You may think of your garage as a storage space for your sports equipment, or a hub for your cars, but have you ever considered converting it into a living space? If you don’t need your garage for its traditional use, but would like another space for your family to enjoy and relax, your garage could be the perfect transformation. Whether you want an extra bedroom, a home office, a playroom, craft room, or living room, there are plenty of ways to make your garage more livable. Here are 4 things to consider before converting your garage into a living space!
1. The Floor
The floor in your garage is one of the main things to consider if you’re converting it into a living space. You’ll probably have to install a new floor structure as garage floors are often sloped, cracked and sit lower than the rest of the home. A good option to consider is installing a concrete floor or “topping slab” over the existing floor. This will help keep water from infiltrating the interior and also allows you to install a heating system within the concrete to give your new space more warmth.
2. The Windows
Your garage may not have any windows right now, and even if it does, you’ll likely want to add a few more to make it feel more livable. The size and location of your windows will have to comply with local building codes, so make sure to check them out before starting the work. Like the rest of your home’s windows, you’ll want the windows for your new space to enhance your home’s elegance and comfort. We have the perfect selection for you. Not only do Gentek windows seamlessly blend beauty and strength, they’re also energy efficient and low maintenance. Yes, you can have it all!
3. The Opening
If you’re considering converting your garage into a living space, you may be wondering what to do with the garage door opening. One option is to keep the garage door, taking the steps to ensure that it’s weathertight. If you have gorgeous barn, chalet, or carriage-style garage doors that give the space character and charm, this could be a really great option. Another alternative is to install large windows or folding glass doors in the opening if it fits the aesthetics of the space.
4. The Temperature
Typically, garages don’t require temperature control, but if you’re transforming it into a livable area, the temperature of the room should be top of mind! Your new living area will need to be heated and cooled, depending on the season. You may be able to use your existing central heating and cooling system, but don’t bet on it. If you’re not able to, a mini split system is the perfect alternative!
Converting your garage into a living space can be a fun (yet challenging) feat! Take these tips into consideration while you’re planning your project and you’ll be good to go!