Garage Remodel to Increase Your Living Space

Garage Remodel to Increase Your Living Space

If the amount of living space in your home seems to be shrinking as your family is growing then you might want to consider a garage remodel to increase your living space.  Not only does this give more room for your family to use it also adds to the overall value of your home.  It is easier to do than adding an additional storey to your home and you may not have the space on your property for an addition.  The construction costs will be far lower than an addition, the space is already there it is just a matter of converting it to the type of room that you can use.

Planning and Prep Work

Just like any home renovation project if you want things to go smoothly then make a plan and stick to it.  Start by cleaning all of your existing stuff out of the garage that may be stored there.  This will give you a better idea of the space and what you can do with it. Do you want to add another bedroom, a home office or some type of family room?  Once you figure out how you’re going to use the space then you can make a reasonable budget for  the project.  If you’re unsure about quite what to do with space then here are some ideas.

Finding a Contractor

The easiest and fastest way to get the job done is by getting a professional into to do it for you.  If you want to make your renovation dollars stretch as far as you can then you can take on some of the work yourself.  Don’t overestimate your abilities or the amount of time it will take to get completed.

Finding a good contractor is always a challenge, but take your time to vet any of the contractors that you speak with to make sure you find the right company.  Ask for references, look at online reviews, proof of insurance and ask to see some examples of past work.  You can never be too careful when it comes to hiring any type of contractor.

How Long Will the Renovation Take

A garage conversion is a fairly big job even when you are converting it into a simple room.  If you are adding things like bathrooms or even a kitchen then it is even more complicated.  It can easily take two to three weeks for the conversion to be completed. Renovations need to be done in a orderly fashion and at any point you can be waiting for electricians or inspectors to show up before you can move on to the next phase of construction.  That being said a garage refit isn’t anywhere as intrusive on your daily life as a kitchen or bath renovation.

Converting your garage into usable, livable space is an ideal solution for a growing family that needs more room.  Not only that it will increase the overall value of your home while being one of the more cost effective renovations that you can do.  Talk with a contractor and see what you can to for the space.


The Average Cost of a Basement Remodel

The Average Cost of a Basement Remodel

One  of the most common reasons that homeowners choose to renovate is so that they can increase the amount of living space in their homes.  You can do this a couple of ways, by putting an addition on to your home, renovating the attic but the most common is to finish off the basement.  If you’re contemplating finishing your basement but you’re wondering about the cost then you’re not alone.  The average cost of a basement remodel can run you anywhere from $5,000 for a basic finish to more than $100,000 for a state of the art man cave with all of the bells and whistles.  Let’s take a look at what you can expect to spend based on the type of remodel that you choose, bear in mind that none of this is written in stone and your costs can vary a great deal.

The Basic Finish

If you have a basement that has absolutely nothing in it and you want to turn it into a livable space then you will be doing a basic finish. This is actually easier and cheaper than renovating an existing space.  For this you are going to have to frame in the walls, insulate, moisture proof, add in the ceiling and floors and install whatever electrical and plumbing that you need.  To do most of the work yourself you will be looking at roughly $7,000, if you are planning on hiring a contractor to do the work for you then you can expect to pay upwards of $20,000.  You can increase that budget if you plan on adding a downstairs bathroom to the space.  This estimate is based on a home of 2,000 square feet.

A Full Remodel

If you have a basement that has already been finished but it looks like the set of That 70’s Show you may be ready to rip it all out and update the whole thing.  If you want to change the layout and add spaces like a home office, playroom, rec room or an additional bedroom then you can expect to pay $20,000 – $30,000 for the whole project.  You can save yourself some money by taking down the existing walls.  If you need additional plumbing or an electrician to add some outlets then expect to pay a bit more.

A Finished System

There are companies that will use prefab walls and other parts to create a finished basement in no time flat.  You don’t have to do any of the work yourself, it is quick and the work comes with warranties that your basement will stay warm and dry.  The materials are proprietary and an installed system runs $40 – $50 per square foot.  It can get pricey pretty quickly, if you have a 2,000 square foot home can cost you nearly a $100,000 to finish.

Renovating your basement isn’t a cheap endeavor but it is one of those projects that will payoff.  One of the best investments you can make to increase the value of your home is to add to the living space.  Basements give you the chance to add family rooms, bedrooms or a home office.  Bear in mind that these estimates are just that, estimates.  The actual cost can run higher especially if you need to hire in plumbers and electricians, it will all be worth it in the end.