Conversion of El Cerrito garage to living space
I have a ramshackle 2-story garage permitted as R-2 by the City of El Cerrito. I am interested in converting it into a separate dwelling unit, but don't know where to start. Budget is an issue. A friend suggested that a designer might be more cost-effective than an architect. I'm seeking recommendations for designers, architects and/or contractors to consider for this project as well as any advice from people who have successfully converted a detached garage in El Cerrito (or elsewhere) into living space. Thanks!