What do you need to know?
- What Will It Cost?
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.
- Important Construction Details
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
- Outward Appearances
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.
- What Will You Sacrifice?
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!