Deciding to expand the garage into living space can help you get additional square footage for your home. Whether you are looking for a single room or even a tiny apartment addition, converting your garage is no easy task. Today, we at Future Vision Remodeling would like to share some tips and advice on undergoing this project to help you complete the transition with ease.
How to Convert a Garage into a Bedroom or Living Space
1) Altering the Garage Door. The garage door can be a bit of a challenge to patch up with the original materials used on the exterior of your home to match it up completely. If this applies to you consider replacing the garage door with some elegant French doors, or a currently trending sliding barnyard door to not only secure an entry point to your home, but create a charming and homey feel as well. With an absent garage, you may be wondering what to do with the driveway. Converting that area into a little flower garden, complete with a walk way or something of that nature, could be just the finishing touch your newly converted garage needs.
2) Blend in the Garage Conversion. If you are including the garage to blend in with the rest of the home as opposed to making it into its own apartment, keep the overall style that already exists in your home. Opting for something on the opposite side of the spectrum is often too harsh. The newly found space should still blend into the rest of your home. Stick to similar colors on the walls and materials found on the floors to mesh with the rest of your home.
3) Garage Conversion Consultation. Those that are a “do it yourself” kind of project handler, still invest in a consultation with a professional. Offering ideas with solutions to help get the garage converted into a likable living space can really help down the road in making decisions.
4) Raising Garage Floor to Match House Floor. Before anything else; be sure to level the garage floor. More often than not the garage floor is situated a step down from the home, and naturally slopes towards the driveway. It helps by leveling the floor before you decide how the space is set.
5) Insulation, Electrical, Plumbing & HVAC. In most homes, the garage is not insulated, or only minimally so. Following the leveling of the floors, insulating the walls is the next priority, if they are not already insulated. Be sure to install any plumbing or electrical needs before closing up the wall to avoid continuous hassles during your project. Unless you have prior experience, do not undertake the electrical or plumbing work; leave it to the professionals. We will ensure the job gets done safely and efficiently. Garages are rarely equipped with HVAC systems. However, in many homes it is still possible to connect your HVAC system into the garage. Invest in a professional to ensure the project is completed sufficiently.
6) Install a Window in Garage. Window installation can be done to accommodate the style that appeals to you. Allowing natural light to envelop the space is always a good choice. Don’t forget to think about the privacy of your space when situating the windows.
Garage Conversions, Home Remodeling & More in Redwood City, Foster City & Greater San Jose, California
If taking on the garage project is too much of a challenge, contact Future Vision Remodeling today and let our consulting experts and crew create the garage space of your dreams.