Knowing how much an ADU is going to cost you before you start building is crucial. The last thing you want is to get halfway through the build and realize you don’t have enough money to finish it. That is why we have put together a quick guide on where to get an ADU cost estimate.
What Is A Cost Estimate?
A cost estimate is pretty much a breakdown of how much everything is going to cost to develop your ADU. To complete a cost estimate, you will need to have a general idea of what type of ADU you plan to build since different types have different prices associated with them. For example, a garage conversion is significantly less expensive than a detached ADU development project.
The cost estimate will be broken down into four main parts:
- Design and planning
- City fees
- Construction labor and material
- Finish materials
The more you have in mind about how you want your ADU to look, the better the cost estimate will be. In general, though, you can expect to pay an average of $161,700 – $201,125 for a new construction ADU that is 499 square feet. If you are doing a garage conversion, you can expect to pay on average between $90,000 – 119,000 for a 2 car garage conversion.
Where To Get An ADU Cost Estimate
The professionals at Levi Design Build can evaluate your project and determine a pretty accurate cost estimate for you. They can help you through the research phase to determine whether or not you are on the right track with your ideas of general costs.
They can provide you with all your project needs and even offer you an ADU cost calculator on their website for you to try yourself to figure out how much everything is going to cost.
What They Need To Know To Do A Cost Estimation
You will need to provide them with basic information about your ADU development project such as:
- Type of ADU
- Number of floors
- Approximate number of square feet
- Type of lot ADU is on
All of these will be factored together to determine your approximate ADU costs.