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How to Determine Your Garage’s Conversion Potential

If you find you need additional space for a growing family or a career change, a garage conversion is an excellent way to expand your living space while minimizing expense. You won’t have to spend money building an addition to your house, especially if the garage is already attached to the home, because the foundation, entryway, structure, and wiring are already in place. However, there are a few things you should consider when converting your garage.

Garage Door - The main challenge you will face when converting your garage is determining what to do with the door. For safety and security, you will need to remove it and replace it with something that will blend in with the rest of the home. You could drywall the area, install a patio door, or create windows for the new room. Whatever you choose, make sure it is something that will add value to the home and you will enjoy for a long time.

Flooring - Since garages are typically used as onsite storage facilities for the family car and other unneeded items, they generally are not built with such niceties as insulated floors. Usually, the garage floor is made from concrete and may be slanted at an angle to facilitate drainage. The floor may also be several inches lower than the floor in the home. You will need to decide whether the garage floor should be leveled and if curbing needs to be installed to prevent water from entering the garage.


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Heating and Air Conditioning - Garages are typically not outfitted with heating or cooling nor are they insulated. If you are going to turn the area into usable space, you will need to make it livable. Existing heating and cooling systems can be extended to garages that are attached to the home. Detached garages will need to have an independent system installed. Although this will cost a pretty penny, you will be able to include the square footage as part of your home’s overall market value. In addition to adding heating and cooling to the space, make it energy efficient by installing insulation.

Electricity and Plumbing - Typically a garage will already be wired for electricity. If what is available is inadequate for your needs, then install a 20-amp circuit wherever you need it. The wiring can be run underground for a detached garage. Your biggest challenge with converting an attached or detached garage, though, is installing a water source and drainage. Those lucky enough to have a laundry area in the garage can usually convert that space into a bathroom. Everyone else will need to consult with an experienced plumber for ideas on how to add a source of water and drainage to your garage.

Loss of Storage and Parking - The items that are currently stored in your garage can be moved to another area of your home, such as the basement, shed, or attic. Converting your garage provides the perfect excuse to go through those boxes and get rid of things you haven’t used in years. As far as protecting your car from the weather, you can build an inexpensive carport that will shield your vehicle from rain and snow.

Blending In - It is important to put some thought into making sure your converted garage blends in with the rest of your home. Match the color scheme, siding, door and window styles, and other relevant elements to make the garage look like it is a natural part of your house.

 
 
 
 

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