If you’re looking to create a man cave, woman cave, office area, or just want to add square footage to your home, converting your garage into a living space might be the option for you. Garages are often altered to cater to a specific function, like an office, den or extra bedroom. If you choose to convert your garage, you’ll typically add about 600 square feet to your home when it’s a two-car garage. This could be one of the easiest ways to add on to your home without expensive construction.
Considerations Before You Begin
When you decide to create your masterpiece addition, the first thing to consider is the design of the room. The great part of converting a garage is there’s already a foundation, walls, roof, etc., so the basic structure and size of the design are already taken care of. However, there are several things you will need to consider before you begin. You’ll also want to make sure that you acquire a permit if it’s required, read up on any zoning ordinances, and double-check with your homeowner’s association if you belong to one. Next, make sure you choose the right professionals to create and carry out your wishes, and as always make sure your project in on time and on budget. Most importantly, don’t be the person who’s garage looks like it was at one time a garage. You’ll have to get rid of anything that is a reminder of a garage, such as the doors, including a design incorporating windows.
A Few Thing On Your To-Do List
Don’t forget you’ll have to remove the drywall and put in insulation, and you’ll need to make sure you find a way for the floor to be raised and insulate it as well. You’ll need to plan for new electrical wiring for any outlets and other necessities, and plan for plumbing if adding a bath area. Also, take into consideration heating and air by tying it into the existing system or utilize a ductless split system. Depending on the location and size of the garage, you might consider a design which incorporates multi-function use, including still using it as a place to store your car. If you’re not sure of what to do, some companies offer pre-built garage kits, allowing you choices, and ginving you peace of mind with those design options.
What To Budget
Since the garage is an already existing structure, using it instead of creating an all-new add-on will help defray the cost by at least half. However, depending on what you’re looking for in a garage remodel you can expect the cost to be in the range of $15,000-$50,000. Costs can vary based on several factors such as location, design, materials, and contractors. Don’t forget to set aside extra funds in case of an emergency arising during the construction, or if you decide to build in anything else, like a bathroom.
All garage conversions are unique and should play to the attributes of the garage you have, whether it’s a tall ceiling or a large enough space to create your own movie theater. It’s your space, so create something special for your family while you add value to your home. Just remember to not overthink the conversion, everyone will know it was at one time a garage. Make your garage a space family and visitors will both love and be envious of for holidays to come.