit meeting those specifications.”

(4) Changes Made by AB 68 Involved With Amount ADUs Per Lot

Previously Existing Law:
“Existing law requires ministerial approval of a building permit to create within a zone for single-family use one accessory dwelling unit per single-family lot, subject to specified conditions and requirements.”
Changes Made by AB 68 to Existing Law Above:
“This bill would instead require ministerial approval of an application for a building permit within a residential or mixed-use zone to create the following: (1) one accessory dwelling unit and one junior accessory dwelling unit per lot with a proposed or existing single-family dwelling if certain requirements are met; (2) a detached, new construction accessory dwelling unit that meets certain requirements and would authorize a local agency to impose specified conditions relating to floor area and height on that unit; (3) multiple accessory dwelling units within the portions of an existing multifamily dwelling structure provided those units meet certain requirements; or (4) not more than two accessory dwelling units that are located on a lot that has an existing multifamily dwelling, but are detached from that multifamily dwelling and are subject to certain height and rear yard and side setback requirements.”

(5) Changes Made by AB 68 Involved With Department of Housing and Community Development and Written Findings for Compliance With State Law

Previously Existing Law:

“Existing law requires a local agency to submit its accessory dwelling unit ordinance to the Department of Housing and Community Development within 60 days after adoption and authorizes the department to review and comment on the ordinance.”

Changes Made by AB 68 to Existing Law Above:
“This bill would instead authorize the department to submit written findings to a local agency as to whether the local ordinance complies with state law, and would require the local agency to consider the department’s findings and to amend its ordinance to comply with state law or adopt a resolution with specified findings. The bill would require the department to notify the Attorney General that the local agency is in violation of state law if the local agency does not amend its ordinance or adopt a resolution with specified findings.”

(6) Changes Made by AB 68

“This bill would also prohibit a local agency from issuing a certificate of occupancy for an accessory dwelling unit before issuing a certificate of occupancy for the primary residence.”

(7) Changes Made by AB 68

“This bill would require a local agency that has not adopted an ordinance for the creation of junior accessory dwelling units to apply the same standards established by this bill for local agencies with ordinances.”

(8) Changes Made by AB 68

“This bill would make other conforming changes, including revising definitions and changes clarifying that the above-specified provisions regulating accessory dwelling units and junior accessory dwelling units also apply to the creation of accessory dwelling units and junior accessory dwelling units on proposed structures to be constructed.”

(9) Changes Made by AB 68

“This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 65852.2 of the Government Code proposed by AB 881 and SB 13 to be operative only if this bill and either or both AB 881 and SB 13 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.”

(10) Changes Made by AB 68

“The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.”

Do You Require Additional Information About Assembly Bill 68?

You may refer to the official California government website mentioned above for any additional information about AB-68 that may not be provided on this page. An ADU contractor near you may be able to provide you with additional information as well.

Are you interested in doing garage conversion in Los Angeles County or a surrounding area? Our garage conversion experts at All American Builders would love to help you out if you are within our service area! You can learn more about the process of working with our company here or you may feel free to give us a call at any time at (844) 226-3314 for more information.

You can take advantage of AB-68 right away and start converting your garage into an ADU as soon as you’d like!

 

The Process of Working with All American Builders

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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.