Many people today are thinking of ways to utilize their home to the fullest, while adding value. When it comes to your garage, the possibilities are endless. Even though it already serves a lot of purposes, converting your garage can expand your living space and provide you with valuable additional square footage. You can make your garage a home office, play area, home gym, living room, or any area that could serve you best.
As with any remodel or renovation, there are positives and negatives associated with the project. One of the biggest benefits of converting your garage is that it’s a great way to increase the functional living space in your home, and it’s a lot cheaper than building an addition to your house or moving to a bigger place. Even if you set aside the added functionality, converted garages could also help raise your property value if you decide to sell down the line.
Ironically, the primary benefit of converting a garage is also the major drawback. If you renovate your garage into a living space, you’ll lose valuable storage for your cars, landscaping equipment, and tools. Also, if most of the houses in your neighborhood have garages, buyers may view your house negatively if you decide to sell.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide if the trade-offs are worth it. Here are some tips to get you started in planning to convert your garage into a living space:
1. Consider the garage structure. You have to be sure that the garage is safe and structurally viable to be converted into a living space. If it is not structurally viable, you have to ensure that you work on it before creating it into something new. You may want to hire a contractor to help with the overall project.
2. Insulate the space. One of the first tasks in the conversion process will be to insulate the ceiling and walls and then install drywall. At Bilt Rite we have Insulated doors that will help to reduce the amount of outside air that enters your garage, thus reducing the amount of energy required to cool or heat your home. Insulated doors also reduce noise from the exterior of your home. These can also be glass doors to bring the outdoors in.
3. Electrical wiring. Aside from running electricity to the space, you may also want to consider upgrading your electric service so that it can handle the larger load.
4. Heating and Air. You can connect the garage to your home’s existing HVAC system or purchase an independent system, such as a heater or a window unit.
As you work on converting your garage into a more appealing and functional space, you may decide that you want to upgrade your garage door to match your new interior. Bilt Rite also has glass garage doors and other customizable options to bring the outdoors in. Contact us today to talk about your garage renovation project.