If you need more living space in your home and don't relish the idea of giving up yard space or the high cost of an addition, you might consider converting your garage into a livable space. This is a great option if you want to keep costs down and you can always divide it to provide your family with more living space, as well as a dedicated laundry and/or mudroom. You can easily add quite a bit of climate controlled square footage to serve as a media room, a large bedroom, or something else.
About Garage Livable Space Conversion
When you convert a garage into living space, you'll have to do so compliant to local building codes. The first to-do on your list is to contact the local building department to learn what permits you'll need, which will in-part, depend on the scope of your conversion, for instance, adding a bathroom.
If you’re looking for a way to enlarge your home without shelling out for a full-scale addition, converting your garage into living space typically adds about 600 square feet (assuming it’s a two-car garage). The good news is that you’ll spend less than if you build an addition. The bad news is that your car may suffer, and your neighbors may not be fond of the idea. --House Logic
Though converting a garage into livable space might seem as simple as removing the retracting door, putting up a wall, adding a few windows, and laying down carpet, it's more complex than that. You have to consider how it will be heated and cooled and how you'll accommodate items that are currently stored in the space. This is where a junk removal service comes in handy, just pickup the phone and the service will clear out the space for you in no time, for a low price.
Guilford Garage Living Space Conversion Guide
When you have the garage cleared out, you can then move on with your conversion. Here are some very helpful tips about converting a garage into livable space to gain more room in your home:
- Add insulation and sheetrock or drywall. To finish the walls and to make the space comfortable, you'll have to hang a vapor barrier on the walls and then add insulation and framing, closed in by sheetrock or drywall. While doing, this, you can install electrical outlets for power.
- Tie-in climate control. If you have an adequate system, you can opt to continue the interior ceiling, complete with more insulation, and tie into your existing heat and air system. Should it be too much on your current system, upgrade it to a larger one or install an independent heat and air system.
- Insulate and cover the floors. Because most garage floors are concrete, moisture will be a problem. Like the walls, lay down a vapor barrier and then cover it with carpet or tile. In addition, you might consider raising the floor to be at the same level as the interior.
Install plumbing in the new living space. If your water heater, washer and dryer are located in the garage now, you can close those off and install a bathroom to make it more convenient. Also, you might opt to put in a few windows for natural light and to make it more feel more homey.
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