Your garage basically serves the main objective of protecting your vehicle or storing your miscellaneous items. But if the time comes that you would need additional room to host guests, have your own personal space, give your kids their special play area or for other purposes, consider your garage to be converted into another livable space.
A lot of home owners have embarked on this home improvement project and immediately enjoyed their newly converted space. To have the same benefit, you must carefully plan for this endeavor. Your first task is to examine the status of your current garage and its components such electrical wiring, insulation, ventilation and other functions needed for your new room plan. If any of these components is lacking, you have further considerations prior to the construction work.
Local building codes must be strictly complied with. Thus, it is crucial to check the regulations in your area before the construction proper takes place. In most states a building permit must be secured if the structure renovation would involve one or more of the following: demolition of load-bearing walls, alteration of roofline and original footprint of the house, new electrical wiring, insulation and plumbing. Another restricting factor you must look into is the preset condition in your community, especially if you belong to gated ones. Most developers maintain uniform superficial appearance of houses in a certain community and that clause prohibits major facade renovations. Only the interiors of the home or detached structures within the property are allowed to be altered in appearance.
If the conversion would necessitate for drastic changes, seek assistance from a structural engineer and/or architect for the new room’s design. Prepare your budget considering the construction materials, labor expenses and professional fees. See to it that you would adhere to your budget and you can do that if you primarily stick to your expected time frame of project completion. However, allocate for a contingency fund for sudden requirements like purchasing more materials.
It is equally significant to include new installations and/or re-assignment of facilities needed in the design for the new space. There are specific needs depending on the type of living area you want to build. For example, guest quarters would need a bathroom, proper insulation and ventilation. Livable spaces for intensive work, like studios, workshops or hobby rooms, would need ample and diverse lighting and wide workspace. Rooms for entertainment or recreation require efficient power distribution. Spaces for children like a playroom must be equipped with child-friendly features like soft or non-slippery flooring, child-proof electrical sockets or reachable light switches.
Minor renovations in contrast would work for garages with present good structural conditions in terms of ventilation, insulation, electrical wiring or plumbing. Such garage can be easily converted into an office, sitting room, meditation room, garden room or any other space. Simple steps for this undemanding remodeling would include removing all the clutter, disinfecting, repainting or putting new wallpaper and renewing material for the floor. Furniture pieces and accessories like couches, bean bags, desk, chairs, hammock, cabinets, dividers, shelves, and potted plants can instantaneously liven up the room.
The expenses involved in either renovation option would be offset by the benefits you can later on enjoy once the garage conversion is done. Having another living space at the same time your home increases its value and aesthetic appeal are just a few of the perks from this project.
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