From Garage To Livable Room
Space is a precious commodity, especially these days with our lives becoming weighed down with ever more ‘stuff.’ If you’re looking for a way to enlarge your home without dealing with the hassle of a full-scale structural addition – that’ll also cost quite a few pretty pennies – converting your garage into a living space could add as much as 600 to 700 extra square feet to your home. The good news is that you’ll spend less than if you build a more traditional addition . . . the bad news is that your car(s) may have to make due outside under the harsh wind and rain. Consider the following important elements . . .
- Price – The most important question of all deserves immediate attention, so here’s the breakdown: Depending on what features you want, you’ll probably end-up spending between $25,000 to $45,000 to convert a two-car garage into a functional space. And if you want a bathroom, add another $20,000 onto the total. Grand total: $45,000 to $65,000.
- Why Does It Cost So Much $$$? – Glad you asked . . . converting a garage is no simple task. Expect the whole job to take at least a month, maybe longer, and involve some of the following tasks: adding doors and windows, replacing the garage door with an actual wall, raising the floor to make room for insulation – plus extra insulation throughout, adding a heating and cooling system, and an electrical service upgrade the cover the added energy needs. Don’t forget the bathroom either . . . .
- Okay, What Are The Cons? – As I mentioned above, your car’s going to have to be outside 24/7. Depending on where you live , Mother Nature could seriously damage your ride in terms of excess sunlight or vicious winter storms. Plus, the likelihood of your car getting broken into obviously increases when it’s parked outside for anyone to prey on. And now that your garage is a fancy bedroom, where are you going to keep the lawnmower, rake, tools, and other yard-related gear? Food for thought . . .
Converting a garage into a room can serve a whole mess of functions. For a tidy sum, the garage can be transformed into a workout room, personal office, bathroom, family room, den, bedroom, or you could even remodel it into a swanky home theater. Sounds pretty great doesn’t it? Anything’s possible in terms of remodeling your home . . . just make sure you know what you’re getting into before the work crew arrives.