A garage conversion can add an extra room to your home — anything from a workshop to a gym or home theater
Looking for more space to hide out or entertain in your home? Consider a garage conversion. You can turn a garage into anything from a workshop to a gym or home theater.
But first, you’ll have to clear out the clutter that’s accumulated. Make piles of things to keep, things to lose, and items to place in a rented storage unit. Donate, sell or simply trash the items you no longer want or need. You may also want to place some things into storage temporarily while the remodel is under way.
What do you want the room to be?
What do you want to use the space for?
- Man cave
- Game room
- Guest bedroom or rental apartment
- Office space
- Artist’s studio
- Home theater
- Home gym or Zen studio
- A safe hangout for teens
Next, find a licensed contractor to ensure the remodel consists of quality construction that can raise the resale value of your home.
Along with planning and design, you’ll want to consider:
- Complying with building regulations and permission from your city’s planning commission.
- Replacing garage doors with walls
- Insulating the walls and ceiling
- Increasing the number of electrical outlets and lights
- Adding windows and/or doors
- Adding plumbing and ventilation. This can be expensive, so skip it if the room won’t require plumbing.
Some of these structures will require cosmetic upgrades. For example, if you’re installing a wet bar, refrigerator and television, you’ll need to address the additional power demands. If you’re setting up a game room, be sure there’s sufficient overhead lighting. If you plan to use chemicals or welding equipment, you may require a plumbing line for a wash sink.
For a rental apartment, consider installing a loft for the bedroom and add the plumbing necessary for a living room, kitchen and private bathroom. For an office where you’ll be entertaining clients, consider adding a window for natural light. You might also need to wire the garage for internet and phone connectivity. If you live in Southern California, it’s also likely you’ll need air-conditioning to keep cool in the summertime. You might want to upgrade the garage floor by sealing and refinishing the concrete slab.
You should also consider the ceiling. Do you want to keep the rafters or install a drywall ceiling? A ceiling will allow you to hang a lamp or a ceiling fan, as needed.
The possibilities are endless. With patience and diligence – and a storage unit for seasonal and other items you only need occasionally – you can turn your garage into a haven for you and your friends.
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