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Garage Conversion: Affordably Add Space To Your Home

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

As your family grows larger, you'll probably start looking into different ways to accommodate having more people in the house. The default option for a lot of people is to purchase a larger home with more room for everyone. And that's a good option if you have the money and credit score to do it. But what if you like your current home and just want a way to add more space to your current home? Well, you can always converted your garage into extra living space.

Think about it, your garage already has all of the elements of a fantastic room... walls, solid foundation, and a roof. It's already attached to your home, so you don't have to worry about building a special door that leads from your house to the garage. Plus, you can easily add the necessary wiring to power it without breaking the bank.

With careful and thoughtful planning, you can create a beautiful new room that blends in with the rest of your existing home. Before you start your garage conversion, go out to your garage and see if it holds the potential you need for adding more living space to your home.

First Step: Your Garage Door

Your first big decision is your garage door; what exactly do you want to do with it.You can always remove it, and fill it so that it looks like any other wall in your home. Or you could convert it to a large patio door, or even a large window.

Second Step: The Floor

More than likely, your garage sits on an uninsulated concrete slab. This slab serves as the foundation, and is usually a couple of inches below the floor level inside the house. Don't worry if your floor is slightly sloped toward the door or a drain in the garage. This enables any water that finds it way into the garage to easily drain out.

If you do decide to keep your garage floor, you'll want to curb it so that water will be kept out of the converted space and protect the wall framing from moisture. If you really want it to feel like all of the other rooms in your home, you can also level out the floor. But, you don't really have to do this if you don't want to.

Third Step: Cooling and Heating The Room

If your garage is attached to your home, you can extend your existing cooling and heating system into your new space affordably. If your garage isn't attached or it turns out you can't extend your existing HVAC system, you can also purchase a stand alone system for the space. You have your choice of portable garage heaters and stand alone air conditioner units. Once you add sufficient insulation to the walls and ceiling, you'll be able to control the temperature of your room.

Fourth Step: Electricity

Just to make sure everything goes off without a hitch, you'll want to add at least one new 20-amp circuit to your home. Use an underground conduit to run the wiring directly to the garage.

Fifth Step: Plumbing

If you're not a plumber, this is the most challenging part of the entire project. You can always use the restrooms you currently have in your home, and save yourself the headache.

However, if you do decide to move forward, the tricky part is figuring out how to drain water from the garage. Supplying it is pretty straight-forward, but drainage is a big hassle. If you're nto a plumber, definitely hire someone that knows what they're doing. You can end up costing yourself thousands of dollars if you're trying to do it by yourself with no previous knowledge.

Sixth Step: Parking and Storage Space

This is the perfect opportunity to clean out your garage. You've been meaning to do it for years, but things just kept coming up or you were intimidated by the amount of stuff that was in there. But, now you have to clear everything out to make room for your conversion.

The downside of converting your garage is that you will no longer be able to store your vehicle there. But, if you really need to store your vehicle in an enclosed structure, you can always build a carport.

Seventh Step: Architecture

The last thing is to make sure that the exterior of the garage looks like a part of the house, rather than some random addition. Make sure to match the colors, siding, door and window styles in addition to the landscaping. Many people fail to do this and make their garage conversions stand out for all of the wrong reasons.

The last, and the easiest step, is matching the exterior of the converted garage with the rest of the house. Match the colors, door and window styles, siding if any, and the landscape with the rest of your home. Many people don't do this, and it makes a fantastic converted garage look terrible.


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