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Poway Garage Conversion

Converting your garage into more usable floor space, a detached unit, an extra bedroom, or a dedicated media room will add value to your property. However, it is important to understand what goes into the project and the types of permits and building regulations that guide garage conversion projects in Poway.

The types of permits required for your garage conversion in Poway include the following:

  • Building permits for all structural modifications covering the addition of walls, windows, and doors.
  • Electrical permits for electrical upgrades such as rewiring and installing lighting fixtures and outlets.
  • Plumbing permits cover the plumbing works, from plumbing and drainage systems to installing sinks, toilets, and showers.
  • Mechanical permits are needed for any HVAC work, installing air conditioning and heating systems.

Some of the key features we consider include:

Garage Conversion
  • Ceiling Height: A garage conversion in Poway must have a minimum ceiling height of 2.4 meters. Before setting out on the project, we check the stud height and if it is possible to increase it.
  • Weather-tightness: To ensure the converted space is protected from weather elements and remains comfortable, the walls must be sealed and finished with appropriate wall linings.
  • Floor: Because most garages have concrete slab floors, we must install a waterproof membrane to ensure the new space meets all Poway garage conversion regulations on safety and comfort.
  • Parking: In some Poway residential zones, it is a requirement to have a space for off-street parking. That space would have originally included the garage, so if that is being converted, it is important to create alternative off-street parking options to comply with your zoning regulations.

We will install a new front wall and window depending on your local Poway garage conversion regulations. Since the newly converted space will be considered habitable, it will need to comply with the standards required for any electrics and plumbing that need to be installed.

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    Poway ADU Builders

    Whether you need more space for your growing family or a rental unit, our Poway ADU builders offer detailed design and construction solutions that take care of everything from ADU plans and designs, permits, and procuring construction materials to final city inspections.

    We can construct different accessory dwelling units that include;

    • Home addition – depending on the home’s structure, room addition ranges from one or two-story pop from one side of the house and bump-outs to conventional house addition.
    • The attached ADU is connected to the main house or can be a space in the main house with a separate entryway from the man living unit.
    • Detached ADU – a separate living space on the property with the look and feel of a house but on a smaller scale.
    Kitchen Remodeling

    Poway Kitchen Remodeling

    With over 15 years of experience as a Poway kitchen remodeling contractor, we can design and transform your kitchen by installing features that reflect your catering lifestyle and provide the functionality your family requires.

    We have a detailed approach that allows you to follow and understand each milestone as it is reached, which includes site visits, design, permit application, material selection, construction, and final inspection.

    Our professionals handle everything from demolition to framing, plumbing, electrical fixtures, floor installation, cabinetry, countertops, adding your new appliances, and final touches to your kitchen.

    Poway Bathroom Remodeling

    Better Place Remodeling can work with you every step of the way to make your dream bathroom a reality, whether you are considering a complete bathroom remodel project or you want minor changes such as waterproofing surface and plumbing upgrades.

    Our Poway bathroom remodeling service covers all aspects essential to your project's success, including safety demolition, design, layout, and functionality, as well as material selection and procurement and finishes that are appealing to your home.

    • Upgrading Layout and Functionality – by considering your needs, we can create a stylish and functional bathroom by creating a spacious floor plan and installing features such as walk-in showers, which are suitable for the elderly.
    • Water-Resistant Surface (Flooring and Walls) – we can improve your bathroom’s appeal with water-resistant surfaces (for flooring, worktops, and walls), such as porcelain tiles, granite counters, and marble shower stalls.
    • Cabinets, Vanities, and Countertops – whether planning to do a complete modification or simply making some minor changes, we provide great solutions for quality cabinets and countertops to improve both looks and functionality of your bathroom.
    • Ventilation system – we can help you choose and install the right ventilation system for your bathroom, depending on the room size. Our options include an exhaust fan installed in the ceiling and an inline fan that mounts directly to your home’s ductwork.
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    Poway Backyard Remodeling

    Regardless of the size and layout of your front yard and backyard project, our team will deliver the right solutions to achieve the desired results. Additionally, we use quality landscaping and hardscaping resources to ensure your front yard and backyard upgrade is completed successfully.

    Some of our Poway backyard remodeling services to improve your outdoor life and comfort are listed below.

    Backyard Remodeling Project

    Planning and Design

    Before starting your front yard and backyard upgrade in Poway, we will develop the plan and design by assessing the current state of the spaces and identifying any areas that need improvement. This can include overgrown plants, outdated hardscaping, or poor drainage.

    With a clear idea of what needs to be addressed, we consider the overall style of your home and your style preferences. Some popular front yard and backyard design styles include modern, traditional, rustic, and mediterranean.

    Features of Backyard Upgrade

    The features you choose to add to your front yard and backyard can significantly impact the overall look and feel of the space. Some common features include the following:

    • Plants – we help you choose well-suited plants for your local climate and soil conditions. Consider color, texture, and height when selecting plants for your outdoor space.
    • Hardscaping – we create defined walkways or patio areas using paving stones, bricks, concrete, and wood.
    • Outdoor lighting – our outdoor lighting options can add beauty and functionality to your space. We recommend low-voltage lighting highlighting key features like plants, hardscaping, and architecture.
    • Water features – outdoor features like fountains, ponds, and waterfalls can add a tranquil and peaceful element to your front yard and backyard landscapes.

    Poway Outdoor Remodeling

    Our Poway outdoor remodeling experts will improve your outdoor living experience by implementing your outdoor space design ideas.

    We have the expertise and creativity to improve your home's curb appeal by remodeling the outdoor spaces and tailoring them to your exact specifications and needs by working with you throughout the project.

    1 Outdoor kitchen

    Whether you want a new outdoor kitchen or to upgrade an existing one, we are here to walk you through the design, from installing grills, islands, and countertops to installing a working plumbing system.

    2 Pools and Outdoor Water Features

    Considering your landscape layout, we can create design and install the right outdoor water features such as fountains, ponds, and functional pools.

    3 Fireplace and fire pit

    Our team can install your preferred outdoor fire features, including propane fire pits, wood-burning fire pits, natural gas fire pits, and gel fuel fire pits. We design permanent or potable fireplaces that use wood fuel, electricity, or gas fuel.

    4 Deck and patios

    Whether building a new patio or renovating an existing one, our outdoor remodeling experts in Poway can design and build custom decks and patios to your style.

    5 Artificial turf

    Whether you want to install artificial grass between pavers, on the playground or create curves around soil borders, along pathways, around water features, and bends around corners and walls, you can count on us to make your vision a reality.

    6 Retaining wall construction

    We offer retaining wall design and building services with different materials, including concrete blocks. Our retaining wall construction designs include walls constructed across the slope to prevent soil erosion and floods.

    Our Remodeling Process and Approach

    We take a straightforward and stress-free approach to our work.


    Planning and Assessment.

    After the consultation, we will meet at your home for an in-depth project assessment and discuss the key details. Our members will help you understand the scope of the project and help you know what is needed.


    Design Phase.

    With your vision and Poway remodeling and building guidelines, our designers present your remodeling ideas on paper and use the 3D rendering technology for your final review based on your needs and project ideas.


    Obtaining Poway Remodeling Permits.

    Once you are satisfied with the designs, we will consult Poway permitting office with the final designs and plans for the remodeling and building permits. As part of the process, we schedule a meeting with the officials and site inspections through different project stages.


    Material Selection.

    With our experience as a Poway remodeling contractor, our team will help you identify the right vendors and help you select quality materials to suit your renovation needs based on style, functionality, and aesthetical value.


    Build and Install.

    The construction team will liaise with you to prepare your home for the construction phase. Using structural designs, we take care of demolitions and knocking down walls, load-bearing considerations, framing, plumbing, electrical fixtures, installation of new features, and adding finishing touches to your project.


    Final Inspection.

    Once the project is complete, we will schedule a final inspection by the city of Poway to ensure your remodeling is completed within the set guidelines and safe for occupancy. We will also have a post-job walkthrough to ensure you are comfortable with the finished job.

    Financing Your Home Remodeling Project

    Better Place Remodeling believes everyone should be entitled to renovate their home. That’s why we work with the best financing companies to provide our customers with different financing plans so they can find the one that best fits their needs.



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    We’ll arrive at your home to get a better understanding of your vision and to discuss your ideas, budget and needs.



    Design & Planning

    We’ll make sure to get and prepare all documentation and permits required to proceed with your home renovation project.

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    Construction Documents & Building Permits

    We’ll make sure to get and prepare all documentation and permits required to proceed with your home renovation project.

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    Construction Phase

    Once the plan has been agreed on and finalized we’ll begin the construction phase. We will work relentlessly to make your vision a beautiful, efficient, and long-lasting reality. All our San Diego home renovation projects are built to the highest standards.

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    Final Walkthrough

    Before we hand you back your keys we’ll do a final walkthrough to ensure that every detail is of the highest quality, and that you have received every item on the project plan and is to your satisfaction.

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    My wife and I hired Better Place Remodeling on May 7, 2020, and our project was completed on August 31, 2020. Evi was the first person with whom we made in-person contact, and let me tell you, he exuded nothing but professionalism, courtesy, and respect to both my wife and me! Having hired F.A.T. Construction prior under the general foreman Tony Chavez and having a VERY POOR experience with that contractor, my wife and I were very skeptical, to say the least. Evi quickly earned our trust and our business through his constant contact and updates. He always kept my wife in the loop with all major decisions during the project. Had I not continuously kept adding more to the project, Evi and his crew would have finished a lot sooner than expected. Evi even went so far as to bring us his favorite type of coffee direct from Israel as we had a good working relationship. The one time I got frustrated at the job was nothing to do with Better Place Remodeling, but rather the City of Escondido with their slow permit approval process due to COVID-19. Even though this wasn't Evi's fault, he even brought me Starbucks coffee one night and further explained the backlog of permits. I also would like to send a shout-out to Barr and to Evi's top Landscaper Herman. Barr stepped in and helped Evi with our project when Evi's plate was full. Barr also exuded the same professionalism, courtesy, and respect to both my wife and me! Herman? What can I say? The guy has landscaping skills! Let him make suggestions to you and be open-minded about them-you will not be disappointed! Thanks, Evi, Barr, and Herman for such tremendous work on our home!

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      1 How Do I Start the Remodeling Process?

      Our design-build team can assist you in setting your vision and consider all preferences and requirements while helping you achieve your dream. We can also help you source the best materials for the space and customize construction to accommodate the optimal use of your home.

      2 How Long Will My Remodel Project Take?

      Each remodeling project takes different timelines to complete. During the planning phase, we will provide you with a timeline for the design and construction stages and give any updates concerning the progress of your project.

      3 Do You Oversee the Construction Process?

      Yes, we are responsible for the daily oversight of all operations on the construction site, including the management of all material labor and equipment and the communication of all the information with the homeowners.

      4 Does Home Remodeling Need a Permit?

      A permit is required for new construction, addition, remodeling, or repair of electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems.

      At Better Place Remodeling, we will help you apply and obtain all the necessary permits by preparing the right site plans, submitting paperwork, and scheduling site inspections.

      5 What Happens if I Don't Obtain a Permit for My Garage Conversion?

      Poway’s building department will impose disciplinary action on the homeowner and contractor who violate the law, such as civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation, license suspension or revocation, and payment of assessed penalties and permit fees. 


      Unpermitted work that violates city regulations may result in a code violation fee of $350-$600, increasing to $1200-$1500 if unpaid within 30 days.


      Besides, your home insurance may not cover any damages or accidents from unpermitted work, and you will find it difficult to sell your home in the future.

      6 Are there any Tax Benefits for converting My Garage into a Living Space?

      Converting a garage into a living space may offer tax benefits. If the renovation is classified as a capital improvement, its cost can be added to your home’s cost basis, which may reduce your capital gains tax liability when you sell your property. 


      Also, using the living space as a home office might qualify you for a tax deduction for the portion of your home used exclusively for business. 


      Nonetheless, it is our advice to seek advice from a tax specialist to ascertain your eligibility for these advantages.

      7 What Type of Foundation Do I Need for My Detached ADU Construction?

      In most cases, an accessory dwelling unit’s foundation requirements vary based on multiple factors, including size, weight, soil type, and seismic activity. 


      Although a concrete slab-on-grade foundation is often used for ADUs, our structural engineering team will help you determine the best foundation for your project.

      8 What are the Design Ideas for a Minimalist ADU?

      Just like other residential spaces, minimalist ADU design ideas emphasize simplicity. To achieve this, we recommend neutral colors, clean lines, and minimal furnishings, which create an uncluttered space.


      You could also enhance the living area’s ambiance by including natural light and plants, which add warmth and texture.

      9 What is Trim Work, and Why Is It Important for a Bathroom Remodel?

      In a bathroom remodel, trim work refers to the final/finishing details added to walls, ceilings, and floors to achieve a polished appearance. It involves installing baseboards, crown molding, and trim around windows and doors. 


      Trim work is important as it hides flaws, adds visual appeal, and creates a unified design.

      10 How can I Maximize Storage Space in a Kitchen Design?

      For an efficient kitchen design, you can make the most of the available storage space by installing pull-out drawers in lower cabinets, utilizing vertical space with tall cabinets or open shelving, and adding a kitchen island with built-in storage. 


      Another helpful tip is to select multi-functional appliances like a microwave-convection oven combo to save space.

      11 What is the difference between a Deck and a Patio?

      The difference between decks and patios is mainly in their material and installation. Generally made of wood or composite materials, decks are raised structures, whereas patios, made of concrete or pavers, sit directly on the ground. 


      Decks are ideal for uneven or sloped terrain, while patios are recommended for flat areas.

      12 How Can I Create a Front Yard that is Safe for Children and Pets?

      A secure front yard for children and pets should have a fence around the perimeter, non-toxic plants and landscaping materials, and soft surfaces with enough shade.

      13 What are the Common Outdoor Flooring Patterns in Poway?

      Poway’s trendy outdoor flooring patterns include herringbone, chevron, basket weave, and running bond. They add visual appeal and texture to your outdoor space and can be created using concrete pavers, natural stone, or wood decking.

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      As a professional Poway remodeling contractor, we make the entire process hassle-free. We start by understanding your remodeling goals and ensuring your project suits your goals. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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