Do you own a Los Angeles Home with an underutilized garage or empty back yard? Do you want to capture your home’s hidden upside potential and maximize your return on investment? Do you want to build an Accessory Dwelling unit and start collecting rent and lower your expenses? If the answer is yes then it’s time to take the next step and contact one of these Local Los Angeles residential Architect firms who have been vetted by me and are well versed with the ins and outs of designing, permitting, and constructing ADUs in Los Angeles. Consulting Fees will vary from $100/hr to $200/hr. Most of these companies have a standard ADU plan that they can provide for a fixed fee. If you decide you want to customize the plan or make changes then they usually will go by an hourly bases. Expect Architect fees to be in the $5,000 range on average and up to $10,000 for more elaborate designs.
The Two most common ADU types I see in Los Angeles are Garage Conversion ADUs (Estimated Cost $40,000 to $60,000) and New Construction ADUs (Estimated Cost $120,000 – $150,000). In addition to these main types, there are also Prefab construction ADUs and Attic, Basement, or Room Conversions. From what I have been told by some of the architects on this list who have explored or tried to design Prefab ADU’s they have had a hard time making them work, because unless you have huge scale the Prefab ADUs come out to a similar cost as New Construction. The advantage they would still have is faster completion times, but the ADU process is already pretty quick to begin with last from 3 – 9 months depending on the complexity of the project, so saving a month or two doesn’t really make a big different for most home owners. With that said, there are some pretty cool prefab ADU’s out there, so if you just like one particular unit you might just get that one because you like it.