One of the most important steps in converting a garage into a living space is figuring out what utilities the rest of your home has that your garage doesn't, which ones you want to have in the converted room, and finding a way to get them there.
(PRWEB) November 13, 2014
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Garage conversions are becoming a popular option for homeowners who are strapped for space, but who don’t want to move or do a full addition. Particularly in older homes with single car garages, a garage conversion can improve the flow and functionality of the home. But this type of renovation isn’t without its difficulties. HomeThangs.com has introduced a new guide to some of the challenges of converting a garage, and a few things to consider before undertaking this type of project.
In some ways, garages are an ideal space for a renovation. Like attics and basements, they already have the basic framing and are big enough at the very least to be converted into a full sized bedroom. But they lack standard hookups – like electrical outlets, plumbing, or ventilation – as well as more significant architectural elements, like insulation, windows, or finished floors. A very basic garage conversion may require little more than some drywall and a coat of paint, but making the space really livable requires much more work and planning.
Local zoning laws or parking ordinances may also present a problem when converting a garage, and it’s important to work closely with a professional – and get all the right permits and permissions – to make sure a converted garage is up to code. It’s also worth noting that while a garage conversion is much less expensive than a full addition, a full renovation can still run $20k-$50 or more if the design includes a bathroom or kitchenette.
HomeThangs.com's full guide discusses these issues and more in detail, and includes an inspiration gallery of what a converted garage can look like when it’s done. Check it out here!
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