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Building an ADU in Studio City: What You Need to Know

Trust South Land Remodeling to build your dream ADU for extra living space, extended family members or a source of income.

the interior of a new ADU in Studio City, CA
An ADU Designed & Built by South Land Remodeling

Although many know Studio City, California, for its quiet, tree-lined residential streets, the neighborhood also boasts trendy restaurants and shops for residents and tourists to enjoy. The neighborhood’s great school system, incredible nightlife, diverse population and low crime rates make it the fifth-best neighborhood to raise a family in Los Angeles.

The San Fernando Valley-based neighborhood’s amazing reputation reduces residents’ desire to move away, even if their family grows or they need to take in extended family members. In fact, the U.S. population living in multigenerational households has quadrupled since 1971.

So, how do they find more space?

Building an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in Studio City can help residents expand their homes, remain in this coveted neighborhood and care extended family or friends. ADUs also offer Studio City residents many other advantages.

Advantages of Building an ADU in Studio City, CA

  • Does not require paying for additional land, major infrastructure, parking structures or elevators

  • Can provide a source of income if used as a short or long-term rental

  • Increases home value

  • More cost-effective than building new multifamily buildings

  • Provides additional living space square footage

  • Offers flexibility to share space with families, friends and renters without sacrificing privacy

  • The CalHFA ADU Grant Program provides up to $40,000 in assistance to reimburse homeowners for predevelopment costs

4 Types of ADUs to Build in Studio City

If you’re interested in building an ADU, there are several types to choose from:

Detached ADU

Also known as a guest house or granny flat, detached ADUs are separate from your home’s primary structure.

Attached ADU

Attached ADUs are anchored to the primary structure, providing additional square footage.


A faster and more cost-effective option, residents can convert bedrooms or garages into separate living spaces.

Second Story Additions

You can turn the second story into an apartment to keep family close while maintaining privacy, or you can design and build a second story from scratch.

5 Ways to Utilize an ADU in Studio City

Studio City residents build ADUs for a number of reasons and uses, including but not limited to:

  • Vacation Rentals or Airbnbs

  • Long-Term Rentals

  • Guest Houses

  • Extended Family Housing

  • Pool Houses

  • Gyms

  • Playrooms

  • Offices

  • Man Caves or She Sheds

How South Land Remodeling Can Help You Add an ADU

South Land Remodeling is a top ADU contractor in the Studio City area. A five-star and award-winning ADU builder and architect, South Land Remodeling has been building this popular construction project for more than 25 years. We’re experienced in building ADUs from the ground up or converting current structures into new spaces.

We assist Studio City residents through every step of ADU building, including the complicated and time-consuming permit process. We’re well-versed in California permits, law requirements - including building and zoning laws - and ADU ordinances issued by the city of Los Angeles and the surrounding cities.

In addition to permit acquisition, we’ll manage architectural planning, demolition, design and construction, engineering, structural improvements, electrical and lighting, HVAC, roofing, tilework, plumbing, flooring, windows and doors, painting, solar panels and more. We can also build pre-approved ADU plans provided by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS), saving you time and money.

Overall, our high level of expertise and customer service put our clients at ease and ultimately craft an ADU of their dreams. Let’s get to work on your Studio City ADU!

South Land Remodeling is a licensed general contractor in Los Angeles who has years of experience and expertise building ADUs for Studio City, CA, residents. If you’re interested in building an accessory dwelling unit at your address, contact us today for a free estimate. You can also check out our recent ADU projects for inspiration.

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