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.