Here are a few tips to help make your garage conversion worth it:
Hire a Professional
A garage conversion project is a significant undertaking with a lot of intricate details that need to be addressed. For best results, you need to hire a professional to design and build out space. This isn’t just a simple remodel, it involves a lot of work with floors and exterior walls which are generally outside the skill set of the average homeowner.
Many garages have exterior doors that can really ruin the flow of a brand new family room. To make your new space feel like it’s always been there, frame over exterior doors or include them in the layout of the room. Consult your architect or space planner for the best advice.
Address the Outside
When you convert a garage, you need to replace the garage door. The trick is to reside the outside so it looks like it was never there to begin with. You can also talk to your architect about installing windows in the area where there used to be a garage door to make it look more natural. Consider saving a garage conversion until it’s time to replace your siding, so you end up with a seamless exterior.
Move the Driveway
This one is a doozy. Nothing says “there used to be a garage here” quite like a driveway to nowhere. When you do a garage conversion, you need to either move or eliminate the driveway. If you have space on your lot, it’s best to move the drive to the side of the house. If that’s not possible you need to eliminate the driveway altogether.
Fix the Floor
Your garage floor is likely speckled with oil drops and other mysterious stains brought in by your cars. Additionally, most garage floors are concrete and not ideal for living areas. Because of this, you need to cover the garage floor with either carpet or hardwood. While you are doing this, it’s beneficial to raise the floor of your garage to match the level of your house to make space feel like it’s always been there.
If you need a referral to a professional, contact your agent today!