Most homeowners use their garage the only way they know how, by parking their cars inside and using it for storage. While there is nothing wrong with how they use their garage space, it might be different for you. If you don’t want to waste that space just for your car, then you may consider converting a garage into something new.
Maybe you need more space in your home, but don’t have the budget for a renovation or an addition. Fortunately, your garage is already there, and converting it can be easier than you might think. Perhaps you need more office space in your house, or want to use that room for woodworking or other crafts, or maybe you finally get that pool table you always wanted.
No matter what your reason may be, converting your garage will have many benefits, both in the short term and in the long term. Because the structure is already there, you can keep many of the costs down, which helps your wallet now. An additional living space can increase the value of your home, which could help out your wallet later.
Before you fully commit to converting your garage, consider other factors that could weigh on that decision. Foremost, you lose that space for your car. Your garage may not have been a top priority when it comes to cleaning or repairs, and if it’s in rough shape, you may spend more to make those fixes before you begin the conversion.
Like all rooms in your home, to convert a garage you will need drywall and flooring. Be sure you have upgraded all electrical fixtures and give yourself enough light. If you cannot connect to your home’s existing HVAC system, then install an independent system to help regulate the temperature.
Perhaps the most important step when it comes to turning your garage into another living space is installing the insulation. Updating the walls and ceiling are obvious, but do not overlook the garage door. Older garage doors may not keep the cool air out in winter, or keep the cool air in during summer. With the right insulation, and the right garage door, you will have nothing to worry about.
If converting your garage is in your future, contact Environmental Door. We can help repair or replace your old garage door to ensure that the new space you create will be the best that it can be. Call Environmental Door today at 616-453-0164 for a free quotation.