How to Convert Your Garage
When people are in need of more space in their home, they think of converting their garage into a room. Though the cost involved in this conversion is very much dependent on the location of the garage as well as the plan you are going to work out, they are often half as costly as that of building a home from the scratch.
However before you start tearing your garage doors, it is better to have a close examination of the different factors involved in such an action. Let us examine some of them.
There are a lot of precautions needed to be taken to convert an area meant for your garage into a living space. Some of the basic tasks involved in this endeavor are detailed below.
- Raising the floor underneath so as to provide insulation as well as moisture barrier underneath.
- Insulating floors, ceiling walls etc if they are not insulated.
- Steps have to be taken to enable heating and cooling facility in the garage either by tying with the house system or as an independent system.
- Ensuring that the present electrical system is capable of handling the additional load.
- Removing garage doors and providing insulated stud wall.
- Adding exterior door and windows.
After knowing this information it is right time to consider whether converting the garage to living room will be correct option in your attempt to provide new space to your existing house. Let us consider the important issued involved.
Know the Local Laws Regarding Garage Conversion
Before starting your conversion work, you should try to understand the existing local laws regarding the subject. There can be some restrictions regarding the way you have to heat or cool the space, where you are going to park your car etc.
At some places there are restrictions like a studio apartment to be occupied by single occupant. These laws can be studied by visiting the website of your city or its building department.
You also will have to make proper plan of the proposed construction and get it approved by the local competent authority.
Effect on the Value of Your Existing House
Changing your garage into a living space can have significant affect on the value of the whole property. In a place where all the residents have separate garages, converting your garage will decrease the acceptability and the price of the present property.
In other areas where there are so many houses without a garage, the additional room my increase the value of your property.
Where to Park Your Car?
When you convert your garage into a room where are you going to put the car? Have you got enough space in your compound to park the car or are you going to park it in the street? Weather considerations are also important in this aspect.
Have You Enough Storage Space?
Most of the garages are stuffed with all unwanted and unimportant articles in your house. When you convert this space, you must find place for putting these things.
Ascertain that alternate storage space has been located before starting the remodeling process.