When you have a garage
that you rarely utilize, you may want to evaluate the
conversion possibilities that are available. This can
increase the value of your property, as well as effectively
provide you with bonus space for your home.
The first thing that you have to do is decide how much
space you are going to need. Then, you will need to evaluate
what has to be done to the garage in order to make it
habitable. You will soon be ready to convert your garage
into that much needed space!
Evaluate Your Space before Converting your Garage
The first thing that you should do is to take a look
at your home and see what kind of space you are missing.
This could be any type of space, and you will find that
you will be able to turn your garage into anything that
you want it to be. This might be an extra room for office,
craft or computer room, storage or mud room, or whatever
you need. Some families have converted their garages
into mini-stages for their theatrical children. However,
you should take a careful inventory of your home and
see what is missing, before you decide what you should
It's important to find the right space, though it's worth bearing in mind that converting a room quite extensively may require a modification of your home insurance, so don't forget to update the people who need updating! It's also a chance to expand and change your home, because your priorities won't always be the same. If you're thinking of creating a new den, or living room, this can only be a good idea - it's an example of your domestic needs coming through, so get rid of the old and create the new.
Create the Plan for Converting your Garage
After you have decided the needs you have for a garage
conversion, you must create a plan to implement the changes.
One of the most effective ways to analyze the room is
by going into the garage at night. Does air get in around
the door? Is the floor cold? Does it appear that the
windows are solid?
You have to decide what structural elements in the
garage have to be changed, and which you can live with,
in order to get the benefits of a garage conversion.
Remember, this will be an extension of your home, and
you want to make sure that it is inhabitable both day
and night. What traditionally is a semi-outdoor space
needs to be converted into an indoor space, and thus,
the walls, ceilings, floors, and lighting must be altered
as such. Will the new room need heating or AC ventilation?
Does it need additional wiring to provide appropriate
electricity and lighting to the room? Converting your
garage into an extra room is much cheaper than a build-out,
but there are still many considerations that go into
a successful conversion.
You may want to evaluate the cost-benefits of doing
the conversion yourself or hiring an outside contractor
to handle the project. Although it is more cost effective
for you to utilize your own labor, a contractor may be
ideal if there are many structural changes that need
to be done.
Planning is the hard part. Now you just have to implement
your plan to increase the economic value of your property
and give your family that great extra space!