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Things to Consider When Converting Your Garage

Converting a garage into a living space is a popular way to add an extra room to a home. Whether you want to create a home office, a playroom, or an extra bedroom, a garage conversion can provide the space you need. Harvey builders can help you convert your garage into your personal space. However, before you start ripping out walls and installing new flooring, there are several things to consider when converting your garage. 

Things You Should Know When Converting Your Garage

1. Building Codes And Permits

One of the first things you need to do before converting your garage is to check your local building codes and obtain any necessary permits. The building codes will determine the minimum requirements for safety and comfort, and the permits are required to ensure that the renovation meets those requirements. Harvey builders are professionals and know all the building codes. 

2. Space And Layout

Before you start the renovation, you need to think carefully about the space and layout of the garage. Consider the size of the room, the height of the ceilings, and the location of the doors and windows. You may need to add more windows or skylights to let in more natural light, and you may need to remove or relocate some of the doors to create a more functional space.

3. Insulation And Ventilation

Garages are typically not insulated or ventilated, so you must add insulation and ventilation to the walls, ceiling, and floors. Appropriate insulation will assist with keeping the room warm in the colder time of year and cool in the late spring. In contrast, legitimate ventilation will assist with forestalling and forming dampness development.

4. Flooring And Lighting

The flooring and lighting of the room are also important considerations. Depending on your needs and preferences, you may want to install a new flooring material, such as carpet, hardwood, or tile. You must also install good lighting fixtures to brighten the space.

5. Heating And Cooling

Another important consideration is the heating and cooling system for the room. Suppose your garage is not connected to your central heating and cooling system. In that case, you must install a separate system, such as a ductless mini-split or window air conditioning unit.

6. Electrical And Plumbing

Add electrical outlets and lighting fixtures if you plan to use the converted garage as a bedroom or home office. You may also need to add plumbing fixtures, such as a sink or a toilet, if you plan to use the space as a guest room or a home gym.

7. Structural Changes

If you plan to make structural changes to the garage, such as removing walls or adding new windows or doors, you must hire a professional contractor to ensure the changes are safe and structurally sound.

8. Storage Space

Finally, you need to consider storage space. If you are converting your garage into a living space, you must find a new place to store your tools, lawn equipment, and other belongings previously stored in the garage. You may need to build a new shed or install storage racks or cabinets in another part of your house.

Conclusion

Converting a garage into a living space with the help of Lingwood Construction can be a great way to add square footage to your home. However, it is important to carefully consider the factors listed above before you start the renovation. With careful planning and attention to detail, you can create a beautiful and functional living space that meets your needs and enhances the value of your home.