Do you own one of those homes that have a garage that can be turned into a beautiful living area? Regardless whether it is an attached or detached garage, transforming it into a livable space is always a great option to consider.
Converting your garage into an entertainment room, additional bedroom, or a home office would require additional requirements like plumbing, temperature control, and building ordinances for example. What else should you know?
Scope of Work
The first thing you should know on how to convert a garage into living space is the scope of work needed. The basic work involves raising the concrete floor above the street level to make sure that water does not seem into your living space.
Compensating for the usually sloped and lower garage floor is necessary to bring its elevation to that of your main house. This is achieved by installing new floor structures like wood framed or concrete floors for example.
So what else is involved? The walls and ceilings have to be insulated, upgrading of the electrical system to allow for higher load, replacement of the garage doors and addition of new windows.
The heating and cooling system has to be installed or link it to the existing system of your home. All of these can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks on the average.
Hiring the Professionals
Why is it important to hire professionals to do the conversion work? Aside from the tremendous work that has to be completed? Many of the garages that that have been converted into living spaces still look like garages; the main difference is the presence of furniture that has been moved into the area. This is not true conversion into a livable space.
An architect can help eliminate all traces of the space being a garage by adding design elements and modifying its existing look. For example, you cannot just put a window anywhere, you have to make sure that aside from the aesthetic value, the added windows remain functional. Additional windows will also increase the air flow including the quality of air in your new living space.
Professional architects can also use large doors to replace the old garage door to increase the value of the façade aside from filling the entire garage opening. Large folding glass doors will give a whole new appeal to the exterior of your old garage space.
All of these can be done by hiring the right professionals for the price of $50 to $150 per hour or possibly about 5% to 205 of the entire project cost. This is a worthwhile investment to ensure that all traces of your original garage is wiped out from your new living space.
Now that you have an idea of what it takes to convert your garage to a new living space, how much would such a project cost? The good news with this type of conversion project is that garages have existing walls, roof, and foundation.
This means that these existing structures can translate into savings for you. On the average, these already represent about half of what you expect to spend for new additions.
Converting your garage into a new living space will normally cost you about $20,000 to $50,000 for a two-car sized garage. Want to put in a bathroom as well?
No problem, just add around $15,000 to $25,000 to your budget. Temperature control would be a must for your new living space for comfortable heating and cooling solutions, so this would be another $10,000. Want more savings?
Use your existing centralized heating and cooling system by hiring professionals to plug into it. Putting in a mini split system is another cheaper option you can explore.
All-in-all these are the basic things you need to know how to convert a garage into living space for your family. Find the right professional today and get your conversion project on the way.
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