Wouldn’t it be great if you could add another room to your home, without making any major changes to your floor plan? With a garage conversion, you can. A garage conversion allows you to transform your garage into a versatile living space that feels just like the rest of your home.
Why Convert the Garage?
Many homeowners want to build a home addition or accessory unit on their property, but it isn’t always feasible to change a home’s floor plan or tear down existing walls. When this is the case, a garage conversion can be an excellent option for adding more living space to the home (around 600 square feet for a two-car garage, to be precise). Because the foundation, walls, and roof are already in place, garage conversion can be a relatively straightforward project. Some homeowners choose to transform their garages into large family rooms, while others create expanded luxury kitchens or workshops dedicated to certain hobbies.
Important Factors to Consider with Garage Conversion
As with any home remodel, there are a number of important factors to consider before any major work starts.
- Garage door
For most garage conversions, the garage door is removed and the space filled in to blend with the rest of the house. You might install a large patio door or frame a new wall that features a bay window. Your driveway may have included rain or water management features that may need to be relocated.
Most garages sit on an uninsulated concrete slab. In a garage conversion, the floor is usually raised to allow for insulation over the concrete slab and to keep water out of the converted space.
It’s important to complete energy upgrades such as air sealing and insulation to ensure that the heating and cooling solution for the new conversion performs effectively. If your garage is attached to the house, you may be able to extend your existing heating and cooling systems to the new space. Otherwise, you could install an independent HVAC system such as a ductless mini-split.
Most garages have a single lighting circuit and will therefore require additional circuits. If your panel is not already in the garage, additional wiring can typically be run from the house.
Adding plumbing lines is often the single biggest expense in a garage conversion project. If you want to add a bathroom or kitchenette, you will need plumber.
A successful garage conversion manages to transform the garage into a living space that blends seamlessly with the rest of the home.
Is There a Downside?
Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that converting your garage into a living space means giving up indoor, weather-protected parking for your vehicle. It could also mean giving up storage space for landscape tools and lawn mowers. For many homeowners, however, this is a welcome trade-off — especially when the garage is not often used for parking and landscape tools can be stored in a shed.
Though a garage conversion may be simpler than a home addition or accessory unit, it does require help from an experienced home remodeler. At ecobeco, we specialize in green remodels which help DMV area homeowners transform their homes while retaining a focus on green living. If you’re considering transforming your garage, talk to our expert team of designers, builders, and remodelers today.