If you have a garage that is being used as a dumping ground then you may really benefit from getting it converted into a bedroom. When you do this, you will have way more space, an extra room in case family want to stop over and you can even turn it into an office when it is not in use. The possibilities are endless, so if you are ready to get started then here’s what you need to do.
The fact that your garage is on the ground floor will offer you an instant benefit. The floor is most likely made out of a concrete slab and this makes it very easy to lay carpet or even a laminate floor. When you do lay down your flooring, you need to think about the heating capabilities of the room. Carpet will feel warmer and this is especially the case if you live in a colder climate. Laminate, on the other hand, can provide a cooling effect, so it is much better for hot summer months. By working out which option is more suited to your needs, you can then begin to start planning out the rest of your conversion.
There is a high chance that you will need to insulate your garage in order to make it nice and cozy. Blown-in insulation is the way to go if you want to reduce the amount of work that needs to be done. If you have an older property then there is a high chance that you have a brick wall and therefore you can’t use the blown-in method. Instead, you will have to build stud walls and mount them around 3 inches away from the wall. This will then accommodate insulation and plasterboard. It will make the room smaller, but it will really provide you with some great insulation.
When converting your garage, you need to limit the cost to 2.1% of your home’s value. If you manage to structure your conversion well enough then you could end up making 79% of the cost back when you sell your property. This is a fantastic way for you to make your home more suited to your needs without losing out on a ton of money. If you want to keep the cost down then don’t install another bathroom, instead find a way to connect it to the one that you have now and if you have a garage door, don’t replace it. Instead, look into getting a garage door repair.
If you plan on running air conditioning for your garage conversion then you will need to extend your home’s ductwork into the garage itself. This is the most affordable way for you to get the job done, as it’s a very simple project. Electric baseboards are cheap to buy as well, but they will cost you more in terms of your electricity bill. If you want to reduce the cost of heating and cooling your garage, then it helps to make sure that your garage has one square foot vent for every 300ft of space.