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Want a converted garage into a living space that can add value to your home? Our House R Us Professional Engineers can help with the design of the floor plan for the garage conversion.
Should You Convert Your Garage Into a Room?
If you need more space in your house, but don’t want to build a full-scale addition, converting your garage may be a great option for you.
To convert a garage, the Real Estate Project generates many questions and concerns, and planning and guiding is needed before starting the job.
Also, understand that when converting a garage, cost is a must. Costs depend on the type of garage conversion project and must not be underestimated.
If you think to keep your home for a long term and want to use your underutilized space to living area, it could bring financial benefits/costs after your garage conversion ideas project is finished.
Our Architects and Engineers can help you with your garage conversions or any home additions.
Submitting Designs to Authority Having Jurisdiction.
Once your detailed plans are submitted, they go through various departments like zoning, environmental, police, schools, building, fire, and engineering specialties.
Each department will make notes and will requests edits. It’s not uncommon for even experienced architects to have to submit twice.
Converting the garage needs to meet building code and general industry standards. Low quality improvements won’t return value. In fact, they could turn buyers away if you decide to sell in the future.
The average family doesn’t want to buy a home that requires extensive patch up work and modifications.
Do things right for your own peace of mind and to ensure a better return at resale.
If you are thinking about home improvement or convert your garage, it’s time to talk to the friendly team at House R Us.
We can help you to turn your garage space into usable space.
Whether you need a bedroom, a self-contained unit with all the amenities, or even a secondary family room, we can help you to achieve your vision of conversion.
Finish your garage converted right and get a real return on your investment. Contact us today to start your next home remodeling project
A typical two-car garage can add 600 square feet to a home. It isn’t for everyone, so here is what you need to know according to logic:
Using the existing structure of your garage will typically cost you half of what it would take to build an addition. Expect to pay between $20,000 and $50,000 to convert your two-car garage, depending on what features and finishes you include, and the cost of construction where you live. It will be less if you only have a one-car garage or if you just want to make it very basic. For example, we converted a one-car garage into a simple office for just $5,000.
If there’s a bathroom in your plans, add another $15,000 to $25,000.
A garage conversion is not something to do on the cheap. It may take 4-6 weeks and can include the following:
- raising the floor height to allow for insulation over the concrete slab
- fully insulating walls and ceiling
- providing heating and cooling for the space, either by tying into the house’s main system or adding an independent one
- an electrical service upgrade to accommodate the larger load
- opening up the partition wall between your house and the garage to create an open floor plan
- replacing garage doors with fully insulated stud walls
- adding windows and doors
To transform your garage into a true wing of the house, you’ll need to eliminate any evidence of the old garage door openings, install plenty of windows, and perhaps add rooftop design elements.
An architect can help you add design elements.
Converting your garage to living space means giving up your indoor, weather-protected parking spaces. Sounds obvious enough, but parking outside can raise bigger problems than just needing more frequent car washes.
In California, exposure to the elements can lead to premature aging of your vehicles. Also you may have to find another place to park during a if need be, but public parking garages are an inexpensive option.
Parking outside increases the risk of vehicle break-ins and thefts anywhere such crimes are common.
Some densely settled municipalities require houses to have a set number of off-street parking spots, so unless you can provide those elsewhere on the lot, converting the garage may not be a legal option.
You may be losing storage for tools, lawn mowers, paint, etc, but a backyard shed can house these if possible.
Request a quote and let us know about your garage conversion today!